Is iOS Jailbreaking Dead?
You probably already know that the third developer beta for iOS 11 has just been rolled out on July 10. This is great news for those who are excited to get iOS 11, but it can be considered bad news for jailbreaking fans.
The reason? iOS 11 is already here, but we still don’t have any reliable jailbreaking tool for iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.1, iOS 10.3.2, and iOS 10.3.3. The sad part about this is that Apple no longer signs iOS 10.3 and 10.3.1. This means that anyone who has updated to iOS 10.3.2 and above can no longer downgrade to these older OS versions. It also means that they won’t be able to access any jailbreaking tool that would made for iOS 10.3 or 10.3.1.
And even that comes with a big “IF” and huge question mark, leaving people to ask: will there ever be a jailbreak for iOS 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2, and 10.3.3? Or is iOS jailbreaking dead for good?
Nobody really knows for sure, but it seems that the answer is “Yes”.
Shiny, Money-Making Bugs
One of the biggest reasons for this stems from the difficulty of finding bugs to exploit. As Apple’s mobile operating system grows older, it also becomes more secure and more difficult to hack. So, for security researchers, finding an iOS bug is equivalent to finding a gold motherlode — you don’t easily give it away to just anybody.
Security researchers have several options when it comes to their bugs. They can report it to Apple and receive a maximum of $200,000 as “bug bounty”. This might seem like a large amount of money to most of us but, as motherboard.vice.com points out, it’s actually incredibly cheap considering that some companies are willing to pay $1.5 million.
And even the prospect of becoming a millionaire isn’t attractive enough to many security researchers. This comes from the fact that they need to have unknown bugs to inspect iOS and do their research. By selling their bugs and allowing these to go public, they’re essentially giving up their entire research method to Apple and starting back at square one.
Nothing Left to Do
So what can ordinary iOS users do? Well, we can only wait — and hope that somebody will come up with an iOS 11 jailbreak real soon.