Hacking teams are expected to release a jailbreak tool for iOS 9.3.1 this April.
Tech experts had expected jailbreaking teams like Pangu and TaiG to release a tool when iOS 9.3 came out. But hackers took their time to do so, presumably to see if the new iOS version would have any bugs and if Apple would release a patch to fix these issues. A security patch has the potential to plug up the exploits that hackers use to create jailbreaking tools and render these tools useless, which is why many jailbreakers wait for security patches to be released before making their move.
And it seems that hacking teams made the right decision this time: just 10 days after iOS 9.3 was rolled out, Apple released iOS 9.3.1 to address bugs that were found in the older version. One of these bugs caused iPhones and iPads to hang, freeze, or crash when opening links in Safari, Mail, Notes, Messages, and other apps. Another caused Sprint subscribers to become unable to connect to LTE, and still another bug caused problems for those who owned older iOS devices and prevented them from completing the update.
With the new update in place, many people are expecting Pangu, TaiG, and other hacking teams to release a jailbreaking tool for iOS 9.3.1. Tech experts believe that this tool may be rolled out later this month.
Delays in the Jailbreaking Tool Release
Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the iOS 9.3.1 jailbreaking tool, there are those who believe that it may not be released. The latest iOS apparently comes with a bug of its own, which compromises the security of devices and makes it easier for anyone to bypass both PIN and fingerprint lock and access the contacts and photos in the device. Apple has announced that they have already patched up this security flaw, but this might force hackers to wait and see if a new iOS 9.3.1 bug would be discovered.
Another reason that may delay the release of an iOS 9.3.1 jailbreaking tool is the iOS 9.3.2 update. It has already been released to developers and public beta testers, which means that it might be released to all iOS users soon. It remains to be seen whether jailbreaking teams will wait for iOS 9.3.2 to be released or if they’d ignore it and push through with the iOS 9.3.1 jailbreaking tool.
Either way, it seems that iOS users have no other option but to wait. Apple announced on April 5 that it has stopped signing iOS 9.2.1, so those who have upgraded to iOS 9.3 or 9.3.1 can no longer downgrade to 9.2.1. There’s currently no jailbreaking tool for iOS 9.2.1 and it seems that there will never be one, so users will either have to make do with iOS 9.2.1 (if they haven’t upgraded yet) or wait for an iOS 9.3 or 9.3.1 jailbreaking tool to be released.
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