We are coming up to three months since iOS 10 was released and still there is no sign of a public jailbreak. This is reminiscent of years gone by, when jailbreakers would have to wait for several months after a major release for their jailbreak while, in the most recent years, we have gotten somewhat used to having jailbreaks released almost on demand. Things are changing fast though, not least with the number of updates that Apple keeps on releasing as they strive to keep iOS 10 bug free and stop the jailbreaking in its tracks. iOS 10.2 has now been released to the public and iOS 10.2.1 download [ext link] has gone into beta.
Image : iOS 10.2.1 Jailbreak Update
When Can we Jailbreak iOS 10.2.1 ?
Not yet. With the firmware in beta it would be foolish for the teams to burn any exploits they may have with a beta version, given that the number of people who could use it would be limited, it would be incredibly unstable and the vulnerabilities would be patched by the time the firmware went public.
Image : Cydia iOS 10.2.1
A jailbreak for iOS 10.2 has been pretty much axed, following Luca Todesco’s announcement that the firmware is far too difficult to jailbreak. This is because of the sheer number of security updates included in the release, all of which, Todesco says, has left jailbreakers with almost nothing to go on.
That isn’t all that is standing in the way of an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak [ext link] though. Rootless made its debut in iOS 10, a technology that Apple warned would pretty much stop jailbreaking in its tracks and it seems to have done. While we could argue that there have been jailbreaks for iOS 10, these have all been for beta versions and have all been small utilities. Teams like Taig and Pangu must build something that works on millions of devices, not just one or two, and that is far more difficult.
The Bug Bounty program is also getting in the way. This is a first for Apple, actually paying developers to find vulnerabilities for them instead of just offering up a safer iOS by way of reward. The offer of sums up to $200,000 is going to prove difficult for some to ignore and no doubt many good exploits are gone now, sold on to Apple to patch up
iOS 10.2.1 Jailbreak Release Date :
PPHelper for iOS 9.2 to 9.3.3 is the latest jailbreak and, being a semi-untethered one, Luca Todesco has released a tool that automatically reactivates it for you, saving you a lot of hassle. Download links and instructions can be found here. If you have updated to iOS 10 and beyond, sit tight; as soon as we have news on an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak we’ll let you know. Follow us on Facebook and Subscribe to our free email newsletter for instant updates.