Another day, another report speculating about the iOS 9.3 release and prospective jailbreaks. However, there does seem to be some hard news this time around, with sources inside hacker organizations Taig and Pangu saying they will release the iOS 9.2.1 jailbreak immediately after iOS 9.3 is released to the public. The jailbreak of iOS 9.3 will then come in a matter of days or even hours after iOS 9.3 is public. Both Taig and Pangu have advised users to use the Safari browser on their iPhones or iPads to download their preferred iOS 9.3 jailbreak installer.
What You Can Jailbreak Now
To recap what is available now, remember that only iOS 9, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 are able to be jailbroken. The Pangu team made this jailbreak possible. The untethered jailbreak is available for Mac or Windows PC and is compatible with iPhone 6s to iPhone 4s.
Cydia has a detailed explanation and tutorials you can follow to jailbreak your device running iOS 9, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2. However, the vulnerability that made the jailbreak possible on this platform has been fixed by Apple when they released iOS 9.1.
What About iOS 9.2.1 and 9.3?
It has already been proven that there are vulnerabilities that can be exploited to jailbreak iOS 9.2.1. The Italian teenage hacker Luca Todesco, known as “qwertyoruiop” on Twitter, demonstrated a successful installation of Cydia on his iPhone 6 running iOS 9.2.1. Shortly after Apple released iOS 9.3 in beta on January 11, 2016, he did the same thing. As proof, he published a video showing Cydia and running Mobile Terminal, showing definitively that he was able to jailbreak 9.3. He also posted screenshots backing up his claims. To the disappointment of many, Todesco is not releasing his jailbreaks publicly.
Todesco is not the only hacker who knows how to jailbreak 9.2.1. It is now believed that multiple hacker teams have achieved a jailbreak. However, they appear to be waiting until 9.3 is released so as not to alert Apple about the issues it has exploited to make the jailbreak. It also appears as though the hacker groups believe that the company will have the same vulnerabilities in iOS 9.3, making it easy for the hackers to jailbreak.
Apple, Pangu and Taig are in a high stakes game of chicken about the jailbreak. But regardless of what the hackers are doing, Apple has a vested interest in publicly releasing iOS 9.3 in March. It is believed that Apple would like to ship its next generation devices with iOS 9.3 right after its March public event, which will center on the iPad Air and potentially mini-iPhones. The new iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3 and the 4-inch iPhone 5S are all expected to be revealed. Apple does not like to have too much time between a product announcement and shipment, so there won’t be a months-long waiting game until those products ship.
In the meantime, Pangu told its followers that if they did not care about the jailbreak, to go ahead and update to 9.2.1. For those who do have a jailbroken phone, they advised to hold steady at 9.2. It seems that for jail breakers, patience is a virtue these days.