While the wait for an iOS 9 jailbreak was long, it’s possible it won’t be as long for a functioning iOS 10 solution. There’s been some chatter about an exploit which may soon help deliver a working jailbreak, and while there is little substance to this chatter, it has raised hopes that someday soon, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus could be liberated.
iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak exploit
Nothing said here indicates that a concrete, definitive jailbreak is on the way. Instead, we’re just suggesting that this news is encouraging and could ultimately mean one will arrive soon.
Google’s Project Zero recently highlighted an exploit within iOS 10.1.1. This exploit is both a kernel and root exploit, which unfortunately means it’s not something that the average end user could take advantage of. Instead, it’s being considered to be a developer jailbreak that requires work before going public.
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Discovered by Ian Beer and then announced, it is seen as an important first step along the road to public root access. More importantly, well-known hacker/security analyst Luca Todesco has commented on the possibility of a jailbreak, mentioning that he will look into this exploit and “if possible” develop a full iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak.
Tested on sixth-generation devices
This exploit has so far tested by Ian Beer on two iOS devices: the iPad Touch and iPad mini. In fact, Beer has posted an explanation of how to use the exploit on Chromium.org; you should go and take a look if interested. But the question is whether it will be possible to test this on other non-sixth-generation devices running on iOS 10.1.1.
Unfortunately, unless you’re a skilled developer, you can’t use this exploit now, so if you’re waiting for a jailbreak, be patient. You will (fingers crossed) be able to have tweaks and Cydia running on your iPhone, iPad, or iPad Touch soon, but you will have to wait until a developer packages it into something that everyone can use.
Stick with iOS 10.1.1
If you’ve already upgraded to iOS 10.2 and want to take advantage of a future tool, downgrade to 10.1.1. You should probably do this immediately because Apple is renowned for stopping the signing of its firmware quickly. Once it has done so, you will no longer be able to downgrade and as such, will not be able to take advantage of a jailbreak, if one comes.
A few days have now passed since the Project Zero exploit was first revealed, and other than Todesco claiming that he will create and share a jailbreak, no one else has. It seems like that we will get a jailbreak because it looks as though Todesco has promised his followers one, which they take as gospel. However, his detractors will point towards his failure to share jailbreak information in the past.
All we can say on the matter is watch this space and remain on iOS 10.1.1 and be patient. That way if Todesco does release a solution, you will be ready to use it.