iOS 9.3 jailbreak status: what we know so far

By , May 6, 2016

ios 9.3 jailbreak status

It’s been several months since Apple killed off the iOS 9.0.x jailbreak, and since then the state of the jailbreak has been very unstable. True, a new version of the Pangu Tool came out in March, for iOS 9.1, but by then most folks had already updated to 9.2 or the 9.3 beta. So as you can imagine, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding the current status of the jailbreak. Here is what we know so far.

Past

For a little context, Apple released iOS 9 on September 16. The iOS 9 jailbreak landed on October 13, courtesy of the talented Pangu Team, and it was compatible with all versions of iOS 9 we had seen up until that point. Pangu’s jailbreak tool was broken by Apple on October 21, with the release of iOS 9.1, effectively making 9.0.2 the latest jailbreakable firmware at that time.

Present

iOS 9.2 was released to the public in December of last year, and Apple pushed out 9.2.1 in January. Then on March 11, nearly 5 months since Apple had killed the previous jailbreak, the Pangu Team launched an updated version of its JB tool for iOS 9.1. Unfortunately, as stated above, most folks weren’t on 9.1 at the time and were unable to take advantage of it. Once Apple stops signing firmware, it becomes unavailable, regardless of if you’re on an older or newer version.

It’s also worth noting that on March 23, the Pangu Team released a working jailbreak for the fourth generation Apple TV. However, it too only supports older firmware ( tvOS 9.0 and tvOS 9.0.1), and it thus far has added little value to the set-top box.

Future

Apple seeded iOS 9.3 in March, 9.3.2 is already deep into beta, and we’re expecting to see the first iOS 10 betas next month, and sadly we’ve seen no evidence that there will be a public jailbreak anytime soon. Back in February iOS hacker qwertyoruiop posted a video showing off an untethered jailbreak said to support all recent versions of iOS, but other than that things have been fairly quiet.

So what now? Well we’re still in a holding pattern. Given that the Pangu Team has been one of the more active groups recently, we’re looking to them, or others like TaiG, to come through for us. But we just don’t know when or if that will happen. It could literally happen 5 minutes after this post is published, 5 months from now, or never. These teams don’t have a history of providing status reports.

Should you update? That question is becoming a lot tougher to answer these days. There have been several iOS versions released since the last jailbreakable one, and the Pangu Team has shown it’s willing to release jailbreaks for older firmware. Thus, I guess the best advice would be to stay with your current setup if you are already jailbroken, or just update to the latest version of iOS and hope for the best.

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  • At this point, I’m just waiting for iOS 10. I just hope it won’t be a disappointment.

    • Javiers

      From all these iPhone rumors going on, I feel like iOS 10 will be disappointing along with the iPhone 7.

      • Luke

        Honestly I’m finna move to android

      • Bufonse

        For real apple petty af

      • Javiers

        Well honestly, as much as I hate not being able to fully customize my iPhone I will NOT go to android hahaa I don’t have anything bad against it, just personal preference and I like the OS on iPhone is smoother more straight forward than android.

      • The King

        Some people on here have said Android isn’t smooth, but the Edge has been butter for me, bro. With power saving mode on, the phone still runs smooth and no lag. And I have a ton of music and stuff downloaded of the phone and memory card.

      • Silithas

        Samsung sendt a wifi killer update to my note 3 and my GF’s edge, and today my GF is strugling to get more than 1 day of life from her edge. Today i got iphone 6 128GB, lasts max 5 days lol

      • patt

        5 days LOL that’s if you don’t use the phone.

      • The King

        I haven’t gotten any update and no phone last 5 days unless you don’t touch the phone for 5 days straight. Also samsung doesn’t push the updates, the carriers do.

      • Bill

        What’s a ‘finna’?

      • Shadowelite123

        It’s what people with bad grammar say.

      • Luke

        I came out to have a good time and honestly I’m feeling so attacked right now..

      • Bill

        It’s a black people thing, I think.

      • RS3N

        Same here. Just switched to an Asus G752VY. Time to switch my phone and tablet as well.

    • Luke

      Like iOS 8, and 9, iOS 10 will be a huge disappointment if they keep the same design and aesthetics. It’s getting boring.

    • Guy

      I agree, I feel Apple been waiting for iOS 10 to release the craziest features yet. iOS 10 will be the last iOS with numbers. It will be called iOS Yosemite

      • jaysoncopes

        Literally that’s not even the current version of OS X

      • Guy

        I know just throwing names out there

    • lookHOWMADheis

      YOU PLAYED YOURSELF IT WILL BE A DISAPPOINTMENT.

  • To me jailbreak is slowly, actually it’s rapidly dying. I don’t even missed it to be honest.

    • Diego

      I can’t stay without jailbreak 🙁

    • Javiers

      I feel you. But not that is “dying” just that since there is no current JB and there hasn’t been one in months, people have stopped caring and working on JBs that is has become a thing of the past. We learned to live without it, in other words.

      • Nguyễn Xuân Hiệp

        No, I am dying without JB :(( Fortunately still have a backup iPhone 5S with JB……Tried to use new iPhone 6s and SE but less than a week, I return JUST because native iOS so suck!

      • Javiers

        I have a 5S with 9.0.X and I miss it so much, I now have a 6S although is great I still miss the 5s. By the way what carrier do you have? I tired using my 5s but it did not let me, I have sprint?

      • GT

        At this point Apple has released several key features that past tweaks covered, like quick reply, swipe selection, flux, a better app switcher, and a control center that make jailbreaking not so appealing anymore, but I would honestly still jailbreak just to give my iPhone more personality. Anyway, as of today I’m upgrading to the latest software and I’ll wait for iOS 10 and a jailbreak.

    • Nguyễn Xuân Hiệp

      Well, don’t know what you’ve tweaked your JB but I can’t live without it. For that reason, I still stuck with my iphone 5S with full loaded of needed JB features. Bought iPhone SE for 3 days and so irritated with stock iOS functionalities and returned it and go back to my lovely JB iphone 5S. Can’t wait for the latest iOS to be jailbreakable.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Animations is slow, can’t download previous app versions when they mess up ahem developers, block ads on Spotify, or import music onto apple library, CCQuicKPro

      • Shadowelite123

        Your comment is so clustered with random information that it’s difficult to distinguish what you’re saying. Fix it and then come back please…

      • 9to5Slavery

        You want to know what I said ?

    • Antzboogie

      Your alone in that one #Jailbreaking is what makes me lget the most use of my iPhone #Facts

    • patt

      When I came from Android the only thing I missed so much was Viper FX. My 6S actually came in with 9.0.1 and I made mistake and updated it to 9.2.1 because I Never knew “Equalizer Everywhere” existed w/ JB. Now I regret it and have the TVOS profile installed and waiting for 9.2.1 JB.

  • Fanboy 

    Sad to say, but I don’t miss a JB. I got a replacement iPhone 6S about two days ago, and to my surprise it had iOS 9.0.2 installed! I got excited for a second, but realized all of a sudden I’d rather have the latest iOS over a jailbreak. I ended up updating my new iPhone. #RIPjailbreak

    • Get out of here. I mean, take your stuff, and get out of here right now!

      No no no, I’m kidding. I know the feeling. There is admittedly less and less reasons to jailbreak. Don’t get me wrong, I still love how much better the few tweaks I use make my workflow, but it’s definitely not as needed as it was in the past.

      • Fanboy 

        Haha, well to be honest the biggest reason left for me to jailbreak was being able to tweak certain apps (Phantom for Snapchat, Instagram tweaks, etc.) and I’ve been using Extensify now which they updated to support push notifications! So for me I don’t have anymore reason to jailbreak :/ sad to admit from a big JB fan!

      • Digitalfeind

        “Less and less reasons to jailbreak”?? You’ve gone mad!!!

      • 9to5Slavery

        Please clarify other than theming

      • Digitalfeind

        Clarify what?? Reasons to jailbreak?? I’ll just lost tweaks and apps from cydia instead.

        Applocker
        3G unrestrictor
        I caught u pro
        Ifile
        Flex
        App admin
        Mywi
        I cleaned pro

      • Bill

        I’ll tack onto that..

        Tethering
        Activator (I use it to keep the god damn screen on while plugged in)

        edit- guess you already had tethering lol

      • jaysoncopes

        Holy crap, what a petty lineup. Why the heck would you need to lock your apps? Just get a passcode, up to 6 or more digits now! Literally, who wants a picture of the seldom times people try to open their phone. I beg of you, how often do you ACTUALLY use iFile? And really, iCleanedPro? That’s a reason to jailbreak for you? Gosh, you must be on an 8GB iPod Touch.

        To me, your list (minus MAYBE tethering, though I don’t see many carriers without that default nowadays) just verified that jailbreaking has gone out the window compared to the stock iOS these days. There are so many better tweaks I’ve see on iDB that you could have listed, yet the best you could come up with were those.

      • Digitalfeind

        Why applocker?? I let my son play games and watch videos on my iPad. Same as using restrictions but better.

        Ifile?? I use it often to download and transfer files around.

        Icleanerpro?? You obviously no nothing of it if you think it is just for cleanings.

        Icaught you pro?? I’ve had someone take my iPhone before and used the picture to get it back.

        You can have stock iOS and I’ll keep my jailbreak.

    • Nguyễn Xuân Hiệp

      JB tweaks are so broad, depends on what you used for. Some friends of mine very abusive with many tweaks installed came out from Cydia, not only useless for your own purposes but makes phone runs much slower and hang up sometimes. So best to install what tweaks you need and benefit you, not everything on Cydia works well anyway. Again, like someone else said on one of the forum, iPhone without Jailbreak just like being alive without sex….Yeah, that much important to me 🙂

  • iShaun3.84

    iOS has gotten a lot better, no doubt, but I still love all the tweaking and feature adding that jailbreaking allows. I’m on the latest iOS and I’m hopeful that a jailbreak will come out soon.

    • Erik Aukerman

      I agree it has gotten better but lets face it Apple stole a lot of ideas the JB scene had before it was standard in iOS i.e. Flipshade.

      • jaysoncopes

        But that’s the point: jailbreak developers were making what they believed was missing in the iOS, and when Apple saw the functionality, they decided to adopt it (since really any of the jailbreak material is technically owned by Apple).

  • Ja1lBreak K1nG

    I guess that makes my Jailbroken iPhone more valuable and unique. Just remember that in 2013 Evasi0n released a Jailbreak in February and the next one was in December of the same year (10 months apart)

  • Gregg

    “iOS 9.3 jailbreak status: what we know so far” – I’ll tell you what we know: NOTHING. Shortest. Article. Ever.

    • Bill

      Headline is such a tease as I scrolled on down…the dirty bastards!

  • The King

    Sadly but not unfortunate, this is why I ended up getting a S7 Edge. I just lost my iPhone 6 Plus to the white tab flick glitch, and just got an iPhone 6S on iOS 9.0. The thing messed up, I had to update, and no way in hell was I waiting.

  • Thanh

    Has iDB make a post about the PPSideload apps. If you are considering extensify then this is a great option not to mention it is free.

  • noecuhh

    side loading snap ++ is making this wait a lot more manageable lol

  • Eli Montoya

    Pretty confident I’ll look for an android forum sometime this year I would think. I’ll be switching. Tbh Samsung phones look fun.

    • Micke på taket

      I have n Samsung edge 7 besides My iPhone 6s and the Samsung CAM and screen makes the iPhone feel like IT Was made in the 90,s . BUT .. A big big but..iOS and iPhone still got that snappy n Clean interface that cant be besten Atm.. Also iOS apps are so Much more refined…

    • Steve Harvey

      Look at ZTE phones. They are faster than Galaxies.

  • Cristian

    This isn’t even the longest there has been without a JB too. That’s what annoys me.

  • butterfield

    Believe it or not, because I have a jailbroken 5S, I’m still on 7.1.2…which is driving me crazy because a lot of apps have been updated and won’t run anymore on my phone. I can’t stand (to me) huge icons and am addicted to SHRINK but I’m starting to feel like the updated iPhone I have wanted is here (5SE…I need it small) and maybe I’ll just have to live with big icons. Unless anyone knows of a way to shrink icon size without a jailbreak hack?

  • Nick Dee

    I’m on 9.0.2 & have too many jailbreak apps to lose if I update. No problems with this IOS so far so I’ll just wait & see. Most important app to lose is AudioRecorder as I record all my business phone calls, both incoming & outgoing.

    • ready1take1

      You are not alone. We’ve been in these waters before. We’ll get there soon enough.

    • jaysoncopes

      You realize that recording phone conversations without alerting the other person is technically illegal, right? XD

      • Nick Dee

        Laws different in each state.

  • Bob

    I had my iPhone 4S jailbroken as far as I can remember, but than after all those years of being my loyal companion, I decided it was time for an upgrade and bought a 6S. Along with it came iOS 9.2.1 and to be honest… I didn’t miss the jailbreak. So I kept on installing the newer iOS versions (I’m on 9.3.2 beta 4 now) because I want all the new Apple stuff. Although it took Apple quite some time to improve iOS and steal the best jailbreak tweaks to include in their iOS, IMHO iOS has grown into an adult version by now and for me there is absolutely no ‘need’ to jailbreak ever again. What I miss the most is ‘Activator’ but I can live without out. The recent jailbreak tweaks are not inspiring enough anymore or too much of the same. So I’m happy for now with the situation, feel more secure and protected without a jailbreak and I guess if there will come a time again for me to start tweaking again, maybe I’ll swutch to Android, but… I like the ecosystem of Apple too much so I’ll doubt of that day will ever come.

  • Blip dude

    Still on iOS 9.2 on iPhone and 9.3 on iPad. Would I like a Jailbreak?? Yes, am I too annoyed that there isn’t one?? No. Really, I hate dealing with having to wait for developer to update their tweaks that can take up to month or just decide to abandon the tweak altogether. It’s this kind of stunts that promote piracy. And it sucks because honest and sincere developers who never given up and are on top of their game have to feel the burden of it.

  • With iOS 10 Apple will surely bring more new features that will make the jailbreak less useful. By the I’m wondering when Apple will bring user switch on iOS…

  • Ria1979

    So nothing new since all the previous ” Status Updates”

  • Tommy

    Article could be one word sadly–none.

  • Guy

    If a jailbreak comes once every major iOS release will it still matter? Just to be clear I’m talking iOS 10,11,12 not ( . ) dot releases. I definitely want to jailbreak but Apple Killing us here.

  • GDD2010

    I think mobile OSes in general need a whole new design. Stop with the iconification of everything. Active Persistent widgets and new, more intuitive UIs. We’re in the 21st century. Take some queues from sci-fi industry.

  • Hotrod

    Smh….

  • Honestly, at this point, I feel like iOS has advanced enough that it’s made jailbreaking much less of a necessity. I’ve been on stock iOS since 9.2’s release and I don’t mind it all. Sure, I miss One Handed Wizard and BioProtect. But I’ve been living quite happily without a jailbreak.

    I’ll use it if it shows up, but I’m not itching for it.

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      The only reason I am craving for a jailbreak is because my carrier name is too damn long to fit in the notification bar, makes it look untidy..

  • Erik Aukerman

    Im still on 9.2 hoping for a release soon for older firmware. I am willing to donate to the devs for JB development. I know some people say that all JB’s should be free but donations should be a way to encourage development. Im sure if they got a little money it would continue at a faster pace.

    IMO its apples fault the devs are so strict at releasing because apple will just patch it. I paid $700 for my phone I should be able to do what I want with it. I know the risk of JB and if I decided to take that risk its on me. Apple dictates what we can do with our phones. I have tried rooted android phones and I just think a JB iPhone is a lot better. Bottom line its my phone Apple let me do what I want with it!

  • k8l

    You know nothing Jon Snow.

  • Luvly Vibez

    Whats about the TaiG iOS 9.3 jailbreak ?

  • DeepFreeze

    I need this jailbreak to save my 4S. It can’t survive with iOS 9 and desperately needs a one-way trip to iOS 6. Can’t do that without OpenSSH.

  • Guy

    The jailbreak well is drying up.

  • Tango

    I’ve been jailbreaking since 3G (when iPhone had very few features to be excited about.) I jailbroke every idevice after that but slowly, through the years, I havent felt the need to spend a few hours “modding” my iPhone. Today, I’m on iPhone 6 and the only major tweak that i still use is Activator and the animation speed tweak. But Apple has given me enough bells & whistles to not need to jb…my 2 cents.

  • Lee

    Pretty much the same released piece as iPhoneHacks ! Nothing new.

  • Silithas

    I’m still on 9.2.1 waiting for a JB for my iphone 6 128GB, and luckily, my 64GB ipod touch 6g is jailbroken.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    My JB’n 6s+ is a fck’n beast yo! Fools!!!! Lolololol

  • sadaN

    Unfortunately I can’t have my iPhone without iGotYa, plus, VirtualHome is a must…

  • Douglas L. Warren

    I am still on 8.4 just to keep my jailbreak. I missed the window to upgrade after 9.0 was released. Can’t live without my jailbreak.