Now that iOS 10.2 has been released, it’s time to start looking at whether it can be jailbroken yet ? We know that the latest version of the iOS firmware was tested by developers during the beta stages and those developers would have included members of Taig Jailbreak team. They would have been looking for usable vulnerabilities that they could use to build an iOS 10.2 jailbreak [ext link] that would work on multiple devices.
Image : iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Update
Right now, the very latest jailbreak that is available for public use is PPHelper, covering iOS 9.2 through to iOS 9.3.3. That was patched with the release of iOS 9.3.4 but is still a useable jailbreak for anyone who does not update beyond iOS 9.3.3.
When Can We Jailbreak iOS 10.2 ?
That isn’t a question we can give you an answer to at the moment. We do know that iOS 10 can be jailbroken in a manner of speaking. Luca Todesco has shown us working jailbreaks for iOS 10 and for iOS 10.0.1 but they were never intended to be working jailbreaks for public use. Todesco does a lot of work on security research and the jailbreaks he produced worked on a couple of devices. Taig has the job of coming up with a jailbreak that is safe and will work on all iOS 10 devices, including every different variation of each model – potentially millions of devices.
Apple promised that jailbreaking would become more difficult when they included a new security feature in iOS 10. It’s called Rootless and it is designed to block access to certain files in the iOS system, even to those who have access via admin rights. With the lack of a jailbreak since iOS 10 was released in September, it is looking more and more likely that the Cupertino Company has succeeded in making things difficult. On the other hand, it could just be that Taig is playing a waiting game. Apple is releasing updates with intense regularity right now and Taig will be wanting to see whether each of the updates patches any of the vulnerabilities they have found.
Apple Blocking iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Progress :
They could well be waiting until the slew of updates slows down before they unleash a jailbreak for iOS 10.2. Add the release of Apple’s Bug Bounty program into the mix and we could be waiting a while longer. The Bug Bounty program offers sums of up to $200,000 to researchers who find vulnerabilities and that sum of money may well be too tempting for many to ignore, meaning that Taig could well be finding that the vulnerabilities they thought they could use have been “sold out” by another researcher.
Image : Cydia iOS 10.2
Until an iOS 10.2 jailbreak is made available to us, we have little choice but to sit tight and wait. Those on iOS 9.3.3 should hang on to their jailbreak for now and the rest of us will just have to bide our time a little longer.