It sounds like jailbreaking might be dying. It’s now been three months since iOS6 came out and there’s no real jailbreak. There is a tethered jailbreak for a few machines but that’s it. Now there are reports that the forthcoming (and eagerly awaited) 6.1 makes jailbreaking even harder.
A prominent jailbreak hacker wrote the following a few days ago on Twitter:
There must have been some change of guard at Apple.iOS6.1 adds again tougher protections although public JB community hasn’t broken iOS6 yet
While I would like a jailbreak truth be told I’ve not missed not having my iPhone 5 jailbroken. The bluetooth is much better about power than in the past – to the point that I rarely switch it off now. I’d still like to be able to quickly turn some things on and off with NCSettings, but it’s not quite the big issue it was in the past.
Don’t get me wrong, I kind of was hoping to jailbreak so that I could use Pythonista a little more robustly. While I’m not sure, I’d lay good odds that I could install the libraries I want into Pythonista were I jailbroken not to mention easily editing scripts on my Mac.
There are quite a few small other things I’d love to do were I jailbroken. And honestly I don’t quite understand why it’s been such a big deal for Apple. I’d love to have something like Gatekeeper on iOS. It looks like that’s less likely in the future.