The current status of the iOS 9 Jailbreak

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Mention the word Jailbreak, and you’ll typically receive a very polarizing response from readers. Those in favor of Jailbreaking their iOS devices are generally very supportive. Those who are unfamiliar with the process, or think that the need for Jailbreaking no longer exists, generally could care less or are worried it will void their iPad or iPhone warranty.  Of course, there are those in the middle, like myself, who used to Jailbreak their iPhones and iPads, but are no longer interested. Apple has added enough features to iOS to dilute some of the excitement for me.  In addition, I’m typically an early adopter and/or beta tester, and as a result, I’m compelled to update to the newest available version of iOS. Regardless of how I feel about Jailbreaking my iOS device, if you’re reading this post, you’re obviously interested in learning when we might see an updated tool.

What is the latest available Jailbreak tool?

The iOS 9 Jailbreak was released on October 13, by the Pangu Team, and it’s compatible with iOS 9.0-9.02. A week after Pangu delivered the Jailbreak tool Apple released iOS 9.1–which subsequently patched the exploits used by Pangu. Most recently, on December 8th, Apple released iOS 9.2, and as a result, there is no reason not to update to iOS 9.2 if you aren’t already Jailbroken.

When will we see a new Jailbreak?

Both Pangu and TaiG are allegedly working on jailbreak tools for iOS 9.2. However, with the release of iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 , and the public beta of 9.3, through the Apple Developer Program, it’s unclear whether the next Jailbreak tool will address 9.2 or 9.3.

We saw evidence earlier in the week that both iOS 9.2.1 & 9.3 beta 1 can be Jailbroken.  However Luca Tedesco, the developer who showed off his Jailbreaking skills has indicated that he has no plans to share his exploit within the community.  Although the recent flurry of activity surrounding the next Jailbreak release is very encouraging for those who are waiting to upgrade to iOS 9.3, at the moment all we can do is wait, as we don’t have any hard timetables for a release date from anyone.

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