A few years ago, jailbreaking was at its peak with thousands of thousands of iOS users using the tool made available by online hackers. Since then, the practice has been declining as hackers have found it difficult to get past Apple’s security systems. Despite this, Houdini has offered a halfway compromise for iOS 10.3.2.
The new player in town
Houdini is a new iPhone app that is sideloadable thanks to the Cydia Impactor, as noted by ValueWalk. The app offers access to select jailbreak features and programs, but is only applicable to iPhones running 64-bit iOS 10.0 – 10.3.2.
Cydia Impactor is a program that allows Apple users to install additional files that would otherwise be unavailable. As such, it is an important step to take in the jaibreaking scene.
The addition of Houdini then gives individuals the opportunity to change up the theme of their device as well as install certain operating tweaks. At this point, this is all that is available – which is, arguably, better than nothing.
In order to install Houdini, which again works on any 64-bit iPhone device still running on iOS 10 – 10.3.2, the .ipa file and Cydia Impactor must be downloaded. After which, the Cydia Impactor and smartphone must be connection.
The Houdini.ipa file should then be moved into the Impactor window. At this point, individuals will be asked for their Apple ID.
Users must then go to Settings > General > Profiles and Device Management, click “Trust New Certificate” and then open Houdini. Touching start will open the opportunity to enjoy the new customizability of the half-way iOS 190.3.2 jailbreak.
Some may consider it a little disappointing that Houdini does so little in the grander scheme of the jailbreaking scene, but it is something. For months now, there has been very little moment in the world of jailbreaking and Houdini is a small step forward that had to be made.
A dying art
Some have claimed that as the jailbreaking scene continues to become smaller and smaller, that they might not be a need for it eventually. But while it is true that it remains to be seen whether or not the latest iOS updates can and will be jailbroken, there is no going around the fact that there will still be demand for it.
The idea of being able to free up a device, adding new features and removing select restrictions, is too sweet an opportunity to pass up – if the right offer was made.