Jailbreak iOS 11, iPhone X: News, Rumors And Latest Update

Dec 28, 2017 UPDATE: It has finally been possible to jailbreak iOS 11, and the release of the first ever iOS 11 jailbreak is big news in the community right now.

LiberiOS has hit the public domain, promising all the jailbreaking goodness that we have come to expect from the hardware cracks.

The goal of managing to jailbreak iOS 11 has proved far from easy, even for the most experienced teams on the planet.

But LiberiOS will run on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and every other supported 64-bit device.

Running this solution requires a free developer account, which can be acquired via any existing Apple ID.

Whether or not this will be the last attempt to jailbreak iOS 11 remains to be seen.

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Dec 15, 2017 UPDATE: It is certainly proving extremely difficult to jailbreak iOS 11, but finally there is some light on the horizon. Security expert Ian Beer has already tipped off the jailbreaking community regarding a powerful tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.0 and 11.1.2 which could result in the Apple operating system finally being cracked.

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Public domain release

Beer announced on Twitter this week that the exploit has been released into the public domain, meaning that someone may jailbreak iOS 11 in the foreseeable future.

The researcher indicated that the tfp0 exploit should work on all devices running iOS 11.0 to 11.1.2. This should include the premium iPhone X, along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus releases that also appeared earlier this year.

Beer also tested the exploit on various Apple devices, including an iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPod Touch 6G, and believes that adding support for other devices “should be easy”.

While this certainly doesn’t add up to a jailbreak, it can be an important stepping stone in the process. There will certainly be a significant amount of work to do if someone is to successfully jailbreak iOS 11, but this possibility seems far more feasible than was the case previously.

iOS 11.1.2 focus

The jailbreaking community is currently focusing on the iOS 11.1.2 release, with Apple having recently signed off on iOS 11.2. So it is important for those hoping to benefit from any iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak to familiarize themselves with how to maintain this version of the operating system on their particular iDevice.

New features included in iOS 11.2 are Apple Pay Cash and 7.5W wireless charging, meaning about potential jailbreakers have a difficult decision to make. While no Apple user has benefited from this functionality of yet, these are certainly attractive aspects of the iOS 11.2 system, and obviously it won’t be available through any iOS 11.1.2-driven device.

Jailbreaks of the system remain attractive, but the new features will also attract their fair share of users.

Apple fans running a current jailbreak of iOS 9 and iOS 10 also have a decision to make, with there being absolutely no guarantee that anyone will successfully jailbreak iOS 11.

No new announcements

And there have been no announcements from any reputable jailbreak teams that that will be an imminent breakthrough with the most recent Apple operating system.

That doesn’t mean that no one is working on jailbreaking iOS 11; almost certainly the complete opposite is the case. But it does indicate that the overall likelihood of a jailbreak for the iOS 11 operating system is far from certain.

It is believed that any iOS 11 jailbreak that is released will be semi-untethered, in common with cracks of previous Apple operating system releases. As the technical challenges involved with jailbreaking become larger, it seems that untethered jailbreaks are very much a thing of the past.

Dec 5, 2017 UPDATE: Apple’s mega-popular iPhone X means that we’ve been waiting for a skilled individual to jailbreak iOS 11 for quite some time. And it seems based on the latest news that this will be more challenging than had been anticipated.

Apple discouragement

Jailbreaking has been a hugely popular aspect of the iPhone over the years, yet it seems that this once viral practice is now waning. Apple always discouraged hackers from cracking open the iOS operating system, but this never prevented the most industrious and ingenious techbods in the world from targeting the jewel in Apple’s crown.

In particular, the Cydia alternative app store was noted for delivering superb features and customization to the iPhone range. And we were very much looking to this source for a possible jailbreak of the system that drives the iPhone X. It seems increasingly that it will be very difficult for anyone to jailbreak iOS 11, as new updates of the operating system are released.

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And there was also alarming news for the jailbreak-following community just days ago, when it was announced that two of the major repositories that specialize in this innovation have closed down. Whether or not this is permanent remains to be seen, but it is known that the sources will not be working on any jailbreaking of iOS 11 in the foreseeable future.

Death spiral

ModMyi stated that there was little economic sense in maintaining its repository, while MaCiti has also closed down, citing a “death spiral” in the popularity of jailbreaking. Server costs are thought to be a major contributor to these decisions, and two of the biggest experts in the field clearly have no intention of performing any iOS 11 jailbreak.

The closing of these two repositories undoubtedly provoked a strong reaction on social media. Twitter in particular was awash with jailbreaking woe, with many assuming that this means that the iPhone X will never be successfully jailbroken. But the true aficionados of jailbreaking still believe that it will be possible to jailbreak iOS 11 at some point, with talk on Reddit that such customization will be achieved.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day. I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment,” wrote one user on the social networking platform.

iOS 11.2 release

iOS 11.2 is compatible with every version of the Apple smartphone dating back to the iPhone 5S, while the iPad Mini 2 and sixth generation iPod Touch are also compatible with the software. Owners of these older devices will perhaps be more willing recipients of a jailbreak than recent purchasers of the iPhone X, as the prospect of Apple bricking a $1,000 smartphone is not an attractive one.

Meanwhile, the more rebellious and freedom-loving iPhone users will be hoping that someone has the wherewithal to jailbreak iOS 11. But it seems that such cracks in the Apple OS will be smaller in number and less frequent from hereon in.

Nov 20, 2017 UPDATE: For those Apple users who are hoping that some industrious individual will jailbreak iOS 11, the bad news is that this operating system is proving extremely difficult to crack. Apple has armed this latest software release with some of the most stringent protection it has ever included in any of its products, meaning that any jailbreak it particularly challenging.

Previous success

When considering the possibility that someone will jailbreak iOS 11, it is at least worth noting that previous versions of the Apple operating system have been successfully jailbroken. Of course, at one time this was commonplace, with iOS versions having been cracked rather rapidly over the last few years.

But since Apple began to incentivize the cracking community to cooperate with them, rather than publicly releasing any jailbreak, there is no doubt that this nifty way of manipulating the operating system has dried up significantly. When one thinks of the hacking community, it is worth noting that many people get into this nefarious trade for financial gain, and these are precisely the sort of people who would be involved in jailbreaking in many cases.

With Apple having to some extent provided a financial incentive for those looking to jailbreak iOS 11 to instead work with them, it could be that the most recent Apple operating system will never be cracked whatsoever. Certainly money talks, and some of the more talented individuals who would usually have devoted themselves to this task may instead choose to keep any findings private.

Solution near?

Hopefully the ideal solution is located just round the corner, with a devoted cracker opening up the system for full customization. Although this will never find favor with the manufacturer of the iPhone, a jailbroken iOS 11 and iPhone X would undoubtedly be hugely popular with the ever enthusiastic Apple-following community.

Nov 9, 2017 UPDATE: We are still awaiting a skilled individual or team to jailbreak iOS 11, so what is the latest news on this aspect of the Apple mobile operating system? It is well known that Apple has improved security around iOS over the last couple of years, and also that it has attempted to disincentivize any attempts to crack its key item of software. But has anyone, and will anyone, manage to jailbreak iOS 11?

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Unfortunately, the answer to that question is that news on the subject is still conspicuous by its absence. This doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that nothing is being done to jailbreak iOS 11. Such attempts are usually kept absolutely under wraps until they have been completed, so there is no reason to believe that anything will seep into the public domain until a jailbreak is actually available.

China syndrome

Chinese teams are now central in the jailbreaking process, which also complicates the matter. The somewhat insular nature of the East Asian nation means that the Western world does not necessarily get to hear about all of the latest jailbreaking information from this region. And when it does become available, we are somewhat reliant on translations.

Nonetheless, the Pangu Team has already managed to jailbreak iOS 10.3.1, while KeenLab has demonstrated a jailbreak for iOS 10.3.2. It is thought that the latter is also working particularly hard on the premier iOS 11 system as well, but there is no news on a finalized crack having been completed.

Jailbreak iOS 11 on horizon

With iOS 11 now available on general release, it is thought that a public jailbreak could be on the horizon. It is noticeable that Apple patched a huge number of vulnerabilities in the most recent operating system, even in comparison to the 10.3 generation. But cracking this software will undoubtedly be a massive challenge, and may not be achieved in a timeframe of weeks.

There are some crumbs of comfort for jailbreak fanatics, though. Luca Todesco has managed to get root access on iOS 11 via a Safari exploit, which suggests that it will be possible to jailbreak iOS 11 will be possible at some point. This would undoubtedly be a popular achievement if and when it becomes available, as millions of people worldwide are expected to implement any iOS 11 jailbreak in order to open up their new smartphone.

Bricking risk

This is certainly always a risky undertaking, as jailbreaking is most definitely not officially approved by Apple. The consumer electronics giant does all that it possibly can to both prevent a jailbreak, and also dissuade iPhone users from implementing any jailbreak that is released. While the bricking of an iPhone device is unlikely even if an iOS 11 jailbreak is released, it also cannot be ruled out entirely.

Nonetheless, this is unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm for jailbreaking. And for the time being, those users sticking with the iOS 10.3.3 can at least download a viable jailbreak, and benefit from all of the customization options that this makes possible.

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Jailbreak iOS 11 previous coverage

Attempting to jailbreak iOS 11 is certainly proving to be a challenge, but there has at least been a couple of updates from the jailbreaking community on Apple products. With several different versions of the mobile operating system circulating, the cracking community has been working hard on opening up the mobile OS to jailbreaking.

And users that wanted to jailbreak their iOS 10.2.1 can now take advantage of the widely released Saigon jailbreak file. This attempt had previously been made available to developers for the iOS system, but is now ready to enter the public domain as well. Everyone who wishes to jailbreak the iOS system now has the potential to sideload the IPA file onto the device, and begin jailbreaking without requiring to be an iOS developer.

The Saigon jailbreak has been public knowledge for some time, but now it is actually available there is no doubt that there will be a significant amount of interest. And some of the features included in this nifty piece of cracking have also been made available.

Fixes and support have been built into this latest Saigon jailbreak, with the most recent version of the tool achieving the following:

  • The camera has now been properly fixed;
  • The Saigon tool has support for iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Air 2;
  • There have been some minor changes and bug fixes, resulting in more stability;
  • The new release is better at escaping sandbox than the previous version;
  • You can reinstall Cydia by holding the ‘jailbreak’ button and tapping it afterwards;
  • The model and version of the device is now displayed.

The top item on the list may be considered the most important, as the camera is unquestionably one of the most widely utilized features among those with jailbroken iPhones. Obviously no one wishes to lose access to a major feature when engaging in a jailbreak, so there will be considerable relief that developers have managed to deal with this issue.

Devices running iOS 10.2, iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3.3 will all have access to this new jailbreak, and there are bound to be a huge number of downloads in the coming weeks. While Apple has done everything within its power to this disincentivize such attempts, there will always be a few committed individuals keen to jailbreak every operating system release from the mega-corporation.

Cydia Eraser is required in order to successfully carry out the jailbreak, as this enables iPhone users to protect themselves from Apple discovering a jailbreak and bricking their device. Installation of this software can be a little complicated, so the developers have released a simple seven step process that walks people through it.

Step 1: Open the Cydia app. Go to Search tab.

Step 2: Put in Cydia Eraser to look for it, then tap on it.

Step 3: Install Cydia Eraser.

Step 4: Open Eraser on the Home screen.

Step 5: You will prompted with a warning to “destroy all data on your device, revert all changes to files on the device, remove the jailbreak, and return it to stock Apple iOS while preserving your iOS version”. Select “erase all data, unjailbreak device” right at the bottom of the interface.

Step 6: Choose ‘Erase All’.

Step 7: The device will reboot on its own.

While those attempting to jailbreak iOS 11 have yet to succeed, perhaps a success is imminent…

Oct 17, 2017 UPDATE:: An updated Saigon jailbreak for iOS 10.2.1 has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. The latest effort from developers will ensure that the jailbreak is considerably more accessible to non-developers, making it a more user-friendly product.

Previously, Saigon was only available to developers in possession of a Mac and Xcode for installation purposes.

Saigon can be considered a major collaboration, as it has emanated from the collective work of Luca Todesco, Ian Beers, Adam Donenfeld, xerub, siguza, Tim Michaud and Abraham Masri. This is a real community effort, and one that is now ready to land on Apple devices.

Oct 12, 2017 UPDATE: – Apple has released iOS 11.0.3 for download, read all about it here. Is it possible to jailbreak iOS 11.0.3? At present, it is certainly reasonable to answer in the negative to that question! Jailbreaking the latest iOS release has proved problematical, and there is not likely to be a jailbreak of this system available for some time. Indeed, Apple is doing everything possible to negate the jailbreaking community.

The more renegade Apple fans are currently wondering when anyone is going to jailbreak iOS 11. The new Apple operating system offers a rich bounty of possibility once it has been cracked open, but as of yet no such jailbreaking attempt has reached the public domain.

Jailbreak iOS 11

This current situation can be contrasted with the history of jailbreaking. Once upon a time, there was a rich community of developers involved in cracking the major mobile operating systems. However, the big smartphone manufacturers have worked tirelessly to firstly make this more difficult, and also incentivize the jailbreaking community to cooperate with them rather than cracking their software.

No going back to previous iOS versions

Alternatively, users looking to embrace jailbreaking would be advised to stick to older iOS versions, as it will be impossible to go back to these from now once upgrading has taken place. Certainly Apple isn’t particularly accommodating when it comes to jailbreaking, and certainly doesn’t seem to have a philosophical attitude to the practice.

This is reflected in the extent to which Apple has already patched the iOS 11 operating system, making any jailbreaking of the software particularly challenging. It does seem that the days of jailbreaking being a central aspect of Apple ownership are limited, possibly even a thing of the past.

Nonetheless, those hoping that they will benefit from a jailbroken Apple device in 2017 would be well recommended to stick to the iOS version 10.3.3. Nonetheless, there is still no jailbreak available for this version of the operating system as of yet, despite the fact that undoubtedly developers are working on such breakthroughs.

Another option is to avoid 11.0.1 completely whenever it arrives, as this will undoubtedly include software improvements that will make the system even harder to crack than it is already.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: iOS 10.2.1 Jailbreak Released

If you are a member of the small but dedicated iOS jailbreaking community then you should be excited to hear that there has been a big development as an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak has been released. Users who showed patience to remain on the older version of iOS will now be able to install apps from the Cydia app store and enjoy a variety of jailbroken tweaks and apps.

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The jailbreak tool is known as Saïgon and uses exploits that have been known for quite some time. This is one step forward for the jailbreaking community and shows that newer versions of iOS still have vulnerabilities that can be exploited to open up the system to jailbreakers. Of course, one of the main issues the community has been facing is the movement of hackers from the public space to the private world. Instead of releasing tools to the public for free, hackers are selling exploits to security companies or taking full-time positions within companies. This leaves fewer and fewer people behind who still work on jailbreaks for public release. This is why Saïgon is such a significant step forward for the jailbreaking community.

Before you go off to jailbreak your device there are a few details you should know. First, as mentioned, this jailbreak only works for users still on iOS 10.2.1. Also, the device must be a 64-bit device. If you have an older 32-bit iOS device then this jailbreak will not work for you. Finally, the biggest thing to note is that the Saïgon tool cannot be downloaded as an IPA file. This will be the biggest hurdle for most people. Essentially what this means is that users will have to compile the source code themselves and then run the code on their device. That pretty much limits this jailbreak to developers or people who have a level of knowledge that’s well above the average user.

The good news is that the tool is available and, surely, there are developers out there working on a solution to make this tool accessible for everyone whether they are a developer or not. This means that you should continue to show some patience if you have been sitting on iOS 10.2.1 to wait for a jailbreaking solution. It’s very likely that someone will be able to use this tool to create a solution for you to jailbreak your compatible device. Of course, all they need is time.

If you have already moved on to iOS 11 to take advantage of new features then this new iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak likely comes much too late for you. However, it does show that sometimes it can pay off to hold out before updating to the latest version of iOS. If you have any hopes of jailbreaking then it only makes sense to show some patience. Of course, that’s easier said than done when Apple is dangling new features in front of you.

What do you think about the latest iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak news? Have you been waiting for a jailbreak like this or have you given up on jailbreaking in order to enjoy the newest features in the latest update? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.