Jailbreaking a work iPad

Creasy Bear

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#1
Maybe some of the resident nerds can help me wif dis.

My e-vile corporate overlords gave me a brandyass new iPad, but it's worthless to me, because they have it locked down so I can't download the filthy, degenerate porn apps I require to increase my workplace productivity.

Is there a way I can do computer voodoo on this and rejigger the bauds so that I can download apps?

Or is this thing loaded with e-vile corporate spyware traps that are just waiting to spring and clamp down on my turgid dingus?
 

JoeyDVDZ

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Short answer: Probably not.

Longer answer: If your e-corp is anything like mine, they're group managed by some sort of compliance software that would render the device unusable if you tamper with it.

For instance: I can't root my android phone, because my job requires me to have an app called AirWatch on it. It's to send & receive corporate email & calendar stuff. If I ever root my phone, it will report back to our servers and boot me out of AirWatch, and generate an email to my evil overlords that I was a naughty boy.

Hope this helps, but it probably won't.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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On company owned hardware it's even worse: You got the device configured by your IT gnomes, who very likely have it registered as company owned, and with pre-specified software installed. You probably can't even access the iTunes store on it; the software, in our case, is pushed via SMS by our servers based on it's group memebership.

Sucks ass, but there it is.
 

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Okay, so this $500 iPad has now become a dust collector. Good to know.
 

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Here's something though... my division just got bought out by another company, and the transition is going to be a massive clusterfuck. I'll bet all of the computer and phone shit is going to get lost, or be written off in the shuffle.

I'll wait a few months,and if I don't hear anything said about the iPads, and I'll bet you nobody at the new e-vile corporate HQ will know, or will even give a turkey, and then I'll be resetting my shit.
 

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Before you give up, try connecting to your phone hotspot (or some other non-work internet spot). I found out that my IT had us locked down on the network but not on the device. If the pad lets you connect to other internet sources, you may still be in luck.
 
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Leave the work provided one to be your good boy pad and get yourself a naughty boy pad.
 

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My old company let us have company-issued iPhones, or use our own phones and they would let us expense the bill each month.

Some guys who couldn't afford to pay their own cell phone bill and wait to get reimbursed went for the company-phones, which ended up being fully loaded with all kinds of corporate spyware. You could load whatever you wanted on it, but management could see it, monitor all of your use, etc.
 

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Are you still restricted if you connect to a different WIFI network? Try it at home or some public WIFI like Starbucks or McD's.
 

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It's not the money, it's the principle!

Silence, casino rat!
Fuck you, I lost three I pads tonight and I’m in no mood to deal with cheep fucks or coughing chinamen
 

JoeyDVDZ

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You may be able to force a recovery mode update in iTunes with that pad. That'll blow the iPad out and reinstall iOS 12-something, overwriting whatever's on the thing.

Only problem might be that when it comes back up and reaches out to the mothership in cupertino, it may realize it's company owned and tell you to fuck yourself.
 

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You may be able to force a recovery mode update in iTunes with that pad. That'll blow the iPad out and reinstall iOS 12-something, overwriting whatever's on the thing.

Only problem might be that when it comes back up and reaches out to the mothership in cupertino, it may realize it's company owned and tell you to fuck yourself.
He'd only get the "fuck yourself" if the device is enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). That's what we used at my old job so they were useless to anyone that stole one. The problem is if he does that, and it's NOT in DEP, the IT nerds at his job will see his iPad stop reporting in and he will probably start getting polite (at first) emails telling him to fix his shit.
 

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He'd only get the "fuck yourself" if the device is enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). That's what we used at my old job so they were useless to anyone that stole one. The problem is if he does that, and it's NOT in DEP, the IT nerds at his job will see his iPad stop reporting in and he will probably start getting polite (at first) emails telling him to fix his shit.
Not necessarily true. If the company set it up with a corporate cloud account and activated it, unless you know the credentials you can't repurpose it.
Early on in my company's adoption of iPads, we did some basic shit and handed them out. The losers on the receiving end went and used their private iCloud accounts to activate them, and in the course of events either left the company or were asked to remove themselves.

As we prepared to reuse their iPads, we discovered that we couldn't wipe and reimage them due to the locked activation.

You'd be surprised how many of these people told us to fuck off when we could recall who had which iPad, and asked them to help us unlock them.
 

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He'd only get the "fuck yourself" if the device is enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). That's what we used at my old job so they were useless to anyone that stole one. The problem is if he does that, and it's NOT in DEP, the IT nerds at his job will see his iPad stop reporting in and he will probably start getting polite (at first) emails telling him to fix his shit.
Like I mentioned above, my division just got bought out by another company, and they want to do the transition fast. It's going to be a clusterfuck, and I'm nearly positive that all the IT shit is going to get lost in the shuffle. Whatever IT gnomes were watching our shit at the old company, It's a near certainty they're going to stop giving a fuck once we're cut loose.

The IT gnome is by nature a sluggish and apathetic creature. Tell 'em, Mojo.

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