Many of you are probably wondering whether or not you will be able to jailbreak the iOS 11. iOS is expected to be released on September 19, one week after the launch of the iPhone 8. While the iOS includes a ton of new features and improvements, jailbreakers still want to jailbreak the iOS 11 when it is released. Let’s back up for a moment first, and talk about the current iOS 10 jail break status.
The first iOS jailbreak known as Yalu was released on December 21, 2016. The Yalu jailbreak supported 64 bit devices such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Then a more stable version of the Yalu jailbreak tool was released for iOS 10.2 on January 26, 2017. It supported all 64 bit devices expect for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. You have to use a computer application known as Cydia Impactor to install the Yalu jailbreak. The jailbreak is a semi-untethered jailbreak, which means that when the iOS device boots, it will no longer have a patched kernel. You are required to run the Yalu app again, to re-jailbreak your iOS device. The other limitation of the jailbreak is that the Yalu app certificate expires seven days, so you have to reinstall it again using Cydia Impactor to renew it for another 7 days. The exploits that were used in Yalu iOS 10.2 jailbreak were patched by Apple in iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3, so it has not been possible to jailbreak iOS 10.2.1 or later.
So now that you know what’s happened with jailbreaking iOS 10, let’s talk about what we can expect with iOS 11. It’s been a while since a jailbreak was released, like we mentioned above. The positive news is that a group of security researchers demoed a functional jailbreak for iOS 11 beta 2 firmware and iOS 10.3.2 at this year’s MOSEC (Mobile Security Conference) 2017 in Shanghai, China in June. Since iOS 11 beta has been jailbroken, we are hopeful that a jailbreak for iOS 11 could be released. Apple has released 10 iOS 11 beta versions so far, so it is not clear if they have already patched the exploit that was used to jailbreak iOS 11. It is also possible that the iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 jailbreak was only for research purposes. But the fact that it was jailbroken gives us hope that hackers will be able to develop a jailbreak if the exploits haven’t been patched.
It is also possible that the iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 jailbreak was only for research purposes, so even though it can be jailbroken, the security researcher or hacker may not release a jailbreak for it to the public. Which means you shouldn’t get your hopes up too much. It is possible that we will see a jailbreak, but it’s also possible that we won’t. With all the new features available through iOS 11, some are arguing that you shouldn’t need to jailbreak the OS. But is that enough? My guess is no, so let’s hope that we get a jailbreak for iOS 11. And, as always, we will keep you posted if there is an update around an iOS 11 jailbreak.