Just a few hours ago, we explained how it was now possible to jailbreak an iPhone with a rooted Android device. But we have another case of developers who commit technological heresy today: the enterprising team of the Sandcastle project succeeded in getting Android to work on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Why? Because they can. And adding a little more intrigue to this story is the fact that the Sandcastle project is being developed by members of the cybersecurity startup Corellium, which is currently being pursued by Apple.
You can watch the harbor in action in this Forbes video:
To be honest, this is not the first time that someone has transferred Android to the iPhone – the co-founders of Project Sancastle managed to get it to work with the original iPhone about 10 years ago. It should also be noted that the port is currently pretty broken, with a ton of features that don’t work. They call it a beta, but it sounds a bit of an exaggeration. Here’s a chart showing you all the things that don’t work:
No GPU, no audio, no cell, no Bluetooth, no camera. But still, it works – and this is just the beginning.
While we don’t have an iPhone 7 on hand to try it out for ourselves, it works via the same Chekra1n jailbreak we wrote earlier. This means that starting today, you can jailbreak your iPhone with an Android device and then boot Android from it. It sounds … sort of wrong.
The Sandcastle project says it wouldn’t have been able to carry Android that quickly without the help of Corellium’s iPhone virtualization platform. Which brings us back to Apple chasing Corellium; its software allows you to virtualize iPhones on a PC in order to run tests and find security vulnerabilities without bricking a real device.
Apple is not too happy about it. In a lawsuit filed in August of last year, the company said it was not trying to hinder security research, but rather that Corellium had copied its intellectual property “to the smallest detail”.
Apple lawyers have not fired any punches: “Corellium’s business is entirely based on the marketing of illegal operating system replication and copyrighted applications running on iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices from Apple. ” The accusation continues: “although Corellium presents itself as a research tool for those who try to discover security and other flaws in Apple software, the real objective of Corellium is to take advantage of its gross violation. Far from helping to correct the vulnerabilities, Corellium encourages its users to sell any information found on the open market to the highest bidder. “
To make things more interesting, Apple had considered buying a Corellium predecessor called Virtual., According to Forbes. This relationship has clearly deteriorated.
However, aside from the technological drama, the Sandcastle project is a fascinating project that many developers will surely keep an eye on. After all, there are many ways to run Windows on a Mac; so why not Android on iPhone?
To learn more about the history and technical details of the project, you can consult the writings of the Sandcastle project here or download the versions here. You can also view the source code on GitHub.
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Posted on March 5, 2020 – 01:43 UTC