Apple’s all set to release iOS 10, the next major software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch tomorrow, September 13. While iOS 10 includes a number of features inspired by jailbreak tweaks like FaceOff, StickerMe etc., there are still a number of reasons you would want to jailbreak iOS 10.
So here’s an update on the iOS 10 jailbreak. But before we give you an update on the iOS 10 jailbreak, a quick update on the current situation.
Current Jailbreak Status
As you know, there is currently no tool available to jailbreak iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 9.3.4 and iOS 9.3.5. Apple patched several vulnerabilities in iOS 9.3.4 which killed the Pangu jailbreak tool that can be used to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 – iOS 9.2.
What’s New in iOS 10
Not surprisingly, Apple continues to make it harder to jailbreak iOS to stay ahead of the cat and mouse game with jailbreakers. Luca Todesco aka qwertyoruiop, the talented Italian hacker, who some say has been trolling us by demoing jailbreaks, has acknowledged that Apple has “gone hard on security in iOS 10″. He has revealed that all the techniques he relied on to jailbreak iOS 9.3.2 or lower has been broken and he has to start from scratch.
However, Apple has not encrypted iOS 10 kernel because they wanted to optimize the operating system’s performance without sacrificing security. But it should make it easier for hackers to discover exploits in iOS 10, which could help in jailbreaking iOS 10.
iOS 10 Jailbreak Status
The good news is that iOS 10 has already been jailbroken. Pangu team members showed off a working jailbreak for iOS 10 with a screen-cast of Cydia running on the device at the Mobile Security Conference happening in Shangai in July. The team members did not reveal more information about the jailbreak, but as per the pictures, it is evident that they have done some significant work to get Cydia up and running on the next version of iOS.
Few days back, Todesco had also released a teaser video to show that he had successfully jailbroken iOS 10. As you can see in the video below, Luca can be seen using a 9.7-inch iPad Pro with iOS 10 and Cydia installed. On his first attempt at launching Cydia, it crashes and goes back to the Home screen, indicating that the jailbreak may be semi-untethered similar to Pangu’s iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. After using his sideloaded jailbreak app called yaluX to jailbreak iPad Pro, he is seen launching Cydia without any issues to prove that the jailbreak works. The iPad Pro was running on iOS 10 beta 8.
The fact that it can be jailbroken gives us some hope that a jailbreak for iOS 10 could be released a lot sooner than the jailbreak for iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 was released. Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9 was released in almost a month after iOS 9 was released. It remains to be seen if Apple will fix the vulnerability in the final version of iOS 10.
Update (September 21):
iPhone 7 has been jailbroken, so the public release of iOS 10 can also be jailbroken.
Update (September 21):
There has been no news on the iOS 10.1 jailbreak front.
Update (December 6):
Well-known hacker and researcher, Luca Todesco, has warned users who are interested in jailbreaking iPhones or iPads to avoid upgrading to iOS 10.2 in a series of tweets. Apple seems to have patched several vulnerabilities that could be used to jailbreak iOS 10, which will make jailbreaking iOS 10.2 even more difficult.
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