iOS 9.3.4 has been released just two weeks after iOS 9.3.3 firmware and it comes with, according to the release notes, “important improvements to the security of iOS”. By that, we can assume that, rather than bringing us new features or improving the speed or performance of the iOS, the release is only to patch the recently released iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak [ext link].
Image : iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak
PPHelper for iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3.3 was released by Pangu and PP Assistant and if you haven’t installed it yet, now is a good time to do it. If you haven’t updated to iOS 9.3.3 yet, do it by downloading the relevant iOS 9.3.3 IPSW and updating via iTunes. If you update to iOS 9.3.4 you have very little time left in which to downgrade back – Apple is still signing iOS 9.3.3 but not for much longer. They normally wait between 1 and 2 weeks after the release of a new firmware to stop signing the old one but, given that their long-standing mission is to stop jailbreaking altogether, don’t be surprised if they don’t wait that long before shutting the door permanently.
A security document released by the Cupertino company makes it very clear that the security enhancements will patch the vulnerabilities used by Pangu in the jailbreak and, being that Apple always does this, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the jailbreak ha been killed off to anyone who updates to iOS 9.3.4. Luca Todesco, Italian iOS hacker and developer, told us that the exploits for the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak had already been fixed in iOS 10 and that he was surprised it took Apple so long to release iOS 9.3.4 to patch it up.
Can we Jailbreak iOS 9.3.4 ?
No. [ Yes we can , read the new update below]. Although the jailbreak teams will probably take a look at iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak [ext link] , we are unlikely to see another jailbreak now until after iOS 10 has been released in September so please don’t update to iOS 9.3.4 and then hang our hopes on a new jailbreak – if we get one, consider it to be a bonus, not a right.
You have a couple of options open to you :
- Update to iOS 9.3.4 and stay there
- Downgrade iOS 9.3.4 to iOS 9.3.3 [ext link] and jailbreak
- Don’t update – there are no bug fixes or enhancements for you to take advantage of so there is little to be gained from updating at this stage and much to lose if you live for your jailbreaks.
One word of advice – when you have installed PPHelper on your iOS device, head to Cydia and, as your first package, download the updated version of Cydia Impactor. That way, if things go wrong, you don’t need to lose your jailbreak.
iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak Success :
Update : While Apple has rather quickly patched PPHelper with the release of iOS 9.3.4, they haven’t managed to stop the jailbreakers from forging ahead. Pangu is now working on a jailbreak utility for iOS 9.3.4, either a completely new jailbreak or an update to PPHelper to give it support. We know that iOS 9.3.4 can be jailbroken because Luca Todesco has shown us. An image uploaded to his Twitter [ext link] account today showed us an iPhone 6S running a jailbroken version of iOS 9.3.4 and, although we won’t be able to use his jailbreak, it does show us that it is possible and, as soon as Pangu release their new tool, we’ll let you know.
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