Jailbreak Overview Updated March 1, 2021

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Jailbreaking generally refers to the removal of iOS software restrictions on Apple devices by means of software exploits. Jailbreaking affords root access to the iOS file system, allowing users to install tweaks and utilities that provide extensive functionality to iOS.

Jailbreak tools vary from jailbreak to jailbreak. Some tools consist of tiny utilities that must be executed from a Mac or Windows machine, while other jailbreak methods can be executed right on device without needing to connect to a computer.

Jailbreaks have been released for all iOS hardware categories, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. The most recent Apple TV jailbreak, made available for the 4th generation Apple TV, required users to stay on an earlier version of tvOS. Of all iOS-related devices to date, only the third-generation Apple TV never saw a jailbreak during its lifetime.

Since jailbreaking takes advantage of security vulnerabilities, Apple works hard to patch these vulnerabilities. Once a vulnerability is patched, a new version of iOS is released and the signing window for previous susceptible versions are closed, making it impossible for users to upgrade or downgrade to the vulnerable version of iOS.

Cydia, a third-party app and tweak resource, is frequently mentioned in the same breath as jailbreaking, although it has nothing to do with the exploits responsible for the jailbreak itself. Cydia is by far the most popular way for jailbroken users to acquire apps and tweaks to modify their jailbroken devices.

The most recent jailbreak is from Chinese hacking team, Pangu. Pangu’s jailbreak works with iOS versions 9.3.3, 9.3.2, 9.3.1, 9.3, 9.2.1, and 9.2. The Pangu jailbreak is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. At the moment, Pangu’s official iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak is Windows-only, and available in Chinese.

Jailbreak Stories March 1

A new Unc0ver jailbreak tool works on almost every iPhone, including the iPhone 12. It is based on the same vulnerability Apple said may have been been actively exploited by hackers.

The approach works on iPhones running iOS 11 through to iOS 14.3, as Apple patched the flaws in iOS 14.4…

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Jailbreak Stories January 11

The jailbreak process lets users run several tweaks and other iOS modifications, but one user recently decided to go further and install the Ubuntu operating system on an iPhone. The experiment was shared by the user identified as “newhacker1746” on Reddit.

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Jailbreak Stories September 22, 2020

An iOS 14 jailbreak is now available for older devices, and the team says that it will likely support some newer ones soon.

It’s from the team behind the ‘unpatchable’ checkm8 exploit which enabled a jailbreak for almost every iPhone from the iPhone 5s to the iPhone X …

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Jailbreak Stories June 1, 2020

Apple has just released iOS 13.5.1 to the public with “important security updates.” Now the company has revealed more details about today’s update, which in fact patches the exploit found by unc0ver Team that allowed a jailbreak for all devices running iOS 13.5.

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Jailbreak Stories May 28, 2020

Earlier this week we posted a tutorial showcasing how to jailbreak iOS 13.5 on macOS, but we realize that not all iPhone users are Mac users. In today’s tutorial, I’d like to show you how to jailbreak iOS 13.5 using a Windows machine.

This tutorial also showcases how to fix the pesky Could not find AltServer error message. Watch the full video for the details.

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Jailbreak Stories May 25, 2020

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a post about anything regarding jailbreaking, but this release is big. Thanks to a new 0day kernel vulnerability from @Pwn20wnd, all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices that can run iOS 13.5 can be jailbroken.

In other words, that means that every modern iOS device that you have available to you today can be jailbroken. It wasn’t that long ago when some thought that jailbreaking was dead, but this release proves otherwise.

Watch our brief hands-on video walkthrough as I demonstrate how easy it is to jailbreak a device using the Unc0ver jailbreak tool.

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