Now that iOS 10.2 download has been released, iOS users are turning their attention once more to the possibility of a iOS 10.2 jailbreak [ext link], something which seems to have been very elusive since iOS 10 was released in September 2016. While Apple should be congratulated on keeping iOS 10 as up to date as possible and as free from bugs as they can, the jailbreak community is not too happy that the speed the updates are released at seems to be holding up a new jailbreak. The last public jailbreak was for iOS 10.1.1 Jailbreak [ext link] and, since then, all the teams have gone very quiet.
Image : iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Update
Can we Jailbreak iOS 10.2 ?
At the moment, no. The update is a relatively new release and will require some examination and testing by the jailbreak teams before a jailbreak can be built for it. Although some of the testing was already carried out on the beta versions, there are still a few hurdles for the teams to overcome before an iOS 10.2 jailbreak can be released.
Image : Cydia iOS 10.2
First, they are battling against developers like Luca Todesco who are happy to show off proof of iOS 10 jailbreaks but not to release them to the public. By doing this, they have alerted Apple to the existence of the vulnerabilities and given them the chance to patch them, taking a huge opportunity away from the jailbreak developers.
Video : New iOS 10.1 Jailbreak Video
Second, they are fighting against Rootless, Apple’s new security system that the Cupertino Company claimed would be the death of jailbreaking. The system is designed to block users from accessing specific iOS files, regardless of whether they have admin access rights or not and, while it hasn’t actually stopped jailbreaking, it has most certainly been instrumental in slowing it down.
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Third, the Apple Bug Bounty program is standing in the way. For the very first time, Apple is now paying researchers for the vulnerabilities that they find and report, offering up to $200,000 – a sum of money that some researchers will find hard to turn down, thus losing the jailbreak teams even more vulnerabilities as they are passed back to Apple for patching.
It seems that Apple really is determined to put a stop to jailbreaking this year, despite the fact that it is perfectly legal to do. However, we do know that Taig, Pangu, and PP Jailbreak [ext link] teams are a determined bunch and we have no doubt that one of them will produce a fully working iOS 10.2 jailbreak in the very near future.
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