Jailbreak of iOS 9.1, 9.2 to Come Before End of the Year?

Apple is updating iOS 9 rapidly. The company recently released another beta update to iOS 9.2. This marks the fifth beta update of iOS 9. Meanwhile, there is still no jailbreak iOS 9.1. With iOS 9.2 on the horizon, when can Apple users expect a publicly-available jailbreak for iOS 9.1?

Neurogadget reports that hackers are working day and night to find a solution. The site expects jailbreaks for both iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 before the end of the year. The much-respected Pangu Team is the most likely candidate to develop a jailbreak, particularly since they were the first to release a jailbreak to iOS 9 earlier this year. When Apple released iOS 9.1 in October, it killed the jailbreak. As a result, anyone who wanted to upgrade to iOS 9.1 or higher would would lose their jailbreak, since Apple made it impossible to downgrade to iOS 9.0.2. This is the reason we are recommending that users wait for at least the iOS 9.1 jailbreak is released before materially altering their stock iPads, iPhones and iPod Nanos.

As we reported earlier, an anonymous group of hackers completed a jailbreak of iOS 9.1 and the 9.2 beta. The team has received a $1 million-dollar reward from private zero-day buyer Zerodium by meeting Zerodium’s “9.1 Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty ” by October 31. Zerodium is a start-up which sells security breaches and solutions to powerful entities like government or multinational corporations. Zerodium is preparing to sell the jailbreak to the highest bidder.

According to Zerodium, the untethered browser-based jailbreak exploits vulnerabilities across the entire Apple device spectrum, including iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, all iPhone 5 lines, iPad Air 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4, as well as iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 2. The jailbreak apparently includes vulnerabilities in the Google Chrome browser and iOS and successfully bypassed nearly all mitigations in place.

Zerodium said that they were not currently planning to share the jailbreak with Apple or release it to the public. Meanwhile, Apple continued to address security concerns, and is moving forward rapidly on the next major update, which will be iOS 10, which should come sometime in 2016, although no firm timetable is yet known.

The public statements by Zerodium have likely given teams like Pangu a leg up on finding vulnerabilities they can present to the public as a jailbreak. Meanwhile, the jailbreaking community known as SemiJB released a partial jailbreak of iOS 9. Semi JB offers Cydia with limited features. It cannot install system apps and sources. Semi JB claims “it is tested on all available iOS versions and all versions allow semi jailbreak to perform its functionalities without worrying much about the missing root.” However the Semi jailbreak is only available if you have an iPhone with iOS 8.4.1.

Also of note is a video by iH8sn0w, developer of popular jailbreak tools such as Sn0wbreeze, P0sixspwn and iFaith. iH8sn0w’s video shows an untethered iPhone 5 running a jailbroken iOS 9. But he has not released this jailbreak tool.

This leaves users with the same option as before: waiting to see if a full jailbreak of iOS 9.1 or 9.2 becomes available.

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