Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Apple Stores Block JailbreakMe

The best part of the easy, web-based jailbreak exploit for iOS devices was that pranksters have been hacking iPhones inside Apple Stores. They have been walking into stores, visiting Jailbreakme.com in mobile Safari and boom, Apple’s own demo devices are hacked. It’s that easy.

Of course, Apple didn’t like this, especially as restoring a single phone to its defaults and re-loading its media library can take an hour or more. So Apple did what any parent would do if the kids were causing trouble: it blocked Jailbreakme.com from the in-store Wi-Fi. A simple, effective fix, right? Actually, no. One ne’erdowell, who goes by the name IT Geek, worked around it by using the mobile hotspot feature on his Nexus One to get an in-store iPad Jailbreak connected to the big wide internet. Here’s the video.

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