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Apple iOS 10.2 The Last Breakable iOS – Here’s Why

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Apple has already proceeded to higher versions, having released the third beta of iOS 10.3.2 publicly last week. However, there’s still no word about its jailbreak counterpart, not even the long due stable iOS 10.2 jailbreak tool. While many publications are claiming a legit one is underway, there’s really nothing concrete that jailbreak hopefuls can count on at this point.

Notorious hacker Luca Todesco’s silence is killing the community’s optimism as well. We can recall Todesco, the brain behind Yalu jailbreaking tools declared he will no longer work on jailbreaks after giving a revamped iOS 10.2 version. He even made fun of those who thought another jailbreak will arrive soon on the notion that iOS 10.3 is nearly impossible to jailbreak.

Prior to his hiatus tweet, Todesco said he could finalize his Yalu102 jailbreak and add support to the iPhone 7 series or resolve the solution’s 7-day signing issue at least. It is in collaboration with Cydia creator Jay Freeman, better known as Saurik.

Unfortunately, both Todesco and Saurik haven’t given an update so far, and the radio silence in effect apparently suggests that the jailbreak status quo will remain stagnant for quite some time.

Are we still getting those iOS 10.2 & 10.3 jailbreaking tools?

Now, as a stable iOS 10.2 jailbreak seems to be unlikely, the idea of cracking Apple’s operating system moving forward indeed appears to be very difficult, if not impossible. But are the latest versions of Apple iOS really impossible to be jailbroken?

The answer lies on the new Apple File System (APFS) which replaced the existing HFS+ file system on the iOS. Does it support root access? If not, then jailbreak hopefuls can forget about getting another cracking tool. If yes, then the jailbreak community survives. But again, there’s no future for Yalu jailbreak when it comes to later versions.

What about other Jailbreak teams?

There’s no need to worry, though, as reliable jailbreak teams Taig, Pangu, and PP will still be working to jailbreak iOS devices. Unfortunately, there’s still no progress about their tools. They’ve been tight-lipped like Todesco, but rumors have it they could already be sitting quietly on exploits they can use, waiting for the right time and not wanting to announce their intentions until they are ready.  

The teams have a history of making surprise releases so there’s a chance it will be the case for the iOS 10.2/10.3 jailbreak.

What are our other options for now?

Todesco has long advised jailbreak seekers to stay on iOS 10.2.1 mainly because it is the latest iOS version running on HFS+ where root access is available. That said, there’s a higher chance that someone or some group might come up with a jailbreak tool for this version in the near future. Hopefuls can only keep their fingers crossed.

What’s certain now is that APFS will remain the centerpiece not only of the official iOS 10.3.2 release but also of the future versions, including the iOS 11 which Apple is set to release in the coming months.

iOS 10.2 Jailbreak

Apple iOS 11

Apple, according to BGR, may no longer support 32-bit apps in the new iOS 11. This means developers have to upgrade their apps to 64-bit if they want them to work on iOS devices when the new update is up.

The demise of 32-bit app support has long been an inevitability. The tech giant has already warned developers this past January, with the first beta release of iOS 10 that 32-bit apps may not work with iOS in its future version. Other than that, iOS 11 will likely include a completely enhanced version of Siri, a long overdue Dark Mode, advanced augmented reality features, advanced facial recognition, and support for multi-user FaceTime calls.

Also Read: iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Tweaks, Tool For iPhone 7, Older iPhones

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