Full untethers are an extremely scarce commodity in the jailbreak community. However, they might make a comeback with Meridian jailbreak for iOS 10.
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Is a fully untethered jailbreak possible anymore?
According to Ben Sparkes, a full untether is possible on iOS 10 and above versions.
All modern devices capable of running iOS 10 are theoretically compatible with it.
For the uninitiated, Ben Sparkes is a talented new jailbreak developer. He is currently developing a Cydia build of Meridian jailbreak, which utilizes Comex’s Substitute.
Here’s what the young hacker posted on Twitter.
Sparkes is yet to disclose the exploit he intends to use for development. However, one thing is sure – he will use a Wifi exploit.
All signs point to Google Project Zero’s remote Wifi exploit by Gal Beniamini.
Only a select few devices are compatible due to Wifi constraints. Here’s the list of all devices that could be supported.
- iPhone 6/6 plus
- iPhone 6s/6s plus
- iPhone 7/7 plus
Older models such as iPhone 5s are incompatible because the Wifi connects via USB, not PCI Express.
Is an untethered jailbreak inbound?
It is really too early to say anything just yet. An untethered jailbreak may or may not drop sometime in the future.
Even if Sparkes releases such a tool, its utility will remain limited because a lot of users are now on iOS 11.
With that said, there’s a subset of users that likes the overall look and feel and, above all, its smooth. performance.
A fully untethered tool will definitely benefit those who have decided to stay on iOS 10.
Apart from that, this will be a boon for users with A7 models that exhibit poor performance on modern iOS versions.
As of now, he is on the lookout for a few test devices to kickstart jailbreak development.
If you want to expedite the development process, you can donate him an old device or send him a new one if you are feeling generous.
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