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Saurik Says Working On iOS 11 Jailbreak With Cydia Support

Jailbreaking iOS devices has become increasingly difficult in the last few years. The jailbreak community is jubilant that Jonathan Levin has released the LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak that allows you to liberate your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPads, and other devices running iOS 11. However, LiberiOS has many drawbacks right now – the biggest of them being the lack of Cydia support.

iOS 11 Jailbreak
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Saurik working with reliable developers on iOS 11 jailbreak

Jay Freeman aka Saurik, the guy behind Cydia who is often referred to as the ‘Godfather of jailbreaking,’ said in a Reddit post that he is working on an iOS 11 jailbreak with full Cydia Installer and Substrate support. Saurik and Cydia have received a lot of criticism in recent days over the lack of Cydia support on iOS 11. Many have also complained that Cydia wasn’t open-source in the true sense.

Saurik hit back at the critics, saying there was a lot of “trolling” going on. He revealed on Reddit that he had taken a paying job because Cydia was losing tons of money. It means he is no longer working full-time on Cydia. Fortunately, he is working with several developers from past jailbreak releases to “make stuff work” on the iOS 11 jailbreak. He didn’t mention the names of individuals he is working with, though.

Jay Freeman added that he would make sure all the aspects are working fine before releasing the iOS 11 jailbreak tool. The developer wants the upcoming jailbreak to “work every single time in every single situation.” That’s a pretty big claim considering Apple has been quick to fix loopholes in the iOS. Saurik said he had built some cool stuff such as MSHookRemote to make it work smoothly.

Saurik told the jailbreak community that Cydia Substrate would also have some “super powers” such as the ability to “easily inject extensions into binaries marked as setuid or setgid.” The developer doesn’t seem happy with the idea of an iOS 11 jailbreak based on an “off-the-shelf exploit.” He was referring to the LiberiOS jailbreak that is based on the iOS 11.1.2 tfp0 exploit discovered by Google’s Ian Beer.

Why you shouldn’t jailbreak your iOS 11 device using LiberiOS right now

Developer Jonathan Levin released the LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak tool only a few days ago. It works with all the 64-bit iOS devices including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. You can install the update only if you are running versions iOS 11.0 through iOS 11.1.2. It wouldn’t work if you have upgraded to the iOS 11.2 or still stuck on the iOS 10 or older.

If you want to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad using LiberiOS, here’s how you can do it. Should you really liberate your device using LiberiOS? Maybe, but not right now. You should wait for some time because it would be almost meaningless to jailbreak your device at this point. Let me explain. Apple has stopped signing versions iOS 11.0 through iOS 11.1.2, which means you can now only upgrade to the iOS 11.2 if anything goes wrong. It would end your chances of jailbreaking your device.

Another reason is that LiberiOS is a tethered jailbreak, which means users will have to perform the jailbreak process every time they reboot their iPhones or iPads. The most important reason why you should wait is that Cydia isn’t supported yet. Cydia is a package manager that allows you to find and install the software packages on your jailbroken devices. What’s the meaning of jailbreaking your iPhone if there isn’t an app store for packages yet?

Saurik has confirmed that he is working on Cydia support for iOS 11, but he hasn’t given a timeline for its release. LiberiOS allows users to bypass Apple’s software restrictions. Jailbreaking has been losing its popularity in recent years as Apple has added many features to iOS that were previously available only to the jailbreak community. For instance, the iOS 11 has borrowed nearly a dozen features from jailbreak tweaks.