Apple has secretly removed an API from iOS 4.2 that allowed it to detect unlocked iPhones, in a move that might suggest the Cupertino giant is ready to throw in the towel in its battle to fight jailbreaking.
Jailbreaking, which involves unlocking the iPhone to install apps that aren’t deemed kosher by Apple and change the default carrier of the handset, was made legal in a ruling by US lawmakers not long ago.
Although the smartphone maker hasn’t explained its reasons for pulling the plug on the API just six months after its introduction, it’s likely due to the fact that jailbreakers have already found a way to overcome the measure.
There were also concerns that the API was vulnerable to unauthorised modifications that could potentially put enterprise users at risk.
Another theory is that app developers are starting employ their own jailbreak detection techniques, which in the long run could be far more effective in fighting piracy than a one-size-fits-all solution. As far as the act of jailbreaking is concerned, Apple has no legal ground to block it without drawing criticism, or worse, a lawsuit.
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