Jailbreaking news update: unexpected developments for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.x

By , Dec 15, 2016

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Whilst most are no doubt still eagerly awaiting a jailbreak for the just-released iOS 10.2, there are those who still have devices on various flavours of iOS 9 and older, who have fallen through the cracks of the most recent Pangu releases. For them, this week brought some hope, with two separate announcements of upcoming jailbreaking tools, in addition to the release of a browser-based tool from Luca Todesco. This round-up will cover the various pieces of jailbreak release news that came to light over the past few days.

JailbreakMe for Pangu 9.2-9.3.3

First up, Luca Todesco released a browser-based tool for Pangu’s 9.2-9.3.3 jailbreak called JailbreakMe. The ins and outs of it have already been covered in depth here on iDB, but the take-home is that this is not a new jailbreak. Rather, it is an impressive hack which can reactivate the Pangu jailbreak after a reboot on an already jailbroken device, without using the previous certification methods. It uses a Pegasus exploit through Mobile Safari and is already up and running for those who wish to use it. For more details and a walkthrough, please consult the article linked above.

JailbreakMe Walkthrough

iOS 8.4.1 releases

Next up is a just-announced jailbreak from @FriedAppleTeam. This will be the first tool we have seen from them and it is for iOS 8.4.1, which until now has suffered from a distinct lack of jailbreak attention. Between them, Taig and Pangu covered the entirety of iOS 8 from iOS 8.0-8.4, but until now 8.4.1 had only the Yalu jailbreak by Luca Todesco, which remains incomplete, source-code rather than GUI, and for 64-bit devices only. Interestingly, it was in relation to that project that I first came across FriedAppleTeam, as they provided several commits to the Yalu jailbreak’s GitHub, presumably as part of their research towards their own tool. A demonstration video of the team’s work can be seen below:

Other details remain thin on the ground at this point, though I believe the team’s credentials to be good due to their members’ individual work and their history of contributions to Yalu. Thanks to the inestimable TheJailbreakBusters, who have apparently spoken to the team via Direct Message, a few particulars are provisionally available and are as follows:

  • The iOS 8.4.1 FriedAppleTeam tool is not just a proof of concept; it will be publicly released.
  • The jailbreak will be available in a user-friendly tool rather than as source-code on GitHub. Whether it will be as an iOS app or a Mac/PC application with GUI is not yet known.
  • It will support both 64- and 32-bit devices, which Yalu did not, and which the current Pangu 9.3.3 jailbreak also failed to do.
  • An untether is planned for it, making it a fully-fledged persistent jailbreak.

Although some will doubtless argue that an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak is useless at this point, I would beg to differ. I’m aware of many people who are still on 8.4.1, either through luck, caution, or a desire not to slow down older devices by moving to iOS 9/10. Owners of devices such as the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 will particularly welcome this jailbreak, as iOS 8 is the furthest that many are comfortable going on their device without sacrificing (too much) performance, and so 8.4.1 is the most up-to-date version they will get. If you did choose to keep iOS 8.4.1 on these legacy devices, you will now be able to jailbreak them and leave them there for the rest of their days, content in having hit a sweet spot between speed, security, and a jailbreak.

If you did upgrade and regret it now that there may be an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak, there may still be light at the end of the tunnel, as some devices can downgrade back to 8.4.1 using tihmstar’s OdysseusOTA2. This is a final bonus to FriedAppleTeam’s release, and makes it more relevant and useful even now that iOS 8.4.1 is so far behind us. Some devices will always be able to go back to iOS 8.4.1, even without blobs, which will make FriedAppleTeam’s jailbreak permanently useful to some. It’s true that this process has a lot of caveats and will not be possible for everyone, but attempting it seems much more attractive now with a jailbreak upcoming.

Previously, users who were unhappy with speeds on iOS 9 would have to choose between their slow device with a jailbreak, or downgrading to iOS 8.4.1 and going without. FriedAppleTeam’s effort will certainly help out this niche of users who can go back to iOS 8.4.1, but who until now couldn’t re-jailbreak after having done so. Below is a video detailing the use of OdysseusOTA2 for downgrading to iOS 8.4.1.

iOS 9.x releases

The second release news from this week concerns iOS 9.x, and involves two different tools from separate sources. The first is none other than FriedAppleTeam again; they have alleged that their next project is a tool for iOS 9.3.x, apparently supporting iOS 9.3.4 and with 9.3.5 a possibility in future. This would be huge for people who missed out on Pangu’s tool and who stayed on 9.3.4/9.3.5 in the hope of a jailbreak before iOS 10. It would also apply to all current Pangu 9.x users because FriedAppleTeam’s offering will apparently come complete with an untether. It is not yet clear whether it will support 32-bit devices like their iOS 8.4.1 tool will.

The other iOS 9.x tool of the week came in the form of some code on GitHub, which utilises two of the Trident exploits (though not the third one which Todesco used for his JailbreakMe tool) to establish a rudimentary jailbreak. Initially just for the iPad3,1, support is now being added for other devices by respected developer angelXwind. In theory, all devices from iOS 9.0-9.3.4 can be supported, meaning 32-bit support could finally be on the way for iOS 9.0.2+ users. This is reassuring in case FriedAppleTeam’s solution does not end up supporting those devices. However, this work is much more preliminary, and presently does not have the full chain of patches, nor install Cydia, it simply gains root access. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the work will be added to give a jailbreak in the sense that the average user is comfortable with.

For now, FriedAppleTeam’s 9.3.x tool seems the better bet, even though 32-bit support is not confirmed. In its favour is ease of use and the promise of an untether. This will be well-received by those who are tired of re-activating their Pangu jailbreak and respringing after every reboot. It’s not a deal-breaker for me, but I much prefer the simplicity and completeness of a persistent untethered jailbreak. It would also allow Luca Todesco’s Pegasus patch to run constantly, offering better security than is possible at present.

The last thing to mention is that FriedAppleTeam have not commented on the possibility of an iOS 10 jailbreak so far, and may not have one in the works. Nevertheless, it is surely no bad thing to have another group of people working on these tools in terms of the overall prospect of future jailbreaking, especially given the supposed hardening of the iOS 10.2 firmware which is being reported.

Do you have an older device which you would like to jailbreak on iOS 8.4.1? Did you miss out on early iOS 9 releases and can’t wait for an iOS 9.3.4/5 jailbreak? And will an iOS 9.x untether be enough to stop you from upgrading to iOS 10?

Let me know your thoughts.

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  • Jibbley Gravey

    are you fkn serious…. no one gives a SH*T unless it’s IOS 10…

    • stewart solomons

      Rubbish. i have an old ipad3 on IOS7 so this is great news to me.

      • Joel

        So do I! But running smooth on IOS9 🙂

      • Rahimo

        So do I! I have iPad 3 running smoothly on iOS 9.3.3

      • Sublime Vidas

        I have the opposite experience. My iPad 3 runs shitty on iOS 9.3.3. I really want to jailbreak it and downgrade to iOS 8 or even iOS 7

    • Eric Castro

      speak for yourself. my iphone 5 has been locked in 8.4.1 for months and it’s collecting dust because I can no longer use it for development purposes.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    My iPhone 7 plus came with 10, why a 8.x JB now when iOS 10 adoption rate has touched ~60%. Stupidiots

    • at7676

      so why don’t you release a jb of your own that supports ios 10? they are for free and they are certianly NOT pushing up on your face.. so stop complaining!

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        I’ve not asked you to give me a jail break, and you can’t make one either

    • Rahimo

      There are plenty of people who have older iDevices!

  • This is why I gave up waiting for an iOS 10 jailbreak. They’re making a jailbreak for an iOS version that barely anyone is on anymore. Why even bother with iOS 8?!

    • leart

      why you care at first?
      second, 8.4.1 is still live like ota downgrade and iphone 4s/5/5s/iPad 2/3/4 can easily downgrade and those devs are using mainly the trident exploit that was patched with 9.3.5..
      third, why the f**k devs should waste their extremely valuable iOS 10 exploits to give ungrateful peril like you a jailbreak for free? lol

      • Joaquim Barbosa

        As @leart78:disqus says, there are people who these jailbreaks apply to.
        I explained in the article, and answered your exact question. Many devices cannot support iOS 10 and can return to iOS 8.4.1 and jailbreak. Thanks!

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Why are those guys doing any effort in order to jailbreak the already jailbreakable iOS 8 and 9 instead of the not yet jailbroken iOS 10?! If you install an iOS version that has no jailbreak yet, you don’t care about jailbrake, right? So, in my oponion, makes no sense at all working on something very few people want, while all jailbreakers are waiting a jb for the iOS 10.

    • Sublime Vidas

      32 bit on iOS 9.x is not already jailbreakable. Pangu doesn’t give a crap to 32 bit

    • burge

      Because some devices can be downgraded to 8.4.1. And until now there was no jailbreak for 8.4.1.

      Which now begs the question did you read the post.

    • Anonymouse

      Do you not think that there may be spme that inadvertantly had their devices updated either by accident or fault of their own. Don’t you think even if some upgraded they still do care about jailbreaking. Lastly, do you think at all?

      • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

        Firstly, I do know that some inadvertently have upgraded their device, but who cares about jailbreak knows that this should be avoided and that the device does not upgrade by itself. Anyone in the jailbreak community knows about it.

        Secondly, what I was saying is that I’d rather prefer investing time in providing something the majority of people want. But my argument was defeated, and respectfully defeated, by Sublime Vidas and burge, who demonstrated really valid arguments to explain why a jailbreak for ios 8 and 9 is desired by a lot of users (32-bit, for instance).

        Lastly, when debating on the internet make sure to do it like you’d do in real life, I mean, with respect, otherwise people might think you are not worthy of attention.

      • Anonymouse

        Your first paragraph you’re right in that they don’t upgrade themselves, but doesn’t the term ‘accident’ have any bearing?

        Yes debate like in real life, understood, I better put my pants on then. 🙂

  • White Michael Jackson

    I mean once those people jailbreak what tweaks will they install? Doesn’t most new apps require ios 9?

    • Yes.

    • Sublime Vidas

      Depends. Apps like Chrome or Google Keep run on iOS 8, and my iPad 3 runs really sluggish on iOS 9

  • Endriu Andrei
    • Diego Milano

      Hahahaha!

  • Endriu Andrei

    Why there is an ad on your home page that directs you to an website that claims to have iOS 10.2 jb and charges money for it ???

    • Diego Milano

      Ignore it; it is no mystery that jailbreaks have always been free.

      • Endriu Andrei

        I know but why idb would have such an ad ??

      • Diego Milano

        Sebastien just replied above, it was delivered by Google and has since been blocked.

    • burge

      If you had space to sell advertising space on your website what would you do to keep your site going and bring in another source of income.

    • Sorry about the confusion. That ad came from Google Adsense. We have now blocked it. Hopefully it won’t re-appear again under a different form, which sometimes happen with Google. If that’s the case, we will block it again.

      • Endriu Andrei

        Glad I could help 🙂

  • Icebox766

    There is an ad at the top of this story claiming pangu has a 10.1.1 and 10.2 jb. Is this BS? If so kill the deceptive ad.

    • Diego Milano

      I wonder if they can even do that?

    • Hey. Sorry about the confusion. That ad came from Google Adsense. We have now blocked it. Hopefully it won’t re-appear again under a different form, which sometimes happen with Google. If that’s the case, we will block it again.

  • chrispx

    The tweet “New iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak. 9.3.x is coming next. Learn to crawl before you learn to walk” suggests this team is still learning and chose earlier versions as part of the education process.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      +1

  • J™

    Jailbreaking is dying… sad but true

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Yes it is. I’m on 10.2 and I’ve no plans to downgrade either. Apple is *Slowly* implementing most of the features from JB community. Also for people who are on 6s and newer devices, they can’t go back to 8.x. This one is basically a useless JB

      • Diego Milano

        I don’t fully agree with this; of all the tweaks I use, I would say not a single one has been natively ported, with the exception of f.lux. ☹️ I wish they ported Apex, Forecast, Activator, WaveToWake, Springtomize (ok, that would be overkill

  • Diego Milano

    Well, if those exploits found on iOS 8.4 and the latest iOS 9.x are already patched on iOS 10.2, good for them!

  • Diego Milano

    This is GREAT news for those running these iOS versions still on their devices (especially for those who just can no longer upgrade because their devices are getting too old already)!

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      Thanks Diego, I agree that these jailbreaks will apply to many people. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about how jailbreaking works in general, even if it is not about a current firmware tool. (But see today’s article) 🙂 Cheers.

      • Diego Milano

        Wow, it must have been published while I was looking, not sure how I missed it!

  • Anonymouse

    Which devices are able to downgrade to 8.4.1; unless I missed it why aren’t they listed?

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      Hi, @Anonymousethatroared:disqus, the article was getting long! The devices are listed on the Youtube video which demonstrates the downgrade. They include the iPhone5,2 / iPhone5,1 / iPhone4,1, with iPad2, iPad3, iPhone4s also possible in future, but not yet supported. Cheers!

      • Anonymouse

        Grazie

      • Joaquim Barbosa

        @Anonymouse, the model name sometimes has more than type, and not all work. So no. It was not possible, because ‘iPhone 5’ doesn’t specify which ones work, for example. I’m sorry if that was inconvenient. Cheers!

      • Anonymouse

        Do you find it necessary to have a link on my name for others to view my profile? Does that offer some excitement for you?

      • Joaquim Barbosa

        @Anonymouse, yes, they will won’t they. You realise people can click your name on any of your comments and see your profile, so ‘@’ you makes no difference? Still, I apologise if it truly, honestly annoyed you. Cheers!

      • Anonymouse

        Exactly they can click on my name, so why are you adding it as an extra? You don’t apply it to all your responses which again begs the question why so selective? Depending on the reason would determone if it’s annoying.

      • Joaquim Barbosa

        I guess I just was getting the hang of Disqus. Didn’t think it was something to get annoyed about though, it wasn’t part of an evil plan or anything. I’ll leave it out in future.

      • Anonymouse

        i didn’t say to leave it out rather asked why you applied it inconsistently. Nor did I say I was annoyed as the reason would determine that. You really need to read what someone wrote before blindly answering in a way that deflects. That’s not annoying just unprofessional.

  • DaveSG

    Trying to decide what to do. iPhone 6s on 9.3.4. Changes to the music app, control center and notifications have me ambivalent about iOS 10 (plus iTunes 12.3 has some tools disappearing in 12.4+; don’t I need to update iTunes for iOS 10.1+?). Seems unclear if a 9.3.x jailbreak may include 9.3.4. I have the 10.1.1 firmware ready to install. How many times should I toss the coin to decide which path to take?

    Either way, I sorely miss having a jailbroken device.

  • Smegmatron

    Waoooo this is great news, I guess something for my VCR is getting released anytime soon