I really like the thinner and lighter iPhone 5 with the 4-inch display, but there have been many occasions when I’ve missed not being able to jailbreak it.
When jailbreak developers release new tweaks such as Auxo – an awesome replacement to the app switcher, which would have been perfect on iPhone 5′s taller 4-inch display, I miss jailbreaking even more.
Unfortunately, even though it has been more than three months since Apple launched iOS 6, there doesn’t seem to be any visibility on when the jailbreak for iOS 6 for the newer devices will be released.
Famous iOS hacker – Cyril aka pod2g who was the key member of the jailbreak dream team that released jailbreak tools such as Absinthe to jailbreak iOS 5.x.x and recently spoke about the iOS 6 jailbreak has called for Apple to open up iOS for tweaks and themes.
Hopes: the fact that there’s no jailbreak for the iPhone 5 may push Apple to open a little more their OS for tweaks and mods.
— pod2g (@pod2g) January 3, 2013
I have already some geek friends of mine leaving iOS for Android. Reason: closeness of the system.
— pod2g (@pod2g) January 3, 2013
pod2g believes that the way Apple has released an iOS SDK that allows developers to develop apps and release them in the App Store, Apple should extend the SDK to allow developers to develop and submit tweaks and themes, which can be approved by Apple.
pod2g’s tweets generated so much interest that his #WeWantAnOpeniOS hashtag was one of the top trending topic on Twitter yesterday. FlawlessFox – the guy behind WorldWide Jailbreak Convention (WWJC) has also started a Twitter petition, which you should sign if you want Apple to open the iOS for tweaks and themes. The petition has already collected almost 5000 signatures at the time of writing this post.
Some folks are making the assumption that pod2g is calling for Apple to open up iOS as he has not been able to jailbreak iOS 6. That’s not true. pod2g has not been able to work on a jailbreak as he has been working on a new app, which he has recently submitted to the App Store (can’t wait to find out what it is all about).
pod2g is also not asking Apple to allow unsigned code as it could also result in piracy of apps, which has ended up giving jailbreaking a bad name. He wants Apple to allow tweaks and mods with the appropriate limitations and with the same kind of policing as it does for the apps on the App Store. He also points out that there are no technical limitations that should prevent Apple from making it possible.
While that may not fit the true definition of an open iOS, Apple could take the help of developers to take iOS to the next level just the way apps have helped them. It would not only make it less attractive for iOS users to jailbreak their device, it will also make it a lot easier for a much larger section of the user base to customize their iOS device.
We doubt Apple will ever open iOS to the extent that makes jailbreaking pointless, but allowing tweaks and mods would be more than enough for most of us. Apple desperately needs to re-imagine the iOS and taking the help of tweak and mod developers does seem like a good idea.
What do you think? Drop us a line in the comments and don’t forget to sign the petition by following this link.