iOS 9.3 Release Could Mean Jailbreak Tool Will Be Delayed

In a somewhat surprise move, iOS 9.3 was released by Apple into beta testing yesterday and this could spell trouble for those waiting for a jailbreak tool. I say surprise as the new version’s predecessor, iOS 9.2.1 is still in beta testing too, which means that two versions of iOS are now in beta, waiting to replace iOS 9.2. For your average Apple iOS device user, this isn’t a problem, even if they’re released within a week of each other.

However, for those wanting to take advantage of a possible release that was slated for iOS 9.2.1 (we actually know iOS 9.2.1 has already been jailbroken, but no public tool exists) in the coming weeks, the release of iOS 9.3 into beta testing massively complicates the issue. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it now means that a major update of iOS is now in the wild and jailbreaking teams will likely want to release a tool for it, rather than the intermediate iOS 9.2.1, which went to beta on 17th December, especially as iOS 9.3 includes some nifty new features such as Night Shift and updates to 3D Touch.

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This is due to the fact that iOS 9.3 includes some nifty new features such as Night Shift and updates to 3D Touch. The latter will only be of use to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but Night Shift as well as some of the other new features and tweaks in iOS 9.3 will definitely be useful to jailbreakers with older devices.

As well as having a jailbreak for the latest version of iOS, there’s one other reason that jailbreaking teams may hold off on releasing a tool and skipping iOS 9.2.1 altogether. The likelihood is that as soon as the tool is released, Apple will patch the exploits it uses. If the teams release an update for iOS 9.2.1, it could introduce a patch into iOS 9.3 and bring forward its release to essentially kill the jailbreak for a lot of people.

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There are ways around this of course, as Apple may keep signing new installs of iOS 9.2.1 allowing some users on older versions to upgrade and jailbreak, avoiding the locked-down iOS 9.3, but the fact the latter has already gone into beta means that if a tool is released for iOS 9.2.1, there may be a very limited windows to go through the usual method of jailbreaking. This could also apply to downgrading from iOS 9.3 to iOS 9.2.1 if necessary, as people did from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2 with the Pangu jailbreak last year.

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