After iOS 10.2 jailbreak, Apple closed all exploits in the latest iOS 10.2.1 update. Moreover, Apple also stopped signing iOS 10.2 to prevent users from using yalu102 jailbreak.
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Will Yalu Jailbreak Be Released for iOS 10.2.1?
A lot of users who updated and those who bought new devices are stuck on iOS 10.2.1. The demand for an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak is gaining a lot of traction.
Luca, the developer behind Yalu jailbreak, has clearly stated that he will leave the jailbreak scene after releasing iOS 10.2 jailbreak.
Another hacker, who goes by the name of ijapija00, demonstrated his YUCCA jailbreak for iOS 10.2.1. However, after a while nothing came out of it.
Apple has closed all exploits used by Yalu jailbreak in iOS 10.2.1 firmware. They fixed Pangu team’s WebKit (rendering engine used by Safari) exploits and Ian Beer’s Google Project Zero exploit.
It is highly unlikely that a vulnerability will be found in 10.2.1 now.
So, the answer is clearly no. There will never be a jailbreak for iOS 10.2.1.
Yalu103 – Is an Untethered iOS 10.3 Jailbreak Possible?
Since 10.3 uses the new Apple File System (APFS), it may contain vulnerabilities as it’s rather new. An iOS 10.3 jailbreak may become possible in the future.
This is indicated by the number of beta updates Apple pushed out for 10.3 in such a short period of time.
It is likely to contain a lot of security loopholes that jailbreak developers could exploit.
Here’s a tweet that indicated how many 0day exploits are still to be found in iOS 10.
I dunno but if a random 19 year old kid can stockpile iOS 0day I’m pretty sure it means there’s plenty
— qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) March 7, 2017
With iOS 11 still under development, a 10.3 jailbreak makes sense. Hopefully, the untethered jailbreak era can make a return for new firmware versions.
Apple is becoming more aggressive and taking permanent measures to contain the jailbreak scene. One thing is for sure, the next jailbreak won’t be easy.
State of the Jailbreak Scene
A lot of Cydia tweaks have been updated for iOS 10. However, Yalu is still stuck in beta stage. It is very unstable on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus and other 10.1.1 devices.
To make it more stable, you can use Order 66 Substrate Fix.
There’s no ETA whatsoever for when the stable version will arrive. Luca also hinted at JBME102, untethered JailbreakME for iOS 10.2.
The stable version will be dropped as soon as iOS 10.3 is released.
The latest developments in the jailbreak scene do make you question – Is this the end of jailbreak?