Although Apple jumped multiple patches in a row to roll out a comprehensive fix in 11.2.5, they’ve since had to release an emergency update with some critical security patches that have brought the current version to 11.2.6. Unfortunately, new updates can cause trouble for jailbroken devices, so here’s everything you need to know about an iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak.
The critical security bug that was fixed with the iOS 11.2.6 update was to patch an issue that caused iPhones and iPads worldwide to crash when a specific character from the Indian Telugu language was sent to devices in a message. The bug wasn’t unique to iMessage or texting, affecting any app that made use of Apple’s native text control.
A new patch to address this critical security issue is well and good, but what does that mean for the iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak? As you may know, the most recently supported jailbreak for iOS devices is the Electra program for iOS 11.0-11.1.2, so we don’t currently have a comprehensive iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak, and when any changes are made to the operating system there is the potential to set back progress on current efforts to jailbreak iOS 11.2. With iOS 11.3 on the horizon, an iOS 11.2 jailbreak can’t come soon enough if jailbroken users want to remain on a somewhat current operating system.
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While we don’t currently have an iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak, there are a few critical exploits that have been discovered that may serve to crack the operating system wide open upon further exploration by enterprising hackers. With CoolStar dealing with a decent amount of drama regarding his most recent update to include Cydia in his Electra jailbreak, it’s not clear as to whether he’ll continue development to bring us an iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak in the form of Electra. However, considering how wide and collaborative the jailbreaking community can be, it’s possible that we’ll see an iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak sooner rather than later.
CoolStar may not be developing an iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak, but he has confirmed in the past that Electra’s exploitation may be easily ported over to iOS 11.2.5. Provided this new security update doesn’t change things considerably, there’s certainly a possibility that a developer could take CoolStar’s work and apply it to a new jailbreak moving forward. At the time of this article, however, our most recent and comprehensive jailbreak remains the iOS 11.1.x jailbreak in the form of Electra with Cydia support.
Long story short, if you’d like to continue jailbreaking your device, you should remain on an update between 11.0 and 11.1.2. Unfortunately, updating your phone or tablet may lock you out of jailbreaking until the release of an iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak, considering how it’s next to impossible to downgrade your phone to a previous update if you accidentally make the jump to a build that isn’t supported by Electra or another iOS jailbreak.