Just recently, an article was published on ZDNet called The end is nigh for iOS jailbreaking? Is it really? The author, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, raises some interesting arguments as to why jailbreaking has somewhat “dried up.” He asks whether users of iPhone and iPad users should give up the idea of being able to jailbreak their devices. Should we?
The current iOS version
Currently, the latest branch of the iOS operating system – which runs on Apple’s devices including iPhones and iPads – is 9.3. However, there have been two updates to that since, and one reportedly on the way. This means, that right now, users may have iOS 9.3.1 or 9.3.2 on their devices with 9.3.3 allegedly coming their way (it is reported to have undergone testing).
iOS 9.3 was released but users complained about a major flaw: opening links – be it in Safari or other apps – caused crashes. Now, this is not a good sign given that links were working in previous versions. Add the fact that most people use the internet to read articles and shop, then surely you get that there were a lot of upset customers.
How did Apple fix the problem?
They released iOS 9.3.1 of course. Given that there was nothing much in the release notes for this update, it’s safe to assume that it contained a fix for the link opening issue.
But what about iOS 9.3.2? This update is specific to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The original 9.3.2 was released on May 16 but there were complaints that the update was bricking some iPad Pro devices with an “error 56” message.
An iOS 9.3. jailbreak
iOS 9.1 was the latest jailbreak that was made public, and that was back in March. We are currently in the month of June, and as mentioned, the current iOS release is 9.3.2 and we still haven’t seen an actual jailbreak in sight. Now that 9.3.3 is coming, there are some questions whether a 9.3 jailbreak will ever be released.
So will it ever happen? That’s a question that remains to be seen. But know this, there are some in the jailbreaking community who don’t mind sharing what they have done without rewards. Then again, jailbreaking your phone always comes with a risk. So the best advice we can give is to know the risks and exercise caution if you really do want to jailbreak your device.