By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 04, 2013 01:29 PM EST
As we get ready for the impending iOS 6 Jailbreak, it's time to take a look back at how far we have come since the first ever jailbreak took a whopping 74 steps to complete.
The first jailbreak was for iPhone OS 1.1.1. iOS was originally called iPhone OS up until Apple renamed it to iOS 4 in 2010.
Owning an iPhone in 2007 was nothing like owning an iPhone today. There was no such thing as the App Store. The iPhone only came with standard applications that Apple created for the smartphone, third party apps did not exist. The applications and features that came with your iPhone were pretty much going to stay that way until Apple issued software updates, adding new features. At the time, the only way for a new feature or application to be available for the iPhone and iPod touch had to come from an official software update from Apple. So, instead of waiting for Apple to add features to the iPhone OS, a community was born and they had one goal in mind - jailbreak Apple's mobile OS so that users could install features and applications that added improvements to the OS not approved by Apple.
The first jailbreak took a staggering 74 steps to complete. Jailbreaks in the past few years have gotten increasingly simpler, allowing the average person the ability to jailbreak their iOS device. If using things like the Command Prompt, Terminal, and phrases the like "SSH'ing to it with Putty" sound like more trouble than they are worth, that is only a taste of what jailbreaking a device at the time consisted of. It was a daunting task to take on, especially if you, like me, didn't fully understand everything jailbreaking entailed and had to follow the 74 steps to jailbreak the iPhone.
Luckily many of the same cast of characters in the jailbreaking world are the same people responsible for releasing the latest jailbreak and constantly developing and releasing simple ways for the average user to jailbreak their iOS device with only a few taps of a button. They've made it much easier compared to the first jailbreak that took an agonizing 74 steps to complete. However, it was the only opportunity you had to make your iOS device a little more personal, a little more unique, and in many ways a much better device than Apple had originally intended with their software. So, here's to jailbreaking!