Last Monday, hackers released the much-awaited jailbreak for Apple’s iOS 6. In another news, a bug that causes most Mountain Lion applications to crash was discovered. The said bug can occur by typing in just 8 characters.
Untethered Software Jailbreak for iOS 6, Now Available
For the first time, iPhone 5 and iPad Mini users can jailbreak their device. Hackers released EvasiOn, a new jailbreak for Apple’s iOS 6 mobile operating system. The software hack can be implemented via OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Because EvasiOn iOS 6.x is untethered, users no longer need to reconnect their device to a computer to restart it. It is also compatible with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models that features iOS 6.0 through iOS 6.1.
However, users are advised to backup their devices through iTunes or iCloud before doing the jailbreak. It is also recommended to disable any passcode locks on an iOS device, as it can cause issues.
Jailbreaking is done on an iOS device so that users can add features and software unauthorized by Apple. Although it is legal, jailbreaking a device can void its warranty. Apple also advises against it, as unauthorized modification could cause system instability, compromised security, shortened battery life, and other potential issue.
Minor Bug Discovered on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Aside from the EvasiOn iOS 6.x jailbreak, there were also reports about an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion bug. Last week, a URL detection flaw in the Apple operating system was discovered.
It gained attention for the ease with which users can cause almost any Mac application to crash. This can occur by entering file:/// with an uppercase “F” in a standard text input space. Doing so will cause a number of OS X applications like TextEdit to automatically crash. It is said that the issue arises from the OS’ ability to detect an input URL.
“Data detectors” was invented by Apple’s Advanced Technology Group in mid-1990s. It first appeared in the Mac operating system, and enabled the OS to recognize formatted data, like a phone number, within an unstructured document. In turn, it enabled users to take action upon the recognized data.
Although the bug is interesting because of its ease to cause an application to crash, specific issues is unlikely to have much effect on users.