By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 06, 2013 07:15 AM EST
The evasi0n jailbreak has finally arrived after months of work by the evad3rs team. The new jailbreak works on the latest iOS 6.1 refresh released by Apple, and although just a day old, it has already been massively downloaded by all the jailbreak fans across the planet. However, there could still be some bad news in the offering.
Per reports, well known computer security researcher Charlie Miller, who is currently with consulting firm Accuvant, has predicted that the new evasion jailbreak could be the last public jailbreak to be released.
Miller, only recently on Twitter, congratulated the evad3rs team for the successful work on and release of the evasi0n IOS 6.1 jailbreak, while also predicting that it could be the last public jailbreak ever. Interestingly, one of the most popular and well known team members MuscleNerd also retweeted the tweet from Miller, although he didn't comment on that retweet.
"Congrats to the #evasi0n team! My new prediction is this is the last public jailbreak ever released," Miller tweeted.
Miller, however, to justify his newly made prediction, also went on to list down as many as five reasons as to why evasion will be the publicly released jailbreak, and why users may not see any more new jailbreaks in the future for both upcoming Apple smartphones as well as operating systems.
This also serves for the highly speculated iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, or an iPad 5 running iOS 7 that are expected to make an appearance sometime in the future.
The five reasons that Miller put forward are as follows:
"1) not as much demand, can do most stuff on stock devices": Some users will find this reason a bit surprising owing to the fact that jailbreaks are still very much in demand, as far as almost three million unique visitors to the evasi0n jailbreak Web site is concerned. However, what Miller is trying to say here is that Apple, with each new release, introduces more new stuff to the refresh that can actually lead to users not needing a jailbreak anymore.
Moreover, it seems like stock iPhone and iPads have the ability to do much more than they could actually do with the first jailbreaks.
"2) new exploit mitigations make it harder 3) fewer bugs left 4) people leaving jail breaking scene": Miller went on to state that brand new exploit mitigations alongside the fewer number of bugs left to correct can actually take the jailbreak scene out of fashion.
"5) can sell it to make $250k if you don't release it": Miller concludes that there is a huge potential in selling a private jailbreak, and the exploit can actually go on to make up to $250,000, and that is a pretty huge figure for anyone. Moreover, this is also in tune with a previous Forbes story which states that retailing such private exploits can turn out to be a handsome business proposition, and the developer can make claim a lucrative sum of money starting from at least $100,000.
Nonetheless, it is still uncertain as to where Miller managed to get that figure.
It is to be noted that these are just predictions made my Miller, and could turn out to be wrong.
"This isn't to say that no one will be able to jailbreak iOS 7, rather there will be less motivation to do so when a private jailbreak is potentially more profitable," Gotta Be Mobile writes.
For anyone who is not familiar with the evad3rs team, it is a team of hackers made up of musclenerd, pod2g, pimskeks, and planetbeing.