Ever since Apple transitioned to iOS 10, there has been a steady decline of iOS jailbreaks in the wild. It seems like with every patch released by Apple, jailbreakers are finding it hard to circumvent the company’s efforts of making the operating system more secure. Now, people are starting to fear the the iOS 10.2 might be the last version of the mobile OS that can be jailbroken.
When Luca Todesco announced his successful jailbreaking efforts on iOS 10 mere days of it being released, the hacking community rejoiced, at least for a moment. While there is no doubt that Todesco is a talented hacker indeed, he still did not manage to go beyond iOS 10.2. To make matters worse, the current jailbreak image of iOS 10.2 is only usable for non-iPhone 7 devices. Meaning, even though the jailbreak is available and working, it will only work on iOS devices other than the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
Luca Tedesco to stop releasing iOS jailbreaks
According to Redmond Pie, Todesco will no longer participate in the public release of any iOS jailbreak moving forward. He made it clear that the current iOS image he released will be the last. On the flip side, there are still other teams who specialize in jailbreaking Apple’s iOS. However, they may also find it quite difficult to jailbreak the most recent iOS version due to one main reason; a new Apple filing system.
Apple uses new iOS filing system
Beginning with the introduction of iOS 10.3, Apple will be transitioning to a new filing system. This means that the new iOS will have a completely different structure as the previous versions of the mobile operating system. Furthermore, there will be more emphasis on 64-bit support as developers are now being forced to update their apps to natively run on a 64-bit system.
It will be even more challenging for hackers to break through Apple security protocols as the filing system is relatively new. They will need a few months, at least, to come up with something usable for public consumption. Apart from that, older applications will not be able to run on the new iOS version due to the same filing system update.
Jailbreaks from other sources
This maybe a terrible news for most, if not all, of the jailbreaking community. Fortunately, as mentioned, there still are teams of hackers who are busy at work trying to come up with a solution. In fact, rumor has it that Pangu will be releasing the jailbreak for iOS 10.3.1 as soon as Apple makes iOS 10.3.2 public.
The team has already demoed their version of iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak at a recent security conference. It is only a matter of time before they make the image of the said jailbreak to make its way all over the internet.
Since it has only been a few days since Apple released the said iOS version, perhaps Pangu will soon release the jailbreak later this month.
What to do while you wait
As mentioned, Apple just seeded the public version of iOS 10.3.2. For those who are hoping for a jailbreak soon, it is best to stay in the lower version of the OS to make the process a lot easier. And since iOS 10.2 is still being signed by Apple, it is best to stay in that particular version for now.
Before long, hacking teams like TaiG and Pangu will be releasing their iOS 10.3.1 patch to the jailbreaking community. Until then, all that can be done right now is to wait and see how it pans out.
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