Apple is reportedly working on an iOS release, which would prohibit users from using jailbreaking software in order to hack their device.
According to Forbes, Apple submitted the beta of iOS 6.1.3 to developers last week, whilst suggesting that the firm would make the release public in the coming months.
Whilst the update will provide a number of new features, including the extended support for voice-recognition software Siri in Japan, the anti-jailbreak feature would be one of the more note-worthy incisions – particularly for device hackers.
Speaking to the news site, David Wang, creator of popular jailbreaking software evasi0n highlighted that through testing the update, he found that Apple had in fact fixed at least on vulnerability.
"If one of the vulnerabilities doesn’t work, evasi0n doesn’t work. We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we’ve used when 6.1.3 comes out," Wang told Forbes.
Jailbreaking has long been a thorn in Apple’s side, which effectively grants users to full control over their device, with access to content such as custom themes and apps, which have not been authorised for distribution in the firm’s App store.
Evasi0n, which launched last month, quickly became one of the most popular examples of jailbreak software given its compatibility with Apple’s newer devices, particularly the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
Apple has previously dealt with jailbreak software swiftly, taking just nine days to implement a fix for the Jailbreakme 3.0 software, which gained popularity following the release of the iPhone 4.