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Apple finally gives jailbroken iPhones green light?

iPhone jailbreaking okayed by Apple?
iPhone jailbreaking okayed by Apple?

Apple might have given in and decided to allow jailbreaking of iPhones after a key API was removed in iOS 4.2.

This means that Apple can no longer check to see if you've got a 'good' or 'naughty' phone – this comes after the US government earlier said that jailbreaking an iPhone was entirely legal.

Whether this was disabled or removed completely has yet to be confirmed by Apple – it could simply be a temporary measure before a minor update rebuilds the garden walls.

The workers will run riot!

Network World is pointing out the problems this could cause to IT managers – the jailbreak detection tool was a useful way of finding out if OS files had been corrupted by outside security threats, so it will be interesting to see how Apple responds.

Of course, it does open your phone up to security flaws, erratic battery life and errors – but that's all part of the fun, right?

From Network World via IntoMobile

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.