There is no other hardware manufacturer that is so polarizing as Apple. Customers either love their products or they hate them, with only a little room in between. Despite this, there are still, at least, two things that most people agree on: the hardware quality of Apple products is second to none and their hardware is severely limited thanks to the strict set of restrictions they impose.
The latter is the main reason why users consider jailbreaking their iPhones and iPads. The risk of messing something up is worth the added ability to install useful unofficial apps via the Cydia marketplace.
However, Apple likes to keep everything under their control, which results in a never-ending race between hackers and the Cupertino-based company.
A Few Words of Warning
As it’s the case with any unofficial modifications, when you decide to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone, you are completely on your own. Apple’s position regarding jailbreak is clear: Unauthorized modification of iOS can cause security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, and other issues.
While the reality isn’t nearly as bleak as Apple paints it, you have to keep in mind that jailbreaking could grant admin privileges not only to you, but also to malicious hackers. That’s why it’s best to stick to trusted software sources, such as Cydia, and avoid installation of pirated software.
At this time, the only version of iOS that you can jailbreak is iOS 9, 9.0.2, and 9.0.1. This is possible thanks to the work of Pangu team who released the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9. This untethered jailbreak is available for Mac or Windows PC and is compatible with iPhone 6s to iPhone 4s.
iOS 9 Cydia features a comprehensive tutorial that you can follow to jailbreak your own device.
Unfortunately, Apple has patched the vulnerability that made this method possible, when they released iOS 9.1.
iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 beta jailbreak
The famous Italian hacker Luca Todesco “qwertyoruiop” managed to jailbreak iOS 9.2.1 and demonstrate successful installation of Cydia on his iPhone 6. He did the same thing when Apple released iOS 9.3 beta version on January 11, 2016. The published video demonstrates his success by showing Cydia and running Mobile Terminal to proof the legitimacy of the hack.
To a big disappointment of Luca’s followers, the hacker has announced that he doesn’t plan on publicly releasing his jailbreak method. As it is, there’s no way how users can currently jailbreak iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3.
Given that iOS 9.3 is expected to be released in March, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever see an iOS 9.2.1 jailbreak. Jailbreak teams, such as Pangu or Taig, are probably going to focus their efforts on the latest version, and will want to release a functional jailbreak method very soon after Apple makes iOS 9.3 publicly available.