Hacker James Luke has teased brenbreak, a new jailbreak tool for the Apple Watch. Here’s all you need to know about it.
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James Luke teases brenbreak for watchOS 4.0-5.1.2
Dubbed brenbreak, the tool promises to be a full-blown jailbreak for the Apple Watch, allowing users to perform basic customizations.
The developer James Luke aka Ethanpepro posted the below tweet on his official Twitter handle, teasing a new jailbreak tool for Apple Watch.
brenbreak jailbreak for Apple Watch coming this fall. Supports series 1-4 and firmware up to watchOS 5.1.2 (dev – @ethanpepro). #RETWEET for visibility pic.twitter.com/HsTFfgVmXS
— Yalu Jailbreak (@Yalujb) June 27, 2019
While the scope of a jailbreak tool for wearable devices remains limited, it will allow users to install tweaks, apply custom watch faces, and perform basic customization.
For instance, you could browse notifications on your Apple Watch and have them open on your iPhone with a single tap – a stock feature in Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable.
Other features like native Cydia support and on-device tweaking might also be in the pipeline.
As far as compatibility goes, brenbreak will offer support for the following watchOS firmware versions and model numbers –
- Series 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4
- watchOS 4.0-5.1.2
As of right now, almost all watchOS firmware are supported except for the all-new watchOS 6 as well as a few newer versions of watchOS 5 (v5.1.3 and above).
All things considered, achieving a unified codebase and interoperability between Series 0-3 that has 32-bit hardware architecture and Series 4 with a 64-bit hardware architecture will pose problems.
And even before that, I was convinced to change the whole paradigm of how brenbreak operated, I wanted to focus on a unified codebase and have complete interoperability between S0-S3 (32-bit/No KPP) and the S4 (64-bit/KPP/PAC). I believed this was a good idea,
— ethanpepro (@ethanpepro) June 9, 2019
Moreover, the presence of KPP (Kernal Patch Protection) and PAC security mechanism will further complicate things and could take up more time than anticipated due to increased complexity.
When will brenbreak be released?
Don’t get your hopes up just yet since as the development is yet to kick off. According to the developer, Apple Watch users will get a final public release sometime during Q4 of 2019.
Just stay on watchOS 5.1.2 or below and you will be all set.
If, however, you have an incompatible firmware version and an iPhone that doesn’t support the latest watchOS version, you can coerce Apple Store employees to downgrade it.
Of course, wearable devices, apart from having limited scope, have a relatively smaller user base.
Nevertheless, true enthusiasts will eagerly wait for a Cydia port on Apple Watch – a device that has so far remained impervious to jailbreaking attempts.