Hacker shows off untethered jailbreak for iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, & 9.3 beta

By , Feb 2, 2016

jailbreak for iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 beta shown off

We haven’t seen a public jailbreak release for iOS since the Pangu 9 jailbreak for iOS 9.0-9.0.2, and as a result of the slowness in the jailbreak scene, many are either stuck without a jailbreak or are living without the latest features and performance/security improvements Apple brings to the table in current iOS releases.

But for those that are still hoping for another jailbreak to appear soon, iOS hacker qwertyoruiop has demonstrated that it is possible to jailbreak untethered iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, and 9.3 beta.

The hacker shared the demonstration video of the untethered jailbreak via Twitter on an iPhone 6 running iOS 9.2. In the video, qwertyoruiop launches Cydia to verify his iOS version, launches Mobile Terminal to perform a command, and even plays with WinterBoard themes before respringing his device.

Although the untethered jailbreak is only demonstrated on iOS 9.2 in the video, the hacker claims it will also work on iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 beta. Unfortunately, the hacker also hints this jailbreak will remain private in the YouTube description where sarcasm involving the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, is used to say “which shall be kept private for the Leader’s enjoyment.”

The video was released for demonstration purposes to raise hope that a jailbreak is possible, but we’ll have to leave it to a larger jailbreak team to actually go through with releasing a public jailbreak tool. Because jailbreaking iOS 9.3 beta appears to be possible, it would make more sense for any jailbreak team to wait for the iOS 9.3 public release before releasing any new jailbreak tools.

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  • Linton Findlay

    Why showcase it if you’re not gonna release it -.- alll these teases. Maybe they’re hoping apple or Pangu buy the method?

    • pegger1

      For all you know Pangu already has a jailbreak. It would make no sense to advertise it though. Especially if it works on 9.3. The best bet would then be to wait for 9.3 to be released.

    • Digitalfeind

      He was working with Pangu before so it’s likely this method was in collaboration with Pangu.

    • Tom García

      Just for showing off his almighty jailbreaking powers

  • I’m so done waiting for a new jailbreak. These developers just care about publicity.

    • Shinonuke

      So…you’re done waiting? So what? You aren’t paying for a jailbreak software. Complaining about a free software? Typical ungrateful leech

      • No need to be mean. I’m just sick of these developers teasing new jailbreaks and not releasing them.

      • :D

        I agree

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        yes, but I think they’re not releasing right now for good reason. Why release a jailbreak right now if it works in 9.3 to only be patched before the big release

      • JMike

        Why release a jailbreak right now if it works in 9.(4) to only be patched before the big release. >> See what I did right there. We’d be saying that once 9.4 is released this year, and a developer teases it. My thing is, its going to be patched regardless…just release it on the latest version.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        Yes, but 9.3 is a month or so away(assuming its coming alongside the March event.) iOS 10 is 7 months away..

      • Shinonuke

        You’re right. I was having a bad day and I took it out on you. Sorry 🙁

      • It’s alright man.

      • ATLnigga

        This dude may not be paying for a jailbreak but there’s companies that are willing to pay millions for a jailbreak so i dont know why These losers post JB teaser videos just to show off. It’s not our fault they don’t have the ability to broker a deal with one of those companies and would rather be petty

      • Jared

        You’re the one being petty. These developers owe us nothing. If I was a developer, I would never release anything either. The majority of people in the jailbreak scene are whiney, entitled brats who are constantly complaining about developers not sharing their hard work for free.

      • ATLnigga

        I didn’t say they owed us anything but they know what they were getting into when entering the JB scene and they know if they asked for money people would pay it they’re just petty bltches that’s all

      • therealjjohnson

        Having a bad day? Sheesh…

      • Shinonuke

        Yes I was. And I apologized already. I have been forgiven 🙂

    • tariq

      I just went back to Android

    • Mark S

      Goodbye we don’t care if you go. See you. Don’t let the door….

    • mrgerbik

      Im pretty sure it takes more then just obtaining root access.. there are probably tons of bugs that need squashing before an exploit has been proven to be stable.
      For a one man team, it would probably be undoable in a decent amount of time

    • JJ Wood

      It’s sooo much easier once you move to the OPEN droid system. Always “jailbroken” and never need to rely on others to use the device you buy the way you want 🙂

  • Mike M. Powell

    Omg who the hell cares!!!!

    • Carl

      I cared a little bit

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Whatever happened to evasion?

    • Bradley Hines

      The team broke up because they got bored of “hacking iOS” because of how easy it was for them. They wanted a challenge and iOS wasn’t cutting it.

      • ATLnigga

        I don’t think they got bored though they were holding off on a jailbreak and kept teasing it for no reason and pangu came through and dropped it within a day and they got all pissed that pangu took their shine

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        That doesn’t make sense. IOS isn’t challenging enough? There’s got to be a better reason.. I think it’s all about money.

      • Bradley Hines

        They were a professional and very good group of hackers. iOS can be easy for groups of hackers that have been doing the same concept for years. I highly doubt they make money from a free jailbreak. Aside from that, I read an interview with one of the group members a year or so back and that’s where I heard of them being bored with iOS.

      • Digitalfeind

        They tried to move to Windows Phone but that fell through.

  • Ducky

    These “teases” are to prove it can be done, it motivates other developers to find the exploit and make a tool for the public to use. Just because he has successfully jailbroken, doesn’t mean he should give it to the public

    • You’re right. Up until this video the hackers just sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Now they have a purpose in life.

  • Satyam Panchal

    He is fool keep it private with pangu.. Or Apple will find n patch it … Maybe he is showing off so Apple give him money n he give them patch

  • Yet there’s no 9.1 jailbreak. Stupid.

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      That’s the point

  • Eyal Rotem

    not all exploits are the same, some are safe and some aren’t, this developer found a bug in which with it he jailbroke his device, but that bug isn’t the one you want to set loose because it can hurt all the users out there. so he is not releasing it because of that.

    he explained more thoroughly and in a detailed fashion on reddit.

    tl;dr – it’s possible to jailbreak, but the exploits used aren’t safe to be published.

  • Cristian B

    This is how I see it: You could say “oh it’s just to show that a jailbreak is possible” and that “it’s his right to not release it”. First off, we all know already that every iOS firmware is possible to hack. Anything can be hacked. There will never be a iOS firmware that isn’t jailbreakable. While it is his right to not release the jailbreak, constantly teasing us with something we already know is possible tells me something about this guy. He simply wants it for the attention. There is absolutely NO BENEFIT by showing us that he jailbreaked successfully. Seriously, no knock against this guy. Good for him that he was able to jailbreak, but at the end of the day, what’s the point of all this? Just my two cents, sorry for the rant.

    • :D

      Maybe he teases the exploit
      Apple contacts him to buy then patch it
      And he ends up making a shed load of money
      But then again, why not just contact Apple directly?
      Who knows why these people do what they do…
      I would just share/sell it to the public

      • Chris

        Apple don’t pay you for finding exploits, Google does.

      • :D

        Hmm, yh that actually makes more sense

  • Skoven

    I sure hope that 9.3 comes out soon, an a jailbreak right after.
    Sucks to have my jailbroken 9.0.2 iPhone replaced by a iPhone running 9.1 :/ Thank you Apple tech :@

    • iPhoneWINS

      no cause then apple will release IOS 9.3.1

  • hush

    Let’s wait until iOS 13.6.1 is out.

  • iPhoneWINS

    ii will stay on 9.0.2 as long as ii have too too keep my damn jailbreak.. i refuse too use an iPhone with no jailbreak..

    • Jayy

      Same here! I have no reason to leave 9.0.2!

  • pnh

    Never trust a jailbreak hacker whose screen is shattered.

    • smtp25

      scarcasm? if not, you’d use your crappiest device incase your brick or break it somehow

  • Scott Curry

    Those of you saying ‘why brag if not releasing?’…There’s A LOT of sense behind doing so. Just think of it this way: A. If it works on 9.3, there’s no way you want it released before then because Apple could still patch it and B. Maybe he’s not a ‘jailbreaker’ per say, but wants to show Pangu and the like that it can, in fact, BE jailbroken. This can breed new jailbreaks if someone had become discouraged and felt they couldn’t figure it out.

  • DopamineAddicted

    He was frustrated and smashed the phone when he didn’t achieve the jailbreak. Lol Great job, Pangu will release the 9.3 (keeping hopefull)

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Tired of these hackers showing off and not releasing. It’s no big deal, we know it’s possible, it’s ALWAYS possible… You can show us and we can give you a pat on the back but at the end of the day it hasn’t really contributed anything to the jailbreak community.

  • Alexander Figueroa

    I still happy with jailbreak 9.02 on my iPhone 6 Plus

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Another hacker having a jailbreak working, but wont release it. Yawn…

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    Am I the only one the cracked screen bothers? lol

    • smtp25

      wouldn’t be his daily phone, most likely just one of the ‘dev’ times he keeps around??

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        yeah, but working for a cell phone store, it bothers my OCD lol

  • Croak

    This is the only community, that does this sort of thing. Seriously, doctors don’t find a cure for something and make a video showing it off, and then not releasing it. I’m just glad that their are minds out there, figuring this all out for the rest of us mush brains.

    • smtp25

      Doctors find a cure, then monetize it, sit back make billions. Jail break devs are expected to release it free, it be perfect with no issues, and do it right now!! yeah seems like fair analogy

      • Croak

        In no way is a doctor compared to a phone dev. It was from the hip, slappy. Got a better analogy, send it.

  • Chris

    Good to see the usual amount of complaints about it not been released for public use, the most common explanation for this is because it uses a method which isn’t safe and requires multiple steps to be input manually.

    You can easily come to this conclusion simply by reading his tweet and watching previous 9.2+ jailbreak videos. Is it possible? Yes. Is it ready for the public, no.

    Complaining about something that could be won’t make it appear any time soon, if you want it so bad try exploiting iOS yourself – it’s not simple nor straight forward.

    • Croak

      You obviously didn’t even read what my comment was. Nice conclusion jump. It wasn’t a “complain” about it not being released. I pointed out the “look what I can do” that we’ve seen before with previous devs. I’m glad you know everything.

  • G.Dash

    i guess u can say hes really jail BROKEN

  • nonchalont

    Jailbreak over stock iOS any day. Take your time hackers. Still happy with my latest JB.

    • smtp25

      I’d hate to loose iTransmission or Filzila or Controllers4All or videopane.. so yeah I’ll stay on what I’ve got until the next one, no rush.

  • Shingo

    better wait for 9.3

  • Jannomag

    Need a warranty replacement for my 6s…so so I need a jailbreak. Hope JB for 9.2/9.3 releases soon so I can get my replacement.

  • justplanemad

    Its all very well jailbreaking a new version of IOS…. but surely it must be boring & useless if none of the Cydia Tweaks are compatible.

    I would at least like the whole community able to jailbreak, especially cydia developers, so that there are actually mods & tweaks I can use! Otherwise jailbreaking is almost pointless

    • XZavier

      The fact that he can jailbreak it in the first place makes me think he could probably just make his own tweaks if he wants to, but besides that he showed a couple of tweaks that were working…

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    i stayed on 7.1.2 forever. installed ios 8 (with a clean format) and was horribly slow. had no choice to go to 9.1.2 and have to say really loving the upgrade(switching between apps, sharesheet, camera upgrades). the iphone is swift as a hawk. I miss swipe selection so much, waiting for the jailbreak

    • XZavier

      Do you mean 9.2.1? Because 9.1.2 is jailbroken.

  • Gimme Some Air

    Jailbreak ASAP

  • FentonCrackshell

    iPhone 6s Plus posted to eBay as we speak. Thanks to all the jailbreak devs for their hard work. It’s not them I’m upset with it’s Apple. Android isn’t my favorite ish but at least I’m allowed to used the device the way I want to use it. Having to fight with the device to get simple tweaks such as custom layouts or multi-app screens is too much. I’ve been loyal to iPhone for years but I’ll give the competition another try.

  • Val Molina

    Is apple still signing the latest version that is jailbreakable? 9.0.3? I’m still on 8.4 and need to update.