We heard last week that Pangu may already have an iOS 10 jailbreak ready to go even though the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system won’t be out until the fall. The team reportedly showed Cynda running on iOS 10 last week at the Mobile Security Conference in Shanghai. However, there isn’t yet a jailbreak for the current version of iOS, 9.3.2.
In fact, jailbreaks are getting few and far between because Apple has made it exceedingly difficult for Pangu and others to unlock its mobile OS. As a result, it makes more sense for them to concentrate their efforts on the major iOS updates while leaving the smaller incremental ones alone.
Where’s the iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak?
When Pangu showed off Cynda running on iOS 10 last week, naturally there were questions about an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak. According to those who attended their presentation at the Mobile Security Conference, the team members seemed to indicate that they would release an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak soon. Of course that spurred the rumor mill into action, and we started hearing that there would be one in the coming days, with some reporting as early as Friday, although Pangu doesn’t appear to have released one yet.
There’s still a chance that the iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak will be out this week, but truly, jailbreak fans should shift their focus to the iOS 10 jailbreak, even though they’re chopping at the bit because there weren’t any jailbreaks for iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3., or 9.3.1.
iOS 10 jailbreak much more important
So why has it been so long since the last iOS jailbreak? There was a time when a jailbreak for the latest version of iOS was released within days of the new version of the operating system, but the fact is that Apple has made it extremely difficult for hackers to liberate its devices. As a result, it takes a lot more time and effort to jailbreak them, so it makes sense for jailbreak teams to focus their efforts heavily only on major releases.
iOS 9.3.2 really won’t have that many changes with it, so it isn’t really worth the time and effort of jailbreak teams to put together a tool to free Apple devices from it. The version will just have basic patches and tweaks to improve stability and performance, so it isn’t heavy with new features like iOS 10 will be. This might be why the folks at Pangu decided to showcase their iOS 10 jailbreak rather than talk about an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak. Although it sounds like they may have one to release soon, iOS 10 is bringing a lot of new features with it, so having an iOS 10 jailbreak is much more important than having one for iOS 9.3.2.
Stay on the lowest iOS version possible
If you’re set on keeping your iOS device untethered, Redmond Pie suggests keeping it on the oldest firmware possible because of how long it now takes jailbreak teams to release untethered versions. Of course the good news is that Pangu appears to have gotten a head start on an iOS 10 jailbreak by working with the developer version of it, demonstrating that they understand that iOS 10 is a much bigger prize to hack than a small incremental upgrade like iOS 9.3.2.
In addition to greatly tightening the security Apple is also ending digital signing for old versions much more quickly than it has in the past. It no longer is signing iOS 9.3, which means that the oldest version you can downgrade to is 9.3.1, at least for now.