If you somehow missed the warnings not to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10.2 and then found yourself sitting and watching as Luca Todesco’s iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak landed last week, don’t be overly concerned. A new jailbreak for the latest version of the firmware could appear very soon.
What? Another jailbreak?
Before Ian Beer discovered the exploit which led to Todesco releasing the first real solution for iOS 10, the wait had been long. We agree it wasn’t as long as those who had waited for the previous PanGu solution, but with promises regularly appearing on social media, it had become a little frustrating.
So when the jailbreak finally arrived, to rapturous applause, most were happy. However, it turned out not to be the complete package. Being of the semi-untethered variety, it requires a re-jailbreak each time the iOS device restarts. Additionally, it turned out to be a beta, meaning that it’s for developers. This also meant that it was likely to cause problems for the average user in the form of bugs.
Full solution coming soon
While Todesco has promised updates for his solution which will make it more stable, some missed it completely or decided to stay on the iOS 9.3.3 solution provided by PanGu in the summer. But there could be some good news on the horizon in the form of a 10.2 jailbreak that could either plug the gaps in Todesco’s work or completely replace it. Within the last few days, Twitter user Stefan Esser (a.k.a. @icon1c), who is known for his jailbreaking knowledge, tweeted that a working solution for iOS 10.2 is on the way.
He also stated that this tool could be ready to save those who have already jailbroken and also those who have not. The name of the team working on the tool and those of its members have yet to be revealed, so watch this space…
Don’t get excited yet
It’s worth mentioning that we’ve been here multiple times before. Someone pops up on Twitter promising the earth, and nothing happens, so take this news with a grain of salt.
However, if it does turn out to be true and a jailbreak tool becomes publicly available, it would be the first time in years that back-to-back versions of iOS had been jailbroken in the same year. It’s more likely that Esser is out to troll Todesco, indirectly pointing out the problems with his jailbreak. But we would consider that to be unfair to Todesco, considering what he has delivered and that he will more than likely provide updates for his solution.
We would prefer the situation to be that two solutions become public. While this would negate the Italian’s work, maybe it was his and Ian Beer’s work that laid the groundwork.