Apple may have launched its new phone just a week ago, but one teenage hacker is already claiming to have pulled off the first iPhone 7 jailbreak.
The 19-year-old developer, Luca Todesco, claims to have found a way around the phone’s security and restrictions to jailbreak what is, according to Apple, “the best, most advanced iPhone ever” in less than 24 hours. The hack would allow you to run “unauthorized” software and to make other tweaks to your operating system.
“They definitely made my life harder,” Todesco, who goes under the name “qwertyoruiop” online and is already a well-respected iPhone jailbreaker, told Motherboard. “The iPhone 7 is a step in the right direction. Obviously it’s not 100 percent secure—like nothing else is.”
He appears to be the first person to jailbreak the phone, and later posted a video to prove it (see above). Todesco has said he doesn’t plan to release his secrets to the public until Apple patches it, but in the meantime, he will work to make the process simpler and cleaner.
Todesco also said he could submit the vulnerabilities he found to Apple’s new bug bounty program, which rewards hackers with cash for finding technical loopholes, but he hasn’t decided whether to do that just yet. He might be wise to cash in given that Apple is already beta testing iOS 10.1, which would also certainly kill Todesco’s iPhone 7 jailbreak.
“Kudos for the iPhone 7. They have again changed the rules of the game,” he said. “I don’t think it will ever be enough. They can raise the effort required, but there will always be someone willing to invest enough time to do it.”
In other iPhone 7 news, some devices are making hissing noises.