Hypocritical jailbreak for iPad and iPhone on iOS 5

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If you want to manipulate Apple device software without any barriers your answer is to jailbreak your iOS-based device, however a recent article posted on TorrentFreak suggests that one hacker is considering adding DRM to his future jailbreak solutions. Critics of the idea are saying that if he does this he is being extremely hypocritical.

The hacker behind this controversial idea goes under the pseudonym ‘i0n1c’, he says that he is considering creating an iOS 5.0 jailbreak which features DRM protection to block people from installing a popular app called Installous. For those of you who don’t know Installous is an app which runs on jailbroken devices to allow you to install cracked apps which are usually purchasable at the App Store, as for DRM this stands for Digital rights management and this is basically a way of controlling what software is installed on a device (you can read more about DRM here).

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This move suggests that there is a divide between current iOS hackers and related app developers, we are a little slow on this news (we blame E3 2011) as the corresponding tweets were tweeted on June 11, you can see the tweets for yourself here and here, since they were published the guys behind Installous, Hackulous, have understandably vented their anger.

You can see all of the quotes over at TorrentFreak, the quote which summed up their thoughts reads “If a jailbreak author decides to add [his own] DRM to it, they are being extremely hypocritical”, many agree with their opinion.

If i0n1c goes ahead with his DRM protected jailbreak for iOS 5.0 we would imagine that hackers will then target the jailbreak and in affect create a jailbreak for a jailbreak, we don’t like this idea and think that if people want to install Installous on their jailbroken device it is up to them, that, in our opinion, is what jailbreaking is all about.

Developers whose apps are currently on sale at Apple App Store will love this idea as Installous probably costs them thousands in loss of sales, which in-turn results in Apple losing out on their cut, what do you think about i0n1c’s idea? Is it a good or bad idea? Let us know in the comments section below.

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