Fake Jailbreak App Surfaces in the App Store

By , Nov 11, 2011

Ever since jailbreaking began with the original iPhone, Apple has opposed it. Even with all the community has done for iOS, the Cupertino company has continued to fight the process by frequently updating its mobile software with exploit patches.

Given this information, it would seem impossible for anyone to believe that Apple would actually allow a jailbreak utility into its App Store. But apparently it’s not. Several folks seem to have fallen for the hoax, and their pockets are lighter because of it…

Blogsdna points to the fake app, aptly named Jailbreak, which was admitted into the App Store on October 25th. And even though it doesn’t have anything to do with jailbreaking, it certainly looks like it does. Check out its description:

Jailbreak costs $9.99, and according to some of the upset commenters, is nothing more than a low-rate 2D scrolling game. Oddly, its App Store reviews are a combination of users saying the app worked as advertised, and others demanding their money back.

At first glance, you might be wondering how Apple could approve an app like this. But the developer never claims that it will install Cydia. In fact, other than the word Jailbreak, there isn’t anything remotely related to hacking in the game’s description. Clever.

Is the app misleading? Yes. But what is Apple going to do? Force the developer to give out refunds because the software doesn’t actually jailbreak anything? We doubt it. So just steer clear of the application and warn your friends to do the same.

Besides, it’s like we’ve told you before. You should never, ever pay money for a jailbreak. Especially when iDB practically does it for you for free.

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  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    You have to laugh and see the funny side of it.

    • Dan

      exactly what I was thinking, and why did apple approve it

      • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

        It’s a legit app. The developer has been very clever in marketing the app. The app probably does not contravene any off the app store rules and regulations.

      • Dan

        yeah and the people working at apple probably have a laugh at people thinking it is that easy lol

  • http://twitter.com/etechnonews eTechnoNews

    The question is “Why did apple approved this app?”, to trick us?

  • jo-macral

    Sounds like it could just be a simple side scrolling game, named oddly enough, Jailbreak.. Apple has no rights to refuse the game based on it’s name, especially since it is in fact, a game and nothing to do with Jailbreakers.

  • Michael McGriff

    Question is how Apple over looked that program.

  • Anonymous

    The battery in this screen shot is almost dead. They must be running IOS 5.0.

  • http://twitter.com/ic0dex ic0edx

    What’s wrong with this world. Please people do some research before making a purchase like that. I bet the people that purchased that app were iPhone 4S owners. Google is a wonderful tool, use it!

    • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

      It’s another sad case of social engineering. This is what happens when a device becomes popular and every other person you know owns one.

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Read the small print…for ages 12+ etc etc., and what section of the app store is it in…GAMES…

    • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle joshua miranda

      Lol they never read the fine print huh? This is quite funny and smart to trick people like this with apples help no less lol!

  • http://twitter.com/zhaquiri Philip

    “Is the app misleading? Yes. To jailbreakers. But what is Apple going to do? Force the developer to give out refunds because the software doesn’t actually jailbreak anything? We doubt it. So just steer clear of the application and warn your friends to do the same.”

    In my opinion, you can’t fault people for their ignorance. The app/game was obviously MADE to mislead, as proven by the single screenshot that says nada about the game, the usage of the word “jailbreak” when we all know what that’s supposed to be, and the description itself that says “Jailbreak for iPhones, iPod touch & iPads. Let’s do it right now!”

    The developer of this “game” had one goal in mind when he created this clever little app (yes, I acknowledge the fact that the developer IS clever) — and that’s to rip-off others. That’s not cool. As for the people who fell for it; yeah, they’re stupid, but you can’t blame them for their ignorance. The developer, on the other hand, WANTED people to fall for it from the get go; he even priced the app at $9.99 because he knew many people would — easy money.

    This app should be removed. It’s not about the fact that “Apple’s not going to force the developer to give out refunds just because the software doesn’t actually jailbreak anything,” it’s the fact that this app was created to rip-off others. If the app had in-game screenshots and a clearer description, your argument would make sense.

  • Kok Hean

    This kind of app comes with a variety. Some claim that totally theming the SpringBoard is possible, and others claim that they can give the Android Style unlock security. I’ve seen them in the top paid apps, with one star reviews stating how crappy the app is. Looks like a lot of people don’t know that they need a jailbreak to do those tweaks.

  • Kok Hean

    This kind of app comes with a variety. Some claim that totally theming the SpringBoard is possible, and others claim that they can give the Android Style unlock security. I’ve seen them in the top paid apps, with one star reviews stating how crappy the app is. Looks like a lot of people don’t know that they need a jailbreak to do those tweaks.

  • Anonymous

    I just checked it out and the game’s description has been totally re-written. Looks like Apple were’t too pleased after all.

    The funny thing? The cocksucker developer is still charging $10 for a shitty side-scrolling game!

    Let’s hope Apple tighten up their approval process (never thought I’d hear myself say that ;-) ) as far as misleading crappy apps go anyway!

  • Anonymous

    I just checked it out and the game’s description has been totally re-written. Looks like Apple were’t too pleased after all.

    The funny thing? The cocksucker developer is still charging $10 for a shitty side-scrolling game!

    Let’s hope Apple tighten up their approval process (never thought I’d hear myself say that ;-) ) as far as misleading crappy apps go anyway!

  • http://twitter.com/etechnonews eTechnoNews

    You should check the updated description of the app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arniebposadas Arnie Posadas

    The information about this app has changed and the developer actually added a screen shot of the game.