Jailbreak Expert Gets Browser Running On Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is considered useful for a number of reasons, but of its general functions, the majority are designed to supplement the iPhone experience. It’s not that the wearable cannot think for itself, but more that its purpose is to perform those little tasks with minimal effort, and without having you continually extract the device from your pocket. It isn’t, for example, meant to be used to browse the web, but one jailbreak hacker has decided to push the boundaries, and has demonstrated Safari running on the tiny-screened gadget.
Comex, who you may remember as the guy who brought the wonderful JailbreakMe 3.0 for iOS 4.3.x many moons ago, has been busily messing around with the Watch OS, and found a way to run Safari and reach the Google.com landing page. As you will see, the experience itself is fairly horrible, since you can’t really do anything with a browser on such a minuscule display, but the really significant story here is the fact that Comex has circumvented Apple’s restrictions, which could prove key for future jailbreak-like hacks and mods for the Apple Watch.
As the clip demonstrates, there’s not really much to get excited about as far as the browser experience, or rather the non-experience, is concerned. You cannot and should not be able to browse using a device so small and ill-equipped, but having been curious about the notion of an Apple Watch jailbreak since before it was released last month, we’re definitely encouraged by this most recent update.
Custom apps and experiences would, for many, greatly enhance the Apple Watch’s potential, just like Cydia and its numerous tweaks do for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For now, Comex is keeping fairly tight-lipped regarding how he managed to pull this one off, so we’ll have to wait and see what comes of this if anything, but as we continue to wait and hope for an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.3 and up, we’ll also be keeping an eye on what’s happening in the world of the Watch OS.
Apple has already indicated that native, third-party Apple Watch apps will be arriving later on in the year, which will give the device an unprecedented sense of independence, but if Comex and others manage to take things further, the possibilities would seem endless.
The fact that JailbreakMe 3.0 has jailbroken more than two million devices since its arrival attests to the fact that consumers want to manipulate their devices in ways that Apple might not agree with, and the Apple Watch is no exception.
Anyway, here’s the video of the browser in action on the Apple Watch. Check it out, and if you have anything to add to this story, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.