Apple released iOS 6.1.3 yesterday. It killed my iPhone 4S.
Just about a week ago, my iPhone’s screen started acting up – the lowest row stopped responding to touch, and the one above it would send touch events to the row above it, so if I try to tap the number, keyboard or return keys, the ones above them would get tapped instead. This also meant that apps such as Twitter or Instagram–apps which the last row to switch between different screens of the app–were unusable. I couldn’t bring up the keyboard in texting apps.
I could partially work around the problem by turning my phone sideways, but not all apps allow this. Some screens, such as the Notification Centre, don’t switch orientation once open, so I’d have to close and reopen them. The worst case was with apps which only work in portrait mode, rotating the phone did nothing and I was stuck. Bummer.
I worked around this, too. Because I was running iOS 6.1.0, I had used evasi0n to jailbreak the iPhone. I had all sorts of cool tweaks installed, but this time I added another one I wouldn’t normally have used – UpsideDown. This is a free tweak that allows you to rotate the iPhone–you guessed it–180 degrees and the screen re-orients itself. This worked like a charm with most apps, so I can actually use WhatsApp now! ˙ʇı ʇɐ pooƃ ʎɹǝʌ ƃuıʇʇǝƃ ɯ,ı puɐ ʞǝǝʍ ʇsɐd ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ ǝuoɥdı ʎɯ ƃuısn uǝǝq ǝʌ,ı ʍoɥ sı sıɥʇ ˙˙˙os
But iOS 6.1.3 killed the evasi0n jailbreak. It killed the UpsideDown tweak and it killed my iPhone with it. Jailbreaking saved my iPhone and Apple killed it.
But… I’m not such a big chutiya. I didn’t actually upgrade to 6.1.3. I even have my SHSH blobs saved for 6.1.2, so I’m safe. The above incident is just a future chronicle what would have happened to me if I hadn’t been careful and this serves as a good story to tell when discussing the benefits of jailbreaking.