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A day like today comes the first jailbreak of the iPhone | Digital Trends Spanish

When Apple launched the original iPhone, no one knew we were facing a before and after when it came to mobile phone technology. It is impossible to ignore, 14 years later, the meaning of a phone design that did not exist until then. However, that initial iPhone also had its detractors, who from the first minute were limited by certain Apple design decisions.

On July 10, 2007, the first method of making jailbreak on the first generation iPhone.

Much has happened since then, but before continuing, it is valid to explain the concept. Jailbreak (escape from jail, in Spanish) refers to bypassing the original security of the operating system in order to add and install applications and content that would otherwise be impossible.In 2007, there was no application store as we know it now and the customization of the phone was very restricted to what Apple allowed.

The first jailbreak for the iPhone, as reported at the time by Engadget, allowed actions as simple as adding new ringtones or wallpapers for the phone. In the same way, those who broke the security of the iPhone just 11 days after it was released for sale did not release a tool for the general public; they simply let the world know that he had succeeded.

Some hackers At the time they had good reasons to open the phone’s operating system, especially because of the potential they saw for the device compared to how limited its software was. For many, the iPhone was no longer a small tablet that brought basic phone functions and even those functions had limitations: in the United States, the first iPhone could only be used with the AT&T company.

The latter was what led George Hotz, a then young man hacker known as geohotz, to try to violate the security of the phone but not through software, but directly on the hardware. Hotz used a guitar pick and a screwdriver to open the telephone – a process that was undocumented in that year – and disable the small circuit that blocked the rest of the telephone companies at home. Finally, the iPhone could already be used with a SIM from any company.

Apple's first iPhone.

The various methods of jailbreak 2007, created by various groups of hackers in parallel, they opened the door for what would come in the following months. One of the most important advances was Cydia, the alternative store of applications for iPhone that, once installed on the jailbreak, delivered a world of possibilities for 2007 users.

Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia, explained ever that the catalyst to create a jailbreak it was simply taking advantage of the phone’s capabilities. The original iPhone was more advanced equipment than those of the time, but at the same time it did not allow to customize practically anything and it did not even include games as basic as those that were in the equally basic phones that went on sale in 2007.

The efforts of various groups of hackers they ended up completely breaking the security of the first versions of iOS, beyond Apple’s corporate efforts to keep that at bay through updates that were breached in a matter of days. But in the end, this was inevitable; internally, at Apple perhaps they knew that hackers they were going to achieve their mission and that the race was lost.

On the other hand, the passage of time made jailbreaks were less and less relevant. The creation of a store like the App Store in later years paved the way for many options and functionalities of the iPhone to be exploited officially. In 2021, do jailbreak to a newer iPhone it is not really necessary; in 2007, however, those jailbreak Rudimentary were about the only way to get the most out of Apple’s early phones.

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