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FORMER SONY PLAYSTATION 3 HACKER George Hotz, who uses the nym Geohot, has agreed to an Ipad 2 jailbreak challenge, according to a fellow hacker.
Iphone hacker Joshua Hill said on his Twitter account that he has challenged Hotz to "dump the Ipad 2 BootROM" before he can. Hill said Hotz accepted the challenge, and that the famous PS3 hacker "didn't have an iPad yet but he's getting one soon".
You would think Hotz had enough of taking on mighty corporations after his dealings with Sony, which filed a lawsuit against him threatening to unleash fire and brimstone after he successfully hacked the Playstation 3. This legal dustup led to Anonymous attacks against Sony, with the litigation finally ending in a settlement last month.
But before the PS3 business Hotz had been well known for jailbreaking Iphones and he appears ready to try again with the latest version of IOS, although it's surprising that somebody else hasn't managed to do it already, considering that Apple's shiny Ipad 2 has been out for some time.
But Hotz did say that there are some difficulties in jailbreaking the Ipad 2. He said in a blog post last month, "This is going to take quite a bit of reverse-engineering in order to get it to work. Apple is making it more and more difficult to jailbreak their devices."
It's unlikely that Hotz will attract the attention of Apple's lawyers, however, as although the cappuccino company doesn't like it, jailbreaking IOS isn't actually illegal, and indeed has become an accepted way of using Iphones and Ipads and playing around with programs without having to deal with the restrictions of Apple's App Store.
Hotz added, "Getting the iPad 2 jailbroken would mean that we are one step closer to jailbreak all the rest of the Apple iDevices coming this year including iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G or any new form of Apple TV they may introduce." µ
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