If you read our February update on the iOS 9.2.1, 9.2 and 9.1 jailbreak status, you know that there hasn’t been any development yet. So is there still a chance it’s going to happen? According to the buzz around town, it’s not likely to happen anymore. Some of the reasons cited are the expected arrival of iOS 9.3 and the difficulty of jailbreaking any iOS version above 9.0.2. This is not surprising as Apple has been making it harder for jailbreak groups to succeed with each successive iOS release update.
For those of you who aren’t too familiar with what jailbreaking is, it is the process of removing Apple’s software restrictions on iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and second-generation Apple TV. It permits root access to the iOS file system and manager, and as a result, you can download applications, themes, and extensions that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store. Apple has responded by patching up vulnerabilities in newly released iOS updates. And this continues to be the cycle now.
Currently, jailbreak groups have not had any success with iOS versions 9.1, 9.2, and 9.2.1 as of the moment. Apple users have not stopped asking for a jailbreak tool and continue to wait for updates on any progress. There has been news that iOS 9.2.1 was jailbroken earlier this year by Luca Todesco, and he provided a screenshot on Twitter of Cydia running on iOS 9.2.1. However, he said he would not release the jailbreak to the public. He also admitted that it was really difficult to break iOS 9.2.1 compared to previous software releases. This could be the reason why jailbreak groups like Pangu and TaiG have yet to release their jailbreak versions for 9.2.1.
So there is currently no public jailbreak solution for iOS 9.1 to 9.2.1. This is why jailbreak experts recommend avoiding upgrades to those versions if you want to continue to enjoy no restrictions on your Apple device. A few days ago, it was advised to downgrade to iOS 9.0.2 so Apple users can still take advantage of the perks of jailbreaking that software version. However, that is not possible any more as Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.0.2 firmware.
It seems the focus now is shifting towards iOS 9.3 and the hope that jailbreakers can break it. A lot of people are feeling optimistic about it, especially since there have been reports and videos popping up revealing a jailbreak for iOS 9.3 beta. But don’t get too excited now as the actual method of jailbreaking has not been released publicly yet. There has been news that the jailbreak tool will be released when the Apple iOS 9.3 is out, so keep your fingers crossed.
Rumor has it that the release of iOS 9.3 is going to happen a few day before March 21, when Apple is expected to release the iPhone 6C or 5SE, iPad Air 3, Apple watch accessories, and maybe even a new MacBook Air series.