Judging from the radio silence of the jailbreak community and the lack of progress from hacking teams, it looks like Apple may be finally winning the battle against jailbreakers. The tech giant has been reinforcing their mobile operating system, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to jailbreak. While there were hearsays previously of Pangu releasing an iOS 10.3 jailbreak at the Mobile Security Conference this week, new reports have surfaced debunking this claim.
Pangu’s iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak tool was supposed to come a week after Apple released iOS 10.3.2 but it is still elusive even until now. Yes, the Chinese team is all about MOSEC 2017 on Weibo and Twitter, but it hasn’t really mentioned anything about jailbreaks. According to 1RedDrop, that’s because there might be no jailbreak release happening at all.
The publication believes Pangu has already settled on the decision of not releasing the tool. As Apple’s iOS 11 has already entered the beta phase, “there’s little reason to believe that Pangu would hold out for so long and then release the JB tool dubbed Janus after the event at which it was showcased.”
Jailbreak hopefuls could still get one in August, but it won’t be coming from the Chinese team. As we reported previously, Security researcher Adam Donenfeld is providing the source code instructions and other security researchers can use in developing a JB tool. The exploit has a security patch as of iOS 10.3.2, but it is unclear whether or not it will work on all iOS 10.2 – iOS 10.3.1 devices. So far, there’s also no word yet as to who will pick up the source code.
— Adam Donenfeld (@doadam) May 18, 2017
Many might see Pangu’s refusal to release a tool a selfish move. But let’s not forget that they are a proper security company now and they are not obliged to work on jailbreaks. As 1RedDrop notes, “the team never promised an iOS 10.3 jailbreak, they merely showcased their skills in this area.”
Then again, we’ll never know what their plans are. We’ll have to wait for MOSEC 2017 and see. This year’s Mobile Security Conference will be held on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at the Grand Kempinski hoteHotel Shanghai, China.