iOS 9.2 Jailbreak Release Imminent, what we know so far !
After a couple of serious announcements, it now appears that not only are we due a jailbreaking tool for iOs 9.2 any day now, but both of the high-profile jailbreaking teams are aiming to get there first.
In what appears to be a fight to the finish, both Pangu and TaiG teams – each of which has released fully-fledged jailbreaking tools recently – are working furiously to release their tools first.
The last 12 months have seen unprecedented jailbreaking activity compared to what we’ve seen in recent years as Chinese teams entered the fray. In fact, rather than having to wait a year for a new jailbreak tool, the next release, presumably for iOS 9.2, looks set to arrive barely 2 months after the previous release by the Pangu team on 13th October. Jailbreaking is the term given to the process of allowing third party software to be installed on an iOS device that hasn’t been signed off by Apple.
This can pose security risks, but also allow unlimited customization of iOS and the installation of apps that wouldn’t pass Apple’s verification process. Many jailbreaking features have been so good that they’ve found their way into new iOS versions – for example, the Control Centre was available years before it was introduced into iOS and much more useful and flexible versions are available in the jailbreaking app store Cydia.
iPhone users that jailbreak their devices are currently in limbo, as Apple has stopped signing all but the latest version of iOS, meaning they’re now unable to restore their devices or upgrade past iOS 9.0.2. Apple also patched the exploits used in the tool in iOS 9.1, which was released a short time later on 21st October.
When can we expect the tool to be released? Well, there are a couple of things to consider here. Firstly, the logical thing for the teams to do would be to wait for the next release of iOS. Currently, this would be iOS 9.2.1, which entered beta testing earlier this month. By releasing their tools soon after its release, jailbreakers would have the longest amount of time to apply the tool.