Pangu: untethered jailbreak is not coming for iOS 9.3.3

By , Aug 1, 2016

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The Pangu jailbreak team is the one responsible for having released the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, and there has been a lot of confusion about the jailbreak that has led the team to ultimately make an official Reddit account to help keep the community in the loop.

The team recently cleared up the question on whether or not 32-bit devices would ever be supported by the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, and now they appear to have confirmed that an untethered jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 isn’t going to happen.

iOS 9.3.3 will stay semi-untethered

We’ve been seeing comment after comment in the various postings we do here on iDB on the new jailbreak about how people want to wait to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 until an untethered jailbreak for the firmware is released instead of using this rather odd semi-untethered jailbreak that utilizes certificates. The semi-untethered boot process isn’t hard, but it can be inconvenient.

Without a doubt, people seem to agree that the hassle of side-loading the jailbreak app is too much of a pain to have to do every time the certificate expires. Unfortunately for those waiting on an untethered jailbreak, Pangu has confirmed on Reddit that one for iOS 9.3.3 is not being worked on, so you might not want to hold your breath:

Pangu Denies Untethered iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak

The news doesn’t come as very surprising, as we’ve suspected since the release of this strange type of jailbreak that perhaps Pangu is saving something bigger and better for iOS 10 when it’s released to the public this Fall.

It’s completely possible that we’ll see an untethered jailbreak for iOS 10 from Pangu and that they’ve used exploits in this jailbreak that may have been closed in iOS 10, which could be why they decided to go ahead and use them so close to the iOS 10 release. This is, of course, nothing more than speculation, so take it with a grain of salt.

To jailbreak or not to jailbreak

With the latest intelligence we’ve acquired, we know that that there are three kinds of certificates that you can use with the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3. By far the most stable method is side-loading the app to your device with your own $99/year developer account and not having to worry about side-loading again for a whole year.

Of course, there remain two other certificate types: a free one that lasts 7 days, and the enterprise developer certificate from 25PP that can supposedly last a year.

The first one is just a pain to deal with because you have to side-load the jailbreak app with Cydia Impactor every week. The second one shows more promise, but because Apple revoked the Beijing enterprise developer certificate shortly after its release with the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, there’s no telling whether or not the jailbreak will stop functioning before the supposed “year” is over.

It seems as though you are going to be stuck with a semi-untethered jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 no matter which direction you take, but it all comes down to how convenient you want your certificate to be, as this will help ease the convenience factor of the jailbreak for you.

There is a difference between renewing the certificate with Cydia Impactor and booting semi-untethered. Both are processes that this jailbreak requires and both have their own separate steps to be performed.

At no point during this jailbreak should you have to ‘re-jailbreak’ your device over and over again, unless of course something goes catastrophically wrong and you have to restore your device, but you will have to re-side-load the app every so often and you will also need to run the Home screen-based jailbreak app every time you reboot to re-enable Cydia and all your jailbreak tweaks.

Wrapping up

Since we will not be seeing an untethered jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3, many people who have been waiting on one are probably going to be disappointed. Nevertheless, a jailbreak is a jailbreak and the community has been asking for one for the latest versions of iOS 9 for a long time, so it’s not all bad; at least we have something.

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  • Well I’ll just wait for iOS 10 then.

  • are pangu really the only ones trying ANYTHING nowadays in the community??

    • William Melendez

      Looks like it …

  • William Melendez

    Alright then ….fair enough,makes sense. I’ll stay with iOS 10. Beta 4 here I come!

    • besrate hogsa

      go for it man
      you will like it
      just the messaging app by itself is worth the update

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Jailbreaking is kind of useless now a days. Too much of a pain and the way iOS is developing just makes it even more of a pain. But I understand there are individuals who thrive on customization… each his own.

    • besrate hogsa

      well said

    • lol you say it useless “now a days” but ends with “to each his own”

      like “i think you wrong but its none of my business”

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I believe you have misinterpreted my statement. No pasa nada tío!

      • besrate hogsa

        So getting even is more important to you than presenting your argument, why you don’t think it is useless

      • cus i wont argue on something that is clearly a matter of opinion, the fact that the 5 or 10 tweaks you use were incorporated by iOS over time doesn’t cancel the ~utility~ of my 30 others

      • Tommy Gumbs

        It is more of, the random resprings, or the fact that sometimes you are stuck on an older iOS…..or or or. There are pros and cons. But l, again, too each his own.

      • yeah, there are cons indeed

    • Mark S

      Useless and a pain to you perhaps. It’s as useful as it has been since the 1.x days for me. Guess you’ve never bothered to explore any of the programs that are out there. There is so much that can be added to the iphone that apple just doesn’t get. Not to mention all the things they’ve taken from the jailbreak community and then used as features to sell new iphones.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        My original statement reads, “I understand that there are those individuals that thrive on customization.” That would be you who fits into that category. Kudos

      • sg1969

        it’s not just customisation though, there are still many, many important features that are missing in iOS. For example, the ability to create folders within folders alone is enough of a reason for me to jailbreak (i assume by customisation you meant things like themes, etc. If you meant also tweaks to the actual OS, then my reply was useless 😛 )

  • besrate hogsa

    I didn’t think so
    I said no to semi-tethered
    Anyway Apple just released IOS 10 developers beta 4
    It is more exciting than the Pangu convoluted jailbreak


    everyone should feel like a jerk for blaming Pangu for the information breach

    • 5723alex .

      Why, aren’t they responsible ?

      • R3VVEDUP

        your face is responsible

      • Jayy

        There are reports of people’s PayPal accounts being hacked on stock iOS 9.3.3 before the Pangu JB tool was even released.

      • 5723alex .

        These hacks occurred due to TeamViewer hack.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Crap. Teamviewer?? I should change my pw at once. Where Am i to get this kind of info??

      • Jayy

        But I just told you there are actual reports of this occurring before people even knew Pangu was releasing a jailbreak tool.

      • 5723alex .

        And I can tell you about Android users with hacked
        PayPal accounts even before the Pangu iOS JB /s

        There is no chance for Chinese team jailbreaking iOS without the approval of the Chinese authorities

    • racerhomie2

      The chinese should be taken with a grain of salt

  • nyangejr

    I admit I’ve been defeated

    • nyangejr

      So can I use the iOS 10 beta now. Only one iPhone to use and s7 edge, i only like it’s camera

      • besrate hogsa

        yes you can
        you have two options
        1. enroll your device in to the Apple public beta
        2. You can install and try out the developers beta
        for the 2nd one, you can find the how to on YouTube

      • John Smith

        Your information can be found on the iOSBetas subreddit on reddit

      • besrate hogsa

        right on

  • Y2J

    Glad they said it so people will stop asking lol

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Break down the wall of jericho!!!

  • Y2J

    Honestly if there was a dark mode I probably wouldn’t even jailbreak. I do love me some VirtualHome though

  • Jesse Guerrero

    Who cares it it’s a semi-tether? I mean it takes no less than 5 sec to run the application.. I jailbroke with the Chinese window application when it first came out have not gotten email to change my password to what people have been having problem. I have not had a paypal transactions without my approval. I followed the instructions and have a beautiful jailbreak. No crashes no reboots nothing.

    • A lot of people seem to care. Before Pangu made this announcement, you’ll see in various threads before this one of everyone complaining about it. It seems people’s opinions are changing now that they know an untether isn’t coming and they’d better hop on this one while they still can.

      • Jesse Guerrero

        They should change and pangu should not be at fault. Everyone should be happy with what they get because it’s free

  • Melma

    I’m completely Happy with my Semi-tethered , its better dan having let me just wait for ios10…

  • Blip dude

    Wait, so what’s the complaint?? This has been one of the easiest and least bug infested Jailbreaks I’ve encountered.

    This is way better than the crap I dealt with on 9.0.2 and is it really that complicated to use an app for 20 sec to restore Cydia after a reboot??

    Also, While it does suck that my plans to stay on 9.3 are sorta in dust now because of having to renew the certificate every year, I don’t think the vast majority was going to stick around on 9.3.X for that long anyways.

  • f96lrs

    its free its not that hard dam people

  • igobythisname

    Last night I finally ditched the 9.0.2 jb’s I had on 3 separate devices, all on 9.3.3 now! Main reason being the jb tweak to allow new 9.x emojis on 9.0.2 doesn’t work with SwiftKey keyboard…

  • Venura Edirisinghe

    It clearly shows they only care about money.

    • Chris

      Prove how jailbreaking iOS directly results in income for TeamPangu, just saying something doesn’t make it true.

  • Blofeld

    Been stuck on 8.4 since inception. To be up to date on 9.3.3 & jailbroken is a breath of fresh air.
    To side load until…who cares…is too easy.
    Get over it.
    Thank you Pangu.
    I, cannot thank you all enough for your hard work.

    • CSK

      I was also on 8.4, 9.3.3 is so much faster/smoother, I wasn’t expecting an improvement like this. People just complain about everything nowadays…

  • DeRash86

    I think it is a shame that people don’t appreciate the hard work of nine months! I mean you don’t have to pay for anything! You must not do anything! Just installing it and sign it every 7 days! So what?! When this the result of nine month hard work is than you have to accept that! Who else make a jailbreak for the public? i think when someone is disappointed about the jailbreak than they should create their own!

    • Sampler

      Couldn’t agree more, +1

    • Shinonuke

      I agree with you. I am waiting for them to update it some more before I jump from my 9.0.2 jb. I installed a tweak that uses the Windows 10 side icon bar and now every time I press on the left side of the screen, the iPhone will freeze and I have to hard reboot. Also, sometime I can’t send or receive text messages. I really want to restore and start over but I don’t want to have to respring like 5 times a day.

  • Lyndon Coleman

    I’m okay with 9.3.3 semi untherthered JB. It’s not a deal breaker for me

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Oh snap! Not good for someone if they had a big amount of money on their debit account. Say goodbye to that down payment on the house you wanted!

  • MyLittleBoner

    Guess I stay with my 9.0.2 jb then. A bit buggy but not that it affect me to much.

    • Shinonuke

      Buggy for me too. Can’t send text messages sometime. I have to reboot (not respring) just to get it to work again

      • MyLittleBoner

        Yeah, mine is also re-springing sometimes when I browsing. But that happens once in a while.

  • Austin

    why spend 99 dollars on a dev account when you can spend 16.99 on ipastore which lasts one year & download the JB tool trough them?

  • DeAndre Enrico

    I can’t say this often enough. I would always prefer to run a less buggy, later version of an older OS than a bug-ridden .0 or .0.1 version of a newer OS. Jailbreakers should focus on the stable versions of iOS, not the new ones.

    That said, I’m very thankful that they do what they do and that my phone is so much better and more usable because of them. So they can do whatever the hell they want 🙂

  • Timothy Bradford

    So is it illegal to Jailbreak??…Can I get fined?

    • Timothy Bradford

      Should I uninstall the Jailbreak?

    • Shinonuke

      It is legal to jailbreak iPhones and iPods. It is still illegal to jailbreak ipads

  • truth

    does anyone know how much data it takes to reload the jailbreak after every reboot? My cells inet is my only connection and i shut it down maybe daily.

  • malhal

    If just made their app use the voip entitlement then it would run at start-up and at least we would get an automated jailbreak, essentially the same as untethered just with an extra re-spring after boot.