LATEST 10-17-2017: 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.

UPDATE 10-12-2017 – 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.

Jailbreak iOS 11 via Luca Todesco

However, the news that the Italian developer Luca Todesco has made a major breakthrough in managing to jailbreak iOS 11 was great news for many fans of Apple smartphones. This news at least meant that a potential jailbreak could be on the horizon at some point. But the fact that Todesco indicated that he has effectively left the jailbreaking community means that the likelihood of his work emerging publicly is negligible.

Apple has also made any attempts to jailbreak iOS 11 more complicated by recently signing off on iOS 10.3.3. What this means is that users will no longer be able to downgrade to this version of the operating system, making any cracking of this software particularly fraught with difficulty. Anyone switching to a jailbroken smart phone then runs the risk of it being bricked and locked out in the future.

In fact, Apple is now moving to cease the signing of the original iOS 11 version, thanks to some firmware bugs that have been solved by upcoming updates. Apple is already preparing to release iOS 11.1, meaning that the iOS 11.0.1 and 11.0.2 versions will also be sidelined in the foreseeable future.

While there are legitimate reasons other than jailbreaking for Apple to make this decision, it also makes sense from this perspective as well. Apple would love to sideline any attempts to jailbreak iOS 11 completely, and thus ceasing the signing off of these versions of its mobile operating system makes sense from a corporate perspective.

This essentially means that any attempt to jailbreak iOS 11 is problematical at present, particularly as Apple will stop supporting this version of the operating system imminently. So if the jailbreaking community is to make a major breakthrough with the iOS operating system in 2017, it will surely have to focus on the forthcoming iOS 11.1 release.

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.

While much of the Apple-following community would love to see some individual jailbreak iOS 11, the reality is that the iPhone manufacturer has at least listened to public opinion on this subject. Apple has packed a raft of new features into the iOS operating system, meaning that it is far more customizable, flexible, and capable of directly responding to Android than was the case previously.

Nonetheless, this is unlikely to dissuade those Apple users who love the customizing potential that jailbreaking delivers. And the developer community will always be interested in the challenge of jailbreaking an iOS system, with even the latest and most challenging software no exception to this rule.

Jailbreak iOS 11 demo by KeenLabs

The fact that KeenLabs had already demoed an iOS 11 jailbreak back in June, during which time the mobile operating system was still in a beta state, is obviously a positive for the jailbreaking community. It does suggest that even for this particularly complex operating system that major cracks are possible.

Perhaps the biggest problem for the public, though, is the announcement of the Apple Bug Bounty Program. This initiative encourages jailbreakers to release information directly to the manufacturer, rather than making such jailbreak attempts public. Although there will always be a few renegade individuals who slip through the net, the opportunity to monetize work will obviously be extremely tempting.

iOS 11 is a major companion to the recently unveiled iPhone X, with this revolutionary smartphone considered the most advanced mobile that Apple has ever released. The prospect of a jailbroken version of the iPhone X is certainly tantalizing, but the huge price tag associated with the device is also undoubtedly worrying for those intending to carry out such risky activities.

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.

iOS 10.2.1 Jailbreak
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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.