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The developers of the jailbreak tool Checkra1n cracked Apple’s loudspeaker Homepod for the first time. This could replace Siri in the future with Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.
The first Homepod jailbreak does not yet apply to the smaller version of the Siri speaker, the Homepod Mini, introduced just a few weeks ago. But the first version of the smart speaker from Cupertino has now been cracked, as 9to5Mac writes. The exploit is available with the new version of the Checkra1n jailbreak tool. Also new in Checkra1n 0.12.1 Beta is support for iBridge SSH from the same host and an alarm that shows that Checkra1n’s security mode is active.
Homepod jailbreak premiere
Jailbreaks for iPhones and iPads are known, a jailbreak for a homepod that works with a tvOS-based operating system has not yet existed. With a quasi-unlocked Apple device, the software restrictions imposed by the manufacturer are to be removed. This allows the system to be modified. But then, for example, applications can also be installed that are not listed in the official app store.
What Homepod users can do now with an unlocked Homepod is still unclear. According to 9to5Mac, it would be possible that Apple’s voice assistant Siri will be replaced by the competition – such as Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant. This could improve the performance of the Homepod, since the smart competitors are considered better than Siri. Opening the Bluetooth connection or the available music services on the Homepod is also conceivable.
Hello Homepod, meet checkra1n.
— L1ngL1ng (@_L1ngL1ng_) November 19, 2020
Race between Apple and jailbreakers
However, it is also possible that Apple will be able to quickly close the security gap necessary for the jailbreak. Then the community’s efforts to develop meaningful applications would have been in vain. The “honor” for drilling out the Homepod apparently goes to a developer who appears on Twitter under the pseudonym _L1ngL1ng_.
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