Apple Releases iOS 9.3.1
Apple officially released iOS 9.3.1 to fix the bugs which were discovered when the operating system was released. For jailbreakers, the release was concerning. However, on Twitter, Luca Todesco confirmed that the vulnerabilities discovered by jailbreakers were not patched by iOS 9.3.1. therefore, an upcoming jailbreak should still be on schedule.
Apple Stops Signing iOS 9.2.1
Apple has officially stopped signing iOS 9.2.1. As is Apple’s custom, the decision comes two weeks after it released iOS 9.3. Since Apple has stopped signing 9.2.1, users can no longer downgrade from iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1. Apple corrected some of its major issues with iOS 9.3 with the iOS 9.3.1 release, including preventing Safari from crashing and ensuring that Sprint users could connect to LTE and fixing a bug that stopped older devices from being properly updated.
Apple stops signing its older releases to prevent users from downgrading and being vulnerable to security bugs that have been patched by its newer releases. This always impacts the jailbreaking community the most. In this case, any impact will be negligible since there has never been a jailbreak for iOS 9.2.1.
Is There a Jailbreak Yet?
Speaking of the endless quest for jailbreak, let’s take a look at a common state of affairs for jailbreakers. Every day the jailbreak community wakes up, signs on to the internet and searches “has there been a jailbreak yet?” Many people turn to reddit/r/jailbreak for the latest news and rumors. Well, now some enterprising jailbreakers have created some websites to ensure you know the second a jailbreak becomes available.
IsItJailbrokenYet.com is a website that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at our obsession with the next jailbreak. The site has a live countdown that shows the time since the last fully unjailbroken release, which at this time remains iOS 9.2. Created by Freddie Ergatoudis, the site amusingly invites you to use one of the social media buttons, since “Every share, tweet and post will help get a Jailbreak sooner!” Obviously that last part is in jest, since Freddie knows the constant chatter over the next jailbreak doesn’t encourage Pangu or TaiG to work faster.
Canijailbreak.com takes the concept further by providing an answer to the jailbreak question broken down by device. Running iOS 8.4.1 but don’t know if you can jailbreak? Check the website and you’ll have an answer (No). As another example, there is a jailbreak for iOS 4.3.4 to 4.3.5 (redsn0w version 0.9.15b3), however the site notes it is a tethered jailbreak and recommends updating to a newer version of iOS. The site provides a link for all IPSW downloads, where you can “download current and previous versions of Apple’s iOS Firmware and receive notifications when new firmwares are released.”