iOS 10, 10.1.1, 10.2 Jailbreak Update
With Apple having announced the tenth iteration of its mobile operating system during this week’s WWDC 2016 opening keynote, it was only a matter of time before developers and power-users alike started to ask the all-important question – can it be jailbroken? As it turns out, it can. This first to confirm the same was Canadian hacker extraordinaire iH8sn0w – known for jailbreak tools Sn0wbreeze and iFaith – who broke through the defenses of the latest from Apple on an iPhone 5.
Note: We will be updating this post constantly as news of iOS 10 and its jailbreak status further unravels, so don’t forget to check back! Last updated: 11/11/2016
The Cupertino tech giant seeded the first beta of iOS 10 to developers in June while the public equivalent of the same debuted in July. As is Apple’s current modus operandi, the final build of iOS 10 is likely to land in September after the announcement of the next iPhone. In a video uploaded to YouTube, iH8sn0w shows an iPhone 5 running the iOS 10 developer beta 1 with an untethered jailbreak exploit employed and Cydia running.
You can watch the video below. It shows the hacker deleting the stock Mail app to prove the firmware on the device is in fact iOS 10, and then rebooting the device to show that the jailbreak is untethered.
Of course, at this point, this is no more than a demo – a proof-of-concept that demonstrates the beta is vulnerable to a certain exploit. The developer has made no remarks as to whether this will ultimately constitute a working jailbreak tool. Remember that hackers are known to have kept working jailbreak exploits under wraps after posting demos. The good news is that iH8sn0w is known to have released jailbreak tools in the past, so if iOS 10 happens to be pushed to all users with the same vulnerability in place, a jailbreak tool for the update will follow.
Perhaps a more likely source of the next jailbreak solution is Pangu – the Chinese dev team behind jailbreak tools for iOS 8 through iOS 9.3.3. – who showed off a working iOS 10 jailbreak at the 2016 Mobile Security Conference in Shanghai.
Pangu iOS 10 jailbreak demo at MOSEC 2016, Shanghai (via Weibo)
Another video demo, shared by Italian security researcher Luca Tedesco on his Twitter account, shows an 64-bit iPad going through a one-tap jailbreak and then successfully running Cydia. Luca’s solution isn’t likely to be made available to the community, though, as the developer has been known to demonstrate working jailbreak exploits sans public release. That being said, Tedesco hasn’t explicitly ruled out said possibility.
As with all updates, iOS 10 too kills quite a few jailbreak tweaks with its new Raise to wake and Bedtime features, redesigned lock screen and Today view, new uses for Apple’s proprietary pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology, interactive notifications and much, much more. It’ll be interesting to see what the jailbreak community makes of these changes and how existing Cydia tweaks are molded to match them.
What are your hopes for the next jailbreak? Let us know in the comment section below!
Update: After tweeting an image of an iPhone 7 jailbroken on iOS 10.0.1, Luca Tedesco returned with a similar tweet for iOS 10.1.1.
Update 2: Another hacker has joined the foray, with @ijapija00 tweeting out jailbreak video demos for iOS 10.1.1 and then iOS 10.2 beta 1. It is, again, unclear whether or not the developer will be packing the jailbreak into a public release. You can watch the video demo for iOS 10.2 beta 1 below.
If you’re still jailbroken on iOS 9.x, you may also like to check out our Cydia tweaks section.