iOS 10 beta testing is forging ahead with the release of beta 2 just recently, taking us one more step towards public release in September. However, the most asked question at the moment is, “When will we see another jailbreak?”. It’s been a few months since the last one was released, back for iOS 9.1. The current iOS version is iOS 9.3.2 with iOS 9.3.3 currently in beta and expected to be released at any time. So what news is there of an upcoming jailbreak ?
Image : iOS 9.3.2 Jailbreak
The iOS 9.3.2 Jailbreak
A couple of weeks ago, Pangu co-hosted MOSEC [ Mobile Security Conference ] which took place in Shanghai. Amongst other things, the team intimated that an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak [ext link] may be on the cards very soon, according to a number of public tweets from the conference. However, they didn’t give a date for release and, at this stage, we must be patient. We don’t now for definite that they will release one although, in years gone by, we have seen jailbreak released half way through a beta testing cycle for a new firmware so we won’t discount the news just yet – just treat it as a rumor for now until we can confirm or deny it.
What About iOS 10 ?
There is no way that a jailbreak for iOS 10 can be released before the new firmware is pushed out to the public and that won’t take place until September, following the conclusion of the beta testing phase. However, at the same MOSEC conference, Pangu did demonstrate an iOS 10 Jailbreak [ext link] for iOS 10 beta 1, showing Cydia iOS 10 [ext link] running successfully on an iPhone. Unfortunately, the exploits used in that jailbreak have now been patched with iOS 10 beta 2 but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be anymore.
Image : Pangu Showing iOS 10 running Cydia in MOSEC
One thing that Pangu did confirm was that iOS 10 is not going to be the easiest of iOS firmware’s to jailbreak, thanks to the inclusion of SIP. System Integrity Protection is perhaps better known as “Rootless” and is the long rumored security system that is designed to stop anyone from being able to get into certain files and folders in the iOS system regardless of whether you have admin privileges or not. Whether this is a deliberate move to stop jailbreaking or just an increase in security with the added side effect of making jailbreaking difficult is something we will likely never now but it can’t be denied that it will make things difficult from here on in.
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