Jailbreak hopefuls were initially promised of a stable iOS 10.3.1 tool as soon as the next version of 10.3.2 is rolled out. However, it’s already been nearly a month since its release and there are still no signs of the jailbreak coming. There have been rumors that it could see the light of day on the heels of iOS 11’s announcement. The thing, though, is Apple has just announced the newest iOS and the jailbreak community is still quiet as a mouse.
At the WWDC 2017, the tech giant finally pulled the curtain on iOS 11. While we’ve yet to see how fortified the new operating system is, it’s very obvious that it’ll be harder to jailbreak than the predecessor which is already difficult to crack. Apple has fortified the iOS 10 in such a way that jailbreakers cannot find a loophole in the operating system. The new kind of file system called APFS that is available on the system is the one that does not allow hackers to create a jailbreak tool easily.
Notorious Italian hacker Luca Todesco was able to create and release an iOS 10 jailbreak tool but it only works up to iOS 10.2 and is only applicable on 64-bit iPhones that are launched before iPhone 7. It does work on the current flagship but it only carries support for versions 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1. An iOS 10.3 JB tool can be potentially released by Todesco, but the hacker isn’t going to because he is already withdrawing himself from jailbreaking.
Will the iOS 10.3 Jailbreak release ever happen?
News of his “retirement” had many people thinking an iOS 10.3 jailbreak release will never happen. However, a search on the web for iOS 10 jailbreak leads users to many sites claiming that there’s one in the works at JB team Pangu and it’s reportedly arriving this August.
As previously noted, Security researcher Adam Donenfeld wrote on Twitter that a privilege escalation exploit has already been written, and an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak exploit will be released during “conferences season.” He cited two names in his tweet —#zimperium, a software company focused on developing several mobile threat detection software where he’s currently working; and #hitgbsec, a security conference that will be held Singapore on August 21 to 25.
— Adam Donenfeld (@doadam) May 18, 2017
As usual, we’ll have to wait until August to verify his claims. In the meantime, the jailbreak community suggests not upgrading to the iOS 10.3.3 beta if you’re interested in the potential jailbreak. Apple released the second iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch last week. As for the iOS 11, the final version won’t be available until September.