Browsing Archive July, 2013

Apple cracking down on retail employee usage, sharing, and discussion of iOS 7 beta


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According to several Apple Retail employees, Apple management is cracking down on employee usage of the current iOS 7 betas. These people say that store managers and Apple’s Human Resources representatives are contacting employees that are discovered to be using the iOS 7 beta. Apple would like to make sure that these employees obtained the iOS 7 beta via official Developer channels, not third-party websites.However, the larger concern is that some Apple managers feel that Apple Retail employees are purchasing developer accounts and distributing the iOS 7 beta to colleagues. Apple Human Resources, we’re told, has reminded employees of the official iOS Development rules via the RetailMe internal app. These rules, which employees agree to when they become an Apple retail employee, state that employees cannot install an iOS beta unless they are a registered member of the developer program:

Am I allowed to load and use iOS beta software on my devices?  Not unless you are a member of the iOS Developer Program, or have been explicitly authorized by management to participate in the development or testing of internal Apple applications as part of an official Apple project.

This letter to employees goes onto say that Apple Retail employees are forbidden from sharing the beta:

You may not load iOS beta software onto any other person’s iOS device. Employees are not authorized to receive iOS beta software from any third parties, even if those third parties are iOS Developer Program members.

Perhaps most important to the Apple customer experience, Apple has told employees that they are absolutely forbidden from demonstrating iOS 7 beta on their personal iPhone to customers. Apple management says that such demonstrations could confuse customers with the current iPhone with iOS 6 offerings. However, employees say that management praises discussions of iOS 7 that note the software an update coming to the iPhone 5 this fall, not a currently-shipping version. Employees are encouraged to point customers to Apple’s official iOS 7 website.Apple Retail management and Human Resources, we’re told by a few employees, is being “super strict” about demonstrating iOS 7 to employees via an employee phone with iOS 7 beta. “We could get fired for showing a customer iOS 7 on our phones because of the Apple Developer NDA agreement,” one employee told us.

Unsurprisingly, Apple has also put in strict guidelines for Genius Bar employees to not service customer phones running iOS 7 beta. While Apple employees have not been officially given iOS 7 to test, employees have been told to install, experience, and become familiar with the upcoming release of OS X Mavericks. Both new Apple operating systems will launch this fall.
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OpenJailbreak Was Launched by p0sixninja to Jailbreak iOS 7

P0sixninja, well-known in the world as Joshua Hill, presented OpenJailbreak – new repository open-source jailbreak components.

Last my article was about jailbroken iOS 7 running on iPod Touch 5 made by Ryan Petrich, another well-know hacker. And now we have another news about iOS 7 jailbreak development.

P0sixninja announced new major release in late June. He said that it would be more important than just iOS 7 jailbreaking. Today, he officially introduced his product. Rumors that the programmer has found a vulnerability in the bootrom of Apple mobile devices, or developed a tool that allows you to install unofficial applications on iOS from Cydia, without jailbreak is not confirmed.

“Ok, I hate redsn0w, I hate sn0wbreeze, and I hate 6.1.3. I’m ready to get this #openjailbreak off the ground”, – P0sixninja tweeted.

P0sixninja has launched a repository for opensource jailbreak components, which he had accumulated over the years. According to the hacker, much of its development has been used in other projects, resulting in a “source material has become very fragmented.” Therefore it was decided to create a central repository for all of the code that allows other developers to release patches and expand the functionality of their products.

Another hacker Surenix is ​​working on a separate web site for the repository, and Hill will be engaged in its content. Earlier in his microblog P0sixninja wrote: “I have to approach some amazing things. Something more than a jailbreak. “


iOS 7 Jailbreak on iPod Touch 5 Screenshots

Renowned developer of tweaks and informal applications for iOS Ryan Petrich posted a screenshot in his Twitter, which was a response to all the exciting question: “Is there a jailbreak for iOS 7.” The provocative image confirms that there are tools available to hackers to break into the new firmware. Screenshot was taken on the iPod Touch 5.

On the screenshot you can see Home screen of iPod Touch running iOS 7 with an icon of classic jailbreak tweak Activator. Ryan Petrich is a developer of this tweak. A proof of iOS 7 jailbreak running can be “flat”  icons of Contacts, Safari and Maps. In the center of the screen you can see the message: “The new operating system. Activator has not been tested to work with this version of iOS. Some features may not work properly. ”

Thus, the screenshot was the first confirmation that the hackers managed to install unofficial software on iOS 7.

Ryan Petrich – one of the most prominent developers of tweaks for iOS. Accuse him of faking a screenshot would be absurd. Perhaps he was able to use the technique of “failbreak” to install software or hackers do find all the necessary vulnerability to create a jailbreak for iOS 7. Last year, pod2g reported that Apple closed the vulnerability that allows developers to use the account for root-access to iDevices.

In any case, this suggests that third-party developers are not sitting on their hands and prepare a response to the release of the new firmware. We will let you know as soon as new information. Follow the news!