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iOS 11.2.1 Untethered Jailbreak Successful On iPhone X

An iOS 11.2.1 untethered jailbreak has been successfully achieved on the iPhone X, according to the team at Alibaba Pandora Labs.

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iOS 11.2.1 Untethered Jailbreak

It has been an exciting couple of weeks in the iPhone jailbreaking community. While each release of an iOS operating system seems to take longer and longer to crack as time goes on, researchers and hackers have made significant progress in the span of just a few days when it comes to compromising the iPhone X operating system and freeing up the rather restrictive environment for more flexible use by power users.

Song Yang, of Alibaba Pandora Labs, has claimed that this new iOS 11.2.1 untethered Jailbreak allows users to successfully install Cydia and allows for the device to reboot just as you’d expect from an untethered experience.

Surprisingly, Yang has stated that the company has no plans to make their research public:

“Although iOS 11.2 fixes some security issues, we confirmed the new iOS will still be jailbroken on the first day it was released. Although we escaped iOS 11.2 quickly, we were limited to security research purposes, our team won’t provide any jailbreak tool.”

Perhaps the main driving factor behind keeping this information secret is the fact that sometimes these jailbreaks can exploit security issues within the operating system. An iOS 11.2.1 untethered jailbreak bypasses the intentions of the development team, and doing so may expose flaws in the code that nefarious individuals can take advantage of. By keeping their jailbreak information private for the time being, it allows Apple time to patch vulnerabilities in their system that could lead to some major issues if left unaddressed.

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iOS Jailbreak Release

The statement from Alibaba Pandora Labs is a little cryptic, and does seem to suggest that a release could come once Apple has patched out vulnerabilities. If that doesn’t happen, however, at least knowing that it’s possible is a small consolation. It’s also frustrating at the same time, considering that the knowledge is out there and not being shared. Currently, our best bet for an iOS jailbreak is with the research by Ian Beer of Google Project Zero, who has recently released an exploit that gives users root access for devices running iOS 11.1.2 and below.

However, even if we were to come across a jailbreak for the newest operating system that is publically released, there’s some debate as to how useful a jailbreak with the way iOS currently functions. Demand for an iPhone jailbreak has definitely decreased, perhaps due to the addition of new features to the operating system that were previously lacking. Successive releases have also seen Apple beef up the security, making it take longer and longer to crack the operating system. The decrease in interest has caused repositories such as ModMyi to shut down, drastically reducing the number of apps available to download on an unlocked iPhone. At the end of the day, it’s still definitely worthwhile to develop an iOS 11.2.1 untethered jailbreak, but we made see reduced benefits when compared to previous releases

Despite the existence of an iOS 11.2.1 untethered jailbreak, it still probably isn’t a good idea to rush ahead and download the newest operating system if you’re looking for a reliable jailbreak. At this point, despite information that the jailbreak has been achieved, it’s still not useful practically. We’ll have to see whether Alibaba Pandora Labs actually ever releases the process behind the jailbreak, but it’s likely we’ll be waiting a good bit before we see a true jailbreak available to the average joe.

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