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Web-based jailbreak for iPhone 4 and iPad

App installation and network restrictions bypassed simply by visiting a URL

Apple's range of IOS devices - including the new iPhone 4 and iPad - have fallen prey to a new web-based jailbreak. Users need only visit a special URL via their handheld's browser to activate the hack.

Previous jailbreaks have been a far more complicated procedure, requiring the installation of custom software on their PC or Mac. The new, easier "2.0" jailbreak is expected to dramatically increase the number of users who elect to bypass Apple's installation and network limitations.

Hacker collective iPhone Dev Team are behind both past jailbreaks, and the new browser-based bypass.

In August 2009, around 10 per cent of iPhones and iPad touches were estimated as having been jailbroken - with one analyst claiming that the resulting piracy constituted $450 million in lost revenue for Apple.

Jailbreaking allows the installation of software that Apple has for any reason disallowed from appearing on its App Store. This includes programs that activate new features, but also enables pirated versions of paid applications.

While the use of pirated software remains illegal, a DMCA amendment recently rendered jailbreaking permissible in the US. Although Apple has previously claimed that jailbreaking violates its copyright, it may well struggle to crack down on the new hack.

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Philipp Nassau Student - Business Administration (M. Sc.) 11 years ago
Getting out of the unilateral Apple-cage seems worth the risk of turning your iPhone into a brick. I think Apple makes a great mistake by being so restrictive about what goes on sale at the App Store and lincensing their phones to exclusive network partnes. Even someone who never would have considered piracy gets an incentive to jailbreak and once that's done, piracy is a much smaller step to take.
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Vitalii Moskalets Game Designer, GameLoft11 years ago
It is always fun to read about estimated lost revenues :) Why those guys think that if there were no piracy application, EVERYBODY who downloaded pirated program would certainly buy it otherwise???
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Chris Kirby Producer 11 years ago
I've had to jailbreak my phones.. I purchased them outright in the UK paid over 500 pounds each for them.. When i moved to Lisbon i rang up Apple and asked if i could use a Portuguese Sim.. They turned me down flat! Since then i have had to jailbreak my phone in order to use them.. I dont use any pirated games all my apps are purchased as normal though the app store.
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David Wicks Editor / Co-Founder, Gamers Heaven11 years ago
ok this website is being used for the greater good, but if a website can access and modify the device firmware what about the content on it? what's to stop someone else devloping a popular website that collects personal data from your device while you're distracted by the latest viral craze be it a video or game?
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