Days after its release, Apple's new iOS 6.1 jailbroken for older, tethered devices.
With users always trying to get the most out of their devices, a tech-savvy move that's becoming more and more popular lately is the practice of "jailbreaking" phones to make them capable of more. Particularly with the iPhone, jailbreaking the device allows the user to run apps the phone couldn't run before. Only days after the release of Apple's iOS 6.1, the OS can already allegedly be jailbroken by the program Redsn0w. However, there are a few catches to the current method. Primarily, the jailbreak only works on devices with an A4 chip or older versions, and it must be tethered (connected to a PC) in order to work. Supposedly, developers of Redsn0w are working on a new version to the jailbreak that would be untethered as well as compatible with the iPhone 5.
Dealing with jailbreakers is nothing new for Apple. Several years ago, the company actually allegedly hired a very successful iPhone hacker onto their development team. While many people jailbreak their phones these days, it is easy to get the term confused with the (illegal) method of "unlocking" a phone, making the device usable for any cell phone carrier and not just those the phone was made for. But the process of jailbreaking phones has been performed for many reasons, from downloading new languages to apps not authorized by Apple. Jailbreaking a phone is legal in the US, however Apple warns that doing so can violate the warranty on a device.
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