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Apple launches iOS 13.5.1


Two months ago, Apple launched iOS 13.5, equipped with the function of monitoring users’ COVID-19 contacts. This version of the software also speeds up the process of unlocking the iPhone with Face ID when using a mask. However, for those who prefer to change their devices, iOS 13.5 came with something else: a new jailbreak called unc0ver, which allows the installation of software not approved by Apple on devices. Less than a week after the release of the unlocking software, Apple already comes with iOS 13.5.1, which covers the vulnerability.

Why do some iPhone users jailbreak

Jailbreak unlock methods use security system vulnerabilities to allow unsigned code to run. This allows you to install apps from sources other than the Apple App Store and customize your interface the way you want. Most iPhone users do not seem to bother with such solutions, but it is good that there is a solution for those who have such desires.

The new iOS 13.5.1 update is made specifically to prevent the installation of this jailbreak in the future. Apple is not talking about new functionality or other benefits after installation. It only covers the vulnerability used to “break” the security system of the iOS operating system. If you have jailbreak on your phone and you are on iOS 13.5 you will have to stick to this version if you want to keep your phone “unlocked”.

A jailbreak solution for iOS 13.5.1 does not yet exist and will most likely take a long time until a compatible one appears. In general, those who develop such software discover several vulnerabilities and keep them to launch at the right time. Sometimes Apple finds them before they are used, but sometimes they remain “valid” for many versions.

Why Apple really wants to stop the jailbreak with iOS 13.5.1

But why is Apple preventing these software changes? The reasons are many, but simple and easy to understand. First of all, Apple is very proud of the data security on the iPhone. The iOS operating system must thus be well protected from any type of attack. Unc0ver exploits a security breach, and it can be used for other purposes. It could install unauthorized software that accesses your personal data, for example.

Then the financial part comes into play. Apple makes a lot of money from the App Store, and the jailbreak allows the installation of “pirated” applications from various online sources. If the jailbreak were easier to do, more users could probably install premium applications for free. This would affect both the developers and Apple’s profit. For each transaction in the App Store, Apple keeps 30% of the money.

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