When the time comes, will you keep your jailbreak, or update to iOS 10?

By , Aug 1, 2016

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Pangu released the first jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 last week, following a huge lull in the jailbreak community that left many with lost hope and the decision to just rock a stock device from here on out.

Nevertheless, those who love jailbreaking have already jailbroken their devices again, despite a lot of issues that were reported about the new jailbreak.

So now that a week has passed, what will you do – keep it, or update?

Choosing to jailbreak or update iOS

One thing that’s clear right now is that you can’t have your cake and eat it too; at least, not in the near future.

Right now, iOS 9.3.3 is the latest jailbreakable firmware, and it’s also the latest public firmware, but this Fall, iOS 10 will be released to the public and it will create a huge debacle for Apple users of choosing between the beloved jailbreak or installing Apple’s latest and greatest mobile firmware for iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.

Although Pangu has demonstrated a jailbreak working on iOS 10, it’s unknown when or if this jailbreak will see the public light, and we also know that as soon as Apple closes the signing window for iOS 9.3.3, there will be no going back, and no way to jailbreak again once you update.

When this happens, iOS 10 will be the latest iOS firmware, and it won’t be jailbreakable until a public jailbreak is officially released.

So this is where the tide changes.

What will you do?

Despite the fact that this current jailbreak is a semi-untethered jailbreak and requires you to run an app every time you reboot in order to regain access to Cydia and all your jailbreak extensions and tweaks, it still works like any other jailbreak would.

So is it worth it to you to keep it over iOS 10? Or does iOS 10 just look too alluring to avoid? We want to know what you think, so let us know in the poll widget below so we can keep a running tally:

Wrapping up

I personally have multiple devices, half of which are going to stay jailbroken on iOS 9.3.3, and the other half will be upgraded to iOS 10. I will even have one device staying on an untethered jailbreak from iOS 9.0.2, so I’m going to be all over the place.

As most people have one, or maybe two devices, it’s a lot more critical that they make the right choice. With macOS Sierra also launching this Fall, it’ll be hard for those wanting iOS 10 to resist some of the features that allow the two OSes to mesh together so seamlessly.

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Let us know your reasoning for keeping your jailbreak or upgrading to iOS 10 this Fall in the comments below!

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  • Luke

    I want untethered iOS 10 :'(

    • mahe

      Every iOS is untethered πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

  • Luke

    Since there probably will be an iOS 10 jailbreak soon after release, I will keep my jailbreak, wait for the iOS 10 jailbreak to be stable and update and jailbreak.

    • cdlenfert

      This: Learned my lesson jumping on 9.0.2. Not terrible, but every other OS I’ve been jailbroken on was better.

  • FreakyGeek

    My iPhone 6 is still on 9.0.2 JB. I definitely won’t be updating until an untethered is released. A lot of iOS 10 features will no doubt be released on cydia for older iOS users by the many talented devs anyway

  • Tim

    Already on iOS 10.

    • Chris

      I’m torn between jailbreaking (I’m on 9.3.3) or trying iOS 10. I heard that Maps has a lot of issues though, is it true? I use that a lot so that’s basically the only thing keeping me from iOS 10 right now.

      • Tim

        Use maps daily on my Carplay radio. Haven’t had much issues with it besides the random disappearing of the keyboard on the radio sometimes.

    • besrate hogsa

      I am on IOS 10 developers beta 3 on all my apple devices
      I don’t even feel like jailbreaking is necessary anymore

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        How do you propose I do this then?

      • besrate hogsa

        meh! I grew out of that long time
        If i jailbreak, it wouldn’t be for the themes
        only for smart tweaks
        But i am happy with ios 10

      • Ich2222

        Yes. If you have a developer account you can sign all those Apps that normally require a Jailbreak (Emulators) yourself and put them directly on the iPhone.
        I still have a free dev account, but i can only sign apps for one week. I will buy me a dev account pretty soon…

      • Sergey Filatov

        Every single iOS release someone says that “jailbreaking is not necessary anymore”, but every single jailbreak release I install all the same tweaks, that I’ve installed for years: Activator, flux, Browser Changer, nitrous. Why, if “jailbreaking is not necessary”?

  • Santana

    I will stay if the jailbreak come out for ios10 the i update if not i can live with out it. Im sure DEV will make a tweak that replicate any thing apple make

  • NolesFan

    IMO the latest 9.3.x jailbreak is not very stable and being a “semi-untethered” I don’t really care for it. Hopefully iOS10 will bring a fully untethered version. If I were on iOS 9.0.2 I’d be singing a different song for sure =)

  • MinaTTi

    Why would someone jailbrake an iPhone? It’s a very stupid thing to do. And this is the only way you can get viruses on your phone.
    Pangu, Cydia… forget all about it and trust only Apple!

    • Chris

      You seem to be very misinformed about how viruses relate to jailbreak users. Yes, while a jailbreak removes the sandbox that prevents access to the root file system; you would only be at risk by downloading tweaks/apps from shady repos or using IPA’s that are signed by Apple through the App Store.

      In 5 years of jailbreaking my iPhone’s, I’ve never had anything stolen because of a jailbreak. Heck, my email has been stolen more times by companies been hacked than the zero I have via a jailbreak.

      FYI, a little research never hurts but instead you have made a claim many have without proving to the contrary.

      • Tommy

        Do you work for idb? I see you comment a lot

      • Chris

        Nope, just an avid reader. iDB is how I got into jailbreaking.

      • Leslie B

        I wonder if it’s because of this election. Lately there seem to be a lot of people talking out of their rear ends.

  • Chris

    That’s a harder question than the last, why? iOS 10 offers some very tempting changes that make it something that I might be willing to upgrade and loose a jailbreak for as I did when I bought a new iPhone with iOS 9 and gave up my 8.4 jailbreak.

  • John

    Updating to iOS 10. I don’t like the fact that I have to rejailbreak every 7 days.

    • cdlenfert

      Follow the guide to get the 1 year certificate on IDB. I wouldn’t like the 7 day limit either.

    • Leslie B

      Do you reboot every week? That’s the only time you’ll need to rejailbreak. You can respring all you like, btw.

  • I’m updating to iOS 10 the first day it comes out. I don’t want to mess with a semi untethered jailbreak.

  • Jibbley Gravey

    I went with iOS 10. Defeats the purpose of jailbreaking unless you’re a child who loves to theme their phones xD

    • mickey

      I didn’t know ios10 replaced tage, swipeselection, quick activator, slices, swipeexpander, snapper, activator. There’s about another dozen I could live without. But I’d never choose to if given the choice.

  • I love jailbreak but I hate this semi-untether thing that the new one has. I’m on iOS 10 right now after trying 9.3.3 JB. If there’s ever another untether then I’d JB.

  • Wesh

    Chose “not sure”, cause i’m still on 9.0.2.
    I prefer fully untethered, and don’t want to be messing around with certificates. So it’s a ‘legit’ jailbreak or no jailbreak for me (or an outdated iOS). But for security reasons one can’t go on to long with an old iOS, so if jailbreaking stays poor like today, i might have to go for a stock iOS10.

  • andiebrust

    Never change a running (apple jailbroken) system. On 9.1 and happy.
    Waiting for a unthetered (spyware-free πŸ™‚ ) jb for 10 once itΒ΄s available.
    Until then sailing with Green Day:
    “Wake Me Up When September Ends”

    • cdlenfert

      You sir are one of the lucky or wise ones. 9.1 untether is where I’d like to be.

      • andiebrust

        Thx. Yup, can and will wait this out πŸ™‚

  • Matt

    My golden rule is don’t update until a jailbreak is available

  • Guy

    I don’t know if I want jailbreak anymore. The up keep is tired some for me. Still iOS (my opinion) is lacking with out it.

  • 919263

    I have been JB’ing since the iPhone 3GS, no issues, have had a JB’ed device(s)all the time. Never gone outside Cydia to get a tweak/ or used Hacked tweaks… Hacked Hacks… LOL 2 negatives does not make a positive…. Coming to the topic, Yes I would JB my iPnone if there is a JB till I can get the following tweaks Natively in iOS
    No Animation: I like speed, dont care for animations, yes a little as looks nice, but I have to be able to control them just like the tweak “NoSlowAnimations”

    Lock Screen Calendar: Every time I have JBroken, the first tweak is Calendar for Lock Screen. The reason is that it puts the agenda right on the lock screen, and you dont have to even unlock the phone. There is No clutter… NO scrolling, just plain simple Agenda on the Lock screen. Love it

    Anchor : I need to be able to place the icons where ever I want. Not be forced to go with the way Apple forces you to do it….

    Widgets: I use the HTC Forcast widget on my Home screen, it gives me the weather for the whole week and the present temp. I know it seems antiquated, but it is so handy…, right there on the home screen, I can plan my whole week according to the weather.

    So if Applee decides to enable these tweaks natively, then I will not have any need to JB anymore… BUT till then… I’m JAILBREAKING the iPhone if I can…

    • Leslie B

      Oh, I never heard of Anchor before. Thanks! I’ll be buying that as soon as Cydia allows. Thanks again!!!

  • Rondog

    IF that’s IF, we can get an un-tethered jailbreak without a certificate that can be revoked, I will most definitely keep my jailbreak, I have my idevices looking way better than what I’ve seen from ios10. I have been jailbreaking since ios6, so I don’t care for ios10. Besides Apple tweaks what THEY want and NOT what we want.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Update to ios 10 and jailbreak it~

  • sant

    *iOS 10*, more of the same
    *jailbreak* always something new coming

    jailbreak YES!!!
    update NO

  • Shaun Conway

    Slightly flawed survey, should be option for “keep my 9.0.2 JB” I have no interest in the 9.3 JB, mine works great on 9.0.2 and will keep that till there is an iOS 10 JB

    • Nirvana

      iDB’s concerned about the latest jailbreak, hence the title. ofc 9.0.2 untethered jailbreak is still the cream of the crop, regardless of the fw being not so complete as 9.3.3 πŸ™‚

  • Deluxe4arms

    I’m getting an android phone

  • Mike M. Powell

    Update. Really don’t regret giving up jailbreak for iOS 10 beta IMO, loving the stability .-.

  • Scott

    I will update to iOS 10. Don’t see much of a point of the JB anymore. Most of what I wanted is already in iOS.

  • Guava Angel Rosas

    Having a 6s..iOS 10 is simply amazing..I’m sorry guys but I’m going to have to go to sweet sweet stock when the time comes

  • Mallowigi

    I’d be okay without jailbreak but apart from tweaks and themes, the sole reason I jailbreak is the same reason I’m upgrading to Windows 10 and MacOS Sierra altogether: to discover new features all the time. And it is not possible if no jailbreak.

    Apart from some vital tweaks such as Activator or Flipswitch, all the tweaks I use are little improvement to my daily life and eye candy. I can get rid of it easily but I’d be really bored without the ability to customize my device every X weeks.

    This is the reason why I jumped from the stable ios 8.1 jailbroken to the buggy and unstable ios 9.3.3 – I’ve been using 8.1 for too long and missing really interesting apps and tweaks. Perhaps a lot of my tweaks are not working anymore, but at least I can make use of Apple’s latest improvements.

    So yeah, no iOS 10 not jailbroken. Besides it’s not that interesting compared to a jailbroken device (even 9.3.3)

  • georgethecat

    I’m still on 9.0.2 on my 5s. I think it’s a better jailbreak..much troubles with the new one. Lucky those who come to 9.1…

  • Ich2222

    I am on iOS 10 Beta. I was there before the jailbreak came out. Then i downgraded and jailbroke it.
    I missed so many features from iOS 10 that i updated 4 hours later…
    It is a bit of a problem if all your friends are on iOS 10 and send you Digital Touch messages or Handwritten Messages, and you can’t see them properly.

    Until you bring out Bedtime, Digital Touch and that Auto-language-choosing Keyboard for 9.3.3, i will stick to iOS 10.

  • With the new jailbreak that lasts for 1 year, for sure! I’ll stay jailbroken! hahha no more mistake of upgrading πŸ˜€

  • BrewmeisterSmith

    im still on 8.1.1 and its flawless, the only issue is there are some apps from the appstore that i cant get. big deal.