The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the latest devices in Apple’s line of smartphones (not counting the upcoming iPhone 8), which makes them two of the hottest commodities in the tech market. In fact, a lot of people have fallen over themselves to get their hands on these devices and enjoy the new features they bring, such as splash- and water-resistance, wide-angle and telephoto cameras, and a powerful processor.
But there’s one downside to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: they’re currently not supported by the latest jailbreaking tools like Yalu and mach_portal. This is because the people behind these tools — like renowned Italian hacker Luca Todesco and his team — have not been able to bypass the Kernel Patch Protection (or KPP) on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices that are running on iOS 10.2 and above. As a result, those who own an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus can only use the Yalu and mach_portal jailbreak if their devices are running iOS 10.1 or iOS 10.1.1.
Fortunately, hackers are slowly working their way around this. Chinese hacking team Pangu revealed during a Shanghai event in the last week of April that they have successfully installed a jailbreak on an iPhone 7 that’s running iOS 10.3.1. This is definitely good news in that 1) Pangu has found an exploit in the iOS 10.3.1 and that 2) it has come up with a way to bypass the iPhone 7’s KPP.
The fact that the jailbreak works on the iPhone 7 means that it will also work on the iPhone 7 Plus, which will surely delight those who own this device. However, Pangu has not revealed when it would release the jailbreak, so it’s not sure when iOS device owners will get their hands on this tool. The only thing that’s certain as of now is that the jailbreak will work on 64-bit devices, which covers not just the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but also older devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus.
Tech experts are guessing that Pangu will release the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak after Apple rolls out iOS 10.3.2 to the public. Since Apple will release iOS 11 in June during WWDC, it’s highly likely that the iOS 10.3.2 release and the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak rollout will happen this month.