Apple quietly removes jailbreaking detection API from 8.4 – http://www.jailbreak814.org/
We know Apple doesn’t want anyone jailbreaking its iOS. Why then, would the company remove its jailbreak detection API less than six months after introducing it?
Network World has reported that the API, released in June as part of a mobile device management (MDM) bundle for iOS 8.4, has been disabled in iOS 8.4. The API had allowed third-party MDM applications to check for jailbroken devices.
Companies may want to restrict users on their corporation email system to non-jailbroken devices. Joe Owen, vice president of engineering at Sybase, which offers Afaria MDM software, said:
It’s true, of course, that using a specific API to query the OS to determine could be compromised by a jailbreak, replacing that very API. Without the API, MDM manufacturers have to use alternative methods to determine if a device is jailbroken, but just as with malware writers, they could end up in a constant back-and-forth game with jailbreakers.
Apple states jailbreaking will void your iDevices warranty, but the federal government recently legalized the process through a DMCA exemption. Jailbreaking allows iPhones to be unlocked, and also allows applications that would ordinarily be unavailable to end users to be installed on iOS, as well.