Renowned Italian hacker Luca Todesco, who is known in the hacking community as “qwertyoruiop”, has proved that the latest iOS firmware is jailbreakable.
On May 23, Todesco posted a picture on his Twitter account showing an iPod Touch that’s on iOS 9.3.3 and is running the Cydia app store. It’s common knowledge that only jailbroken iOS devices can run Cydia, which can’t be found on the iTunes app store but is well-loved by iOS users since it gives them access to non-Apple approved apps and allows them to customize their device. So, in essence, Todesco’s photo shows that a way to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 has already been found.
It’s important to note that the first beta of iOS 9.3.3 was released to developers on May 23. It would have been difficult to find a new exploit for the firmware in just a few hours, so it’s safe to assume that Todesco had used an old exploit that he had used in the past to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t automatically mean that we’ll see a jailbreak for the iOS 9.3.3 real soon. Todesco is not known for publicly releasing the jailbreaking tools he uses; he maintains that he creates them simply for private research purposes. What’s interesting, though, is this: when someone tweeted “ETA?” to Todesco, he replied, “May 30”. Another person clarified if he was releasing the jailbreak on May 30, Todesco simply replied, “Yes”.
Does this mean that Todesco is actually planning to release a jailbreaking tool for the iOS 9.3.3? Or is he helping jailbreaking teams in creating a tool for the latest iOS firmware? Or perhaps it just means that he has been communicating with Pangu and TaiG and he knows that they’re releasing the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreaking tool on May 30?
No one really knows the exact answer to these questions, and Todesco has been vague about giving additional information. Still, iOS users should look on the positive side: Todesco has proved that iOS 9.3.3 can be jailbroken, which means the hackers in Pangu, TaiG, and other teams can create a jailbreaking tool for this firmware.
Of course, there’s always the chance that jailbreaking teams will bypass iOS 9.3.2 and 9.3.3 because they’re waiting for iOS 10 to be released. If this is the case, iOS users don’t have to wait for long since the firmware is expected to be released on June during the Worldwide Developers Conference.