iPhone 5 Jailbroken Already?

Well that didn’t take long did it?!?

A Californian man – Grant Paul – claims that he has already jailbroken the new iPhone 5 on it’s first day of release.

Paul, a self-described software hacker and open source enthusiast said,

“I started working on it the day before the iPhone 5 was released, and I had my iPhone 4S jailbroken on iOS 6 in a few hours,” Paul, also known as chpwn, told me in an e-mail. “Then, once I got an iPhone 5, it was even easier; It took just about half an hour from first tuning it on to a jailbroken iPhone 5.”
Grant Paul, All Things Digital

If you don’t already know and understand what “jailbreaking” means it is, essentially, about getting around some or all of the software restrictions that may happen to be on a phone. In this way, the jailbreaker can gain access to the raw operating system. This then allows them to perform tasks that may otherwise be considered “restricted”, such as installing applications that can’t be found in the Apple Store or perform various “customisations” to the device in question.

Judging by the pictures on Grant Paul’s Twitter account, it would seem that he has installed an open source application known as Cydia onto his new iPhone 5 –


Of course this doesn’t mean that your average Apple fan in the street will be able to do the same today but expect to see more jailbroken iPhone 5’s in the very near future. In the meantime I will ponder why so many people buy a phone with a particular OS on it only to then remove it. Is it merely the challenge of doing so or something else?

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