Good news on Wednesday for those who’ve been eagerly awaiting a jailbreak for iOS 11.3.1: The Electra team, led by developer CoolStar, has confirmed that a different direction has been taken in regards to the rootfs mount issue and that a revamped version of Electra will be released “within a few days.”
Firstly, the team has confirmed that too much time was being spent trying to make Min Zheng’s bypass functional and stable, with the decision being that it simply wasn’t reliable enough to be used in this jailbreak. The team then confirmed that it had moved away from that in favor of its own APFS bypass with confirmation that it does burn a 0day which was also relevant to Apple’s iOS 12 platform but that others do exist that are in their possession if they need to utilize them in the future.
Remount for 11.3.1 is complete! Jailbreak will be dropping within a few days
We are not using Spark’s bypass as it was unstable. We are using our own APFS bypass
(It burns the 0day and yes, we have others for iOS 12 if needed)
So, burning a 0day isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t appear to be the end of the world, either.
CoolStar has also taken to Twitter to confirm that Electra will “support all iOS devices on 11.2-11.3.1,” with the exception of a few devices belonging to an individual who doesn’t exactly appear to be on CoolStar’s Christmas card list:
Electra will support all iOS devices on 11.2-11.3.1*!
*Except for the specific devices owned by that one guy who pissed me off 3 days, you know who you are.
After the news dropped, the official Electra website was updated with a status indicator that displays the team’s progress on the tool. As of this writing, the indicator is nearly full and displays the word “Packaging,” as shown above.
Furthermore, a retweet from Atom Developments by Electra Team member CoolStar this week teases an upcoming project called Sileo, which promises to “revolutionize something you love doing.”
There’s no official word yet concerning what Sileo will be, but there have been some circulating rumors and speculation on /r/jailbreak that it could be a Cydia alternative for installing jailbreak tweaks. Again, this is not yet confirmed, and information available as of now leaves a lot of wiggle room for interpretation.
Notably, Electra 11.3.1 will automagically filter incompatible jailbreak tweaks from appearing in Cydia’s default repositories, such as BigBoss, ModMyi, and ZodTTD. A spreadsheet made available to developers allows them to mark their tweaks as compatible with iOS 11 so that jailbreak users can download them when the time comes.
So, finally, the process appears to be all but complete. As always, as soon as the switch is flicked, we’ll be sure to let you know when you can get your hands on the final download, complete with tutorials and guides on how to go about using it the right way. Stay tuned for more on this!
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