If you own an iOS device that’s running on iOS 10.3 or 10.3.1, here’s some good news for you: a jailbreak for these iOS versions have already been developed.
In the last week of April, renowned Chinese hacking team Pangu hosted the Janus Mobile Security & Threat Intelligence Platform Release Event, which has held in Shanghai, China. During the event, the team demonstrated a jailbreak on an iPhone 7 that was running on iOS 10.3.1.
Spark Zheng, who reportedly attended the event, took photos and videos of the demo and uploaded them on the Chinese social networking site, where it was picked up by news outlets and eager iOS users. Zheng, who is a security researcher at online retailing giant Alibaba, is a trusted member of the jailbreaking community and has been a source of reliable information for a while. This convinced many people that the photos and videos were genuine and not Photoshopped or faked content.
Pangu’s demo proved that iOS 10.3.1 doesn’t have the airtight security that Apple wanted it to have and that it definitely can be jailbroken. However, it also raises several questions among the jailbreak community.
Some people are wondering if Pangu’s iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak could work on iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.3.2. Pangu has not revealed any details about this so we don’t really have an official answer. However, many experts point out that iOS 10.3 and 10.3.1 belong to the same file system, so it’s highly likely that any jailbreak that would work for iOS 10.3.1 would also work for iOS 10.3.
Unfortunately, this might not be the case with iOS 10.3.2. There’s always the chance that the exploit used by Pangu for the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak might already be patched in the upcoming iOS update. On the flip side, there’s also the chance that the exploit has not been discovered by Apple, so the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak tool might be compatible with iOS 10.3.2.
A lot of iOS device users are also asking if they should update to iOS 10.3.1 or to iOS 10.3.2 when it comes out. Tech experts have different opinions of this. Some advise users to upgrade to iOS 10.3.1 (if they haven’t already done so) then save the SHSH2 blobs for this version. This way, if they upgrade to iOS 10.3.2 later on, they can still downgrade to version 10.3.1 if Pangu’s jailbreak is only compatible with that. Others, meanwhile, recommend that users stick to the oldest possible iOS version and just wait and see what Pangu does with its newest jailbreak tool.