Since no developer team is willing to work on iOS 12 jailbreak, jailbreak users have raised a large bounty for anyone who releases it. Here’s how you can contribute to this project.
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Jailbreak enthusiasts crowdfund iOS 12.1 jailbreak
Reddit user Applango, who is the organizer of this campaign as well as the main donor, will send $10,000 CAD in BTC to anyone who releases an iOS 12 jailbreak.
But here’s the catch – the said jailbreak should work on the latest iPhone models, including iPhone XS and XS Max. Also, it should be fully open source and have Cydia as its default package manager.
The deadline for the fundraiser is currently set at 48 hours, meaning the tool should go public by Thursday.
As of right now, the bounty stands at around $25,000 CAD ($24,951.52 to be precise). If you wish to be a part of this noble crowdfunding campaign, be sure to chip in with your contribution here.
Jailbreak developers take offense
Certain “respected” jailbreak developers are apparently offended by this crowdfunding campaign.
According to Ben, we should try to raise $100,000 or above to purchase a zero-day exploit for iOS 12.
if they're really serious they can raise 50-100+k$, buy a kern 0d, and I'll write the rest of the jb for free
— sparkey (@iBSparkes) November 6, 2018
Yalu jailbreak developer Luca Todesco also chimed in to the criticism, stating, “if they raise $800,000 worth of Bitcoin, I might have a friend or two willing to let go of some kernel 0-day with no reliability guarantees”.
hey if they raise $800k worth of BTC i might have a friend or two willing to let go of some kernel 0day with no reliability guarantees
— qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) November 6, 2018
When will iOS 12.1 jailbreak be released?
Unfortunately, not much will come of this noble crowdfunding campaign due to the bounty.
For those who don’t know, private security companies such as Zerodium offer obscene amounts of money that run into millions for persistent exploits.
In fact, Apple also has its own bug bounty program that offers hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers.
Furthermore, the deadline for this campaign will prove to be a bit too tight and unreasonable perhaps, even for veteran jailbreak developers.
With that being said, if you happen to own an exploit or a full-blown jailbreak tool for iOS 12 and above, be sure to contact the Applango to claim to your bounty. If you have something in the works, the deadline could even be extended by a few weeks.