The Mobile Security Conference was held this week in China. It was hosted by Pangu, the team responsible for jailbreaking. Pangu did not release a jailbreak utility – yet. However, Pangu finally announced that there would in fact be a jailbreak for iOS 9.3 and higher.
Pangu Confirms It Will Release iOS 9.3.2 Jailbreak
Pangu gave its presentation at the event. Most importantly, the organizer of MOSEC had some comments about what went down in the world of jailbreaking. In one tweet, he said Pangu did a demo about iOS 9.3.2. The presentation included confirmation during the Q&A that they would jailbreak iOS 9.3.2 – and not iOS 9.3.3, which is still in beta testing while Apple works to develop iOS 9.10. Word on the street is that it should come within the week.
Pangu Also Demonstrated an iOS 10 Jailbreak
Even more exciting, MOSEC reported that there was an actual demo of a jailbreak, but it was a jailbreak of iOS 10 beta! Pangu team said iOS mimicked Apple’s famous “One Last Thing” developed from Steve Jobs’ keynote speeches. Photos were uploaded to Weebo, the Chinese microblogging site.
This means Pangu actually has two separate jailbreaks using two specific and different exploits. The unencrypted iOS 10 kernal led them to develop a jailbreak utility. As we’ve discussed, Apple unencrypting the iOS 10 kernal is proving to be a major boon for the jailbreak community.
Why Jailbreak iOS 9.3.2?
The key question on everyone’s mind is probably why jailbreak iOS 9.3.2 when iOS 9.3.3 is in beta testing and about to be finalized? iOS 9.3.3 is in its fourth beta. There are a few exploits that function on iOS 9.3.2 that was detailed by hacker Luca Tedesco when he demonstrated a web-based jailbreak. That powerful exploit is patched on iOS 9.3.3. it would be a negative to let that powerful jailbreak simply pass by, particularly since it would obviously be able to be of use in a public jailbreak utility. If you are in iOS 9.3.3 you can still downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 so you should downgrade immediately.
How to Prepare Your Device
Although Pangu will be releasing an iOS 10 jailbreak, without unassailable proof (i.e. a jailbreak in the wild) it’s important not to upgrade. Remember to turn off your auto-updater so that you do not inadvertently lose your ability to take advantage of the jailbreaks as soon as they are released.
To get ready for the day, make sure you check the iOS jailbreak compatibility index just to be certain your device will work. Then, always make a backup so that if something goes wrong with your Apple device during installation, all of your data is protected. Finally, since chances of success are still higher when downloading a copy of iOS from iTunes rather than over-the-air (OTA), be sure to plug in your device and get the best possible start.
Be sure to check back here each day as we will have full information regarding the jailbreaks when they are released by Pangu. In the meantime, let us know in the comments how excited you are about jailbreaking!