Although it seems like jailbreaks have become few and far in between lately, that’s not to say that hackers don’t still dabble in their exploitational talents every now and again.

Presenting at the POC2017 event in Seoul, South Korea, iOS hacker Liang Chen has demonstrated the first-known jailbreak to date on Apple’s flagship iPhone X handset. A full video showcasing the jailbreak tool and code injection can be seen here.

Worthy of praise, Chen was running iOS 11.1.1 on his iPhone X upon jailbreaking, which Apple just released publicly on Thursday to fix an autocorrect bug related to typing the letter “i.”

As it would seem, even Apple’s newest and most sought-after handset has its fair share of security exploits, and they’re robust enough to give hackers like Chen root access to the device’s filesystem to make jailbreaks like this one plausible.

Details about the jailbreak are scanty as of right now, but it’s likely a type of semi-untethered jailbreak akin to the likes of the latest Pangu and Yalu jailbreaks to surface in recent years.

Chen’s jailbreak doesn’t have an official name yet, and it likely won’t get released to the public. Like many other hacker demonstrations before it, this was merely a proof of concept. Still, it brings some much-needed inspiration to the jailbreak community amid the departure of so many vital developers and hackers as of late.

Apple’s relentless barrage of software updates in recent years discourages many jailbreak developers from taking on these massive projects. Nevertheless, anyone with the slightest interest in jailbreaking the iPhone X should probably follow the traditional protocol of keeping it on the earliest firmware possible (iOS 11.1.1 or earlier), as software updates tend to patch viable exploits.

There’s no guarantee that a jailbreak will ever surface for the iPhone X, but if history is any indication of what’s to come, then an underground hacker or jailbreak team may surprise us all when we least expect it.

Do you want the freedom to jailbreak your brand-new iPhone X? Let us know in the comments section below!

  • Cones1r

    This is AMAZING NEWS!!!

  • Anderson Silva

    All I want is a viable option to update my 5s from 9.0.2. That’s it.

    • Iskren Donev

      I’d say iOS 11.1.1 is a good bet. If you are already jailbroken, save your SHSH blobs since most jailbreaks are released long after their target iOS versions have had their signing stopped.

    • 9to5Slavery

      on iOS 9.02 as well on iPhone 6S, it is truly fast. Speed Intensifier!

  • Al Fresco

    iPhone 7 on 10.3.1….. waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting…..

    • Icebox766

      iPhone 6s on 10.3.1. Waiting x10

  • Cerberus The Wise

    I can’t wait to possibly maybe jailbreak my iPhone X 2-3 years from now as long as I make sure to never update ??

    • Antzboogie

      You should really appreciate this good news. Almost all the features on my iPhone X are actually ideas and concepts from Jailbreaking. Widgets and keyboards. Apple was late on that.

      • Cerberus The Wise

        I used to be a hardcore jailbreaker since iOS 3. I absolutely loved customizing my phone with all the themes and tweaks. long gone are the days of a jailbreak tool that actually jailbreaks a relevant firmware for the majority of people. I’ve just given up.

      • 9to5Slavery

        I’ll be your other conscious! Give up never !

    • Lit

      Totally agree. I used to hold back for jb but releases have gotten ridiculously delayed that you miss out on new iOS features (and major bug fixes) because you failed to update. Especially with iOS 11 being a complete disaster with major bugs and freezes, it will be difficult to hold out for a jb, which could never even become public.

  • mironz

    To be honest, I don’t know if I want jailbreak anymore…. (coming from a person who couldn’t use an iPhone without a jailbreak)

    Apple has stole way too many ideas from the jailbreak community to the point that it pretty much has most of the little tweaks that I personally wanted in my iPhone. Js.

    • Diego Milano

      I will only agree the day Apple beefs up their homescreen icons so that you can squeeze in more stuff behind each app icon like Apex does, I don’t even know why oh why nobody has officially innovated on that front. Big screens all over but same old home screen, it’s boring and not creative at all. Where the heck is the so called “innovation”?

    • Antzboogie

      This is very true and it wouldve been nice if Apple said the truth or at least gave some credit to the Jailbreaking community. I would definitely Jailbreak and see what this phone can really do!!

    • 9to5Slavery

      I CAN NOT STAND THE ANIMATION DELAY!!!!!!!

      -Speed Intensifier FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      TRULY MAKE YOUR PHONE QUICKER!

      – PDANET
      AVOID THOSE BS CARRIER CAP RULES ON UNLIMITED

      – Control Center PRIOR TO IOS 11 making it really ugly and not ergonomic.

      • askep3

        Honestly. All those shorty speed tests comparing smartphone speeds essentially only compare animation speeds. Speed up the animations and you have a faster phone

      • 9to5Slavery

        DUH ! Not to be rude, cellular speed test, benchmark speed test, and then the software-LESS we can do by reducing animation times. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE hipsy daisy!

    • Blacklight: Retribution

      but we still can’t download videos off the web without jailbreaking

      • Wee Ymm

        Yes u can. Idownloads app or downloads app

      • Rowan09

        Of course you can and it’s a lot easier now with the files app.

      • f0llows_you

        Use app called iCab. Best browser

      • Okada San

        Documents 6 (aka Documents by Readdle) in the App Store. Use it all the time to download from YouTube, SoundCloud, and Vimeo.

    • edwilk55

      I was about to say this pretty much word for word. And I don’t have the JB headaches that ALWAYS came with doing it. 🙂

    • nonchalont

      Says the guy that will jailbreak once a release happens ?

      • T. Allen

        SAME DAMN DAY like so many of the rest of us. WELL SAID

    • Still too many features missing:

      *Downloading and viewing any files is not possible (you can’t download a zip or some file, put it in Files, view it, or transfer it to a computer)

      *Transferring files to Files app with a computer is not possible (eg. Music, Videos), so you still need Filza/iFile

      *Emulators are still restricted to 7-day signing, so a jailbreak is needed to fix that

      *Some people still have personal hotspot disabled, so you need a jailbreak to get it.

      *Non-3D Touch devices still don’t have the SwipeSelection-like feature (to move the cursor).

      Most stuff is in iOS 11 though (customizable Control Center, display recording, faster animations, widgets), so it’s not that hard to live without a jailbreak.

  • Bacillus

    This is the first really convincing perspective on iPhone X

  • pnh

    I’m as excited as Louis CK with my pants down.

    • 9to5Slavery

      lol

  • Aadam Sherazi

    I love jailbreak, I love the freedom it provides, but we should all realize that jailbreaking is dead, any way you put it. It’s so hard, harder than ever, and frankly, apple has made vanilla iOS everything we used ti jailbreak for. As a productivity and media consumption tool, my iPhone X serves all my needs. Saurik himself is against most people jailbreaking now, and even he, the one who started it all, says jailbreaking is dead. I think it’s time to put an amazing jailbreaking past behind us, and help developers focus their skills on creating better app store apps that utilize the new hardware to its fullest extent.

    • burge

      Saurik didn’t start it all that was Geohot. He was the first to gain root access to the iPhone.

      • Aadam Sherazi

        True, unless I am mistaken, geohot was hired by apple in the end

      • burge

        Wrong again that was Comex, Geohot got hired by Facebook for awhile.

  • Diego Milano

    The only thing about this is that it was showcased on a “Hack for Security” conference, which means this could potentially be sold to Apple for hundreds of thousands of bucks and bye-bye jailbreak. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  • OtterWithKids

    I’d just like to jailbreak my old devices to downgrade their OS, thus making them usable again.

    • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

      Great idea. My iPad Mini 2 does not run ios 9.3.3. smoothly 🙁

  • jalexcarter

    I am currently jb on my iPhone 7 and I have always and will always jb the day they become available. Jb’ing provides what seems like an infinite amount of customizations for each end user to make their phone the way they like it and want it instead of being forced to be an isheep as we have been dubbed with hardware and software that looks exactly the same. It also provides a means to fix all the stupid things actual users dont like about apps that developers put out. A jb iPhone will always be better than a non-jb iPhone and I hope jb’ing never goes away. I wish I was as smart as these guys so I could develop the tools to release a public jb. To me jb’ing is akin to performing a public service that just makes our way of life easier and better in pretty much every way that involves our smart devices #longlivejb

    • 9to5Slavery

      amen, there is a course on how to learn how to do it step by step.

      search cydiageeks develop jailbreak , it’s recent and from 2017 a month ago.

    • enifome

      On what firmware are you jb on iphone 7???

      • jalexcarter

        10.1.1 ?

  • Until videopane and safaridownloader come to native iOS on iPhones, there will always be a need for a jb.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Speed Intensifier !!!! lol! And also Audicy!!

    • Rowan09

      You can already download on Safari and I doubt PIP is coming to the iPhones anytime soon.

      • Blip dude

        While True, downloading huge files from Safari has always been a crappy experience for me on Stock iOS. I never bothered with Safari Downloader though.

        However, there really should be a way to add music to the iPad without resorting to iTunes or Apple Music as the only options. This is where Audicy comes in.

      • I doubt that either. That’s why jb will always be needed imo. Stock iOS has improved but can still be so much.

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Let’s be honest: jailbreak is dead, unfortunately.

    • 9to5Slavery

      It is not dead, it is very useful.
      People like you act like it’s dead, so it’s dead… to you. and other pessimistics.

      • burge

        Did you not read what was put at the end ? “Unfortunately”. That’s not being a pessimistic at alll.

        Jailbreaking is not dead ( yet ) it’s just not the flourishing community it once was. The people who are needed to make this happen have walked away or are coming to terms that it’s almost impossible as Apple have doing their job in making iOS more secure than it used to be. A lot of people don’t want the hassle of trying to jailbreak as it’s not the one click wonder it used to be and having to resign certificates takes the fun out of it if you manage to get root access in the first place without anything going wrong causing you to reinstall iOS and probably upgrade to a iOS that’s not jailbroken.

        So unfortunately while the comment of jailbreaking is dead is not quite right let’s just say it’s in the retirement home slowly waiting to die.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Yeah a lot of people don’t want that hassle of redoing it time and time again. Isn’t that obvious? And yet those same people either do it again or they don’t.

        You can list the things why it could keep going wrong without light of the other side. If you feel your experience represents the majority you might as well just not comment on it to discourage the jailbreak community. What growth can come out of your comment? None. If you support devs and jailbreak progression you gotta step outside the box and stop making everything about you. And that comes with showing how much suppor or awareness you’re sharing with others.

      • burge

        In case you haven’t noticed there are more and more comments on here about people not wanting to jailbreak anymore, If that’s not a sign I don’t know what is. That and the fact that jailbreaks are few a far between. Remind me again how many there was for iOS 10 and especially for the iPhone 7. And now there is the 8 and the X and to be honest I don’t see more than one being made available before the next device is launched. Having to be on the correct firmware each time especially while it’s still be signed for is what’s making it so hard for end users. Jailbreaking is not what it once was and it’s one of the reasons I stopped do it and that was back on iOS 8.

      • 9to5Slavery

        I’m not saying I’m not aware. But it seems like high expectations is also part of the problem.

  • Blacklight: Retribution

    OMG YES! GIMME!!!

  • David Gow

    Is this fake news ?? Getting my hopes up lol. Peace. Fingers crossed. And there was nothing wrong with the pangu or other j.b

  • craig

    the jailbreak community and the whole jailbreak hype has all gone to shit its just not the same, the majority of jailbreakers want jailbreaks purely just for pirating apps and in app purchases and people are too impatient and act so childish!

    theres just the few decent people who want a jailbreak purely for the benificial and fun changes what we cant do with stock ios and and pay for the hard work that people go through to make pretty sweet jailbreaks.

    not everyone will like my opinion but its true 🙂

    • 9to5Slavery

      Disagree.

      Pdanet is important.
      So is customizing fonts like those weird android people.

      • Blip dude

        Is it?? I remember Bytafont, but haven’t touched it since iOS 8, tweaks, like apps, eventually become abondoned, hence why some may resort to piracy, and even themes don’t get updated as often.

        Honestly, why pay for a tweak that will eventually be abondoned then eventually someone else will come with a similar concept but have to pay again (weathericon -> meteor, for example).

        Personally my only real reason for Jailbreaking at this point is for Dark Mode, Cameratweak, Audicy and Forecast cause for some stupid reason Apple can’t simply use the screen real estate to add some useful “at a glance” info on the lock screen without swiping. Once a Dark mode comes to iOS, goodbye Jailbreak.

        I don’t care about the devices speed, I don’t have unlimited Data, and could personally careless about how control center looks, so as long as I can toggle low battery mode from it, I’m happy.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Because first

        You pay for what you want and need.

        If another opportunity comes out with another better tweak, you wouldn’t over think to not try it. Sure tweaks can get better in different variation. But don’t short sell yourself that if something is greater doesn’t mean you won’t try it.

        Sometimes new variation of tweaks affect other side tweaks.
        You probably been through it and I can understand out frustration.

        If your concern is towards abandonment of an app are you talking about a refined version or an expansion of functionality or because the OS updated?

        There’s plenty of times where this not only happens in Cyrus but also in App Store. We can set expectations for others but nothing is ever guaranteed for the services. Unless it’s tax.

        I’m glad certain things make ou happy. I can relate certain features matters from person to person seeing how frustrated you are in some areas and in other areas not.

        I won’t even set expectations for iOS 11 to be jb for public. But who knows this isn’t old news on anticipation and release. I’m glad there’s even Confernece to display the possibility than rather no news. I can at least remain positive and at ease there is that possibility rather than stress myself out andor others.

    • mrgerbik

      springotimize… flipcontrolcenter .. mikoto … activator … safe alarm .. barmagnet,,, app admin… icleaner … minimal hosts blocker … mywi … ifile …. protect my privacy …. etc etc etc etc

  • JulianZH

    JB so useless now

    • 9to5Slavery

      Your life isn’t that exciting that’s why you’re saying the things you are saying

      • Blip dude

        So the status on someone’s excitement is determined on something that less than 10% of iOS users take advantage of?? If the level of excitement in someone’s life depends on whether or not a jailbreak is released, then that is sad.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Nope but you can be critical of why I said that instead of assuming the next part. Listen not here to argue, but can’t stand when idiots make non progressive comments. The 10% is the 100% of this jail break community as well.

  • lookHOWMADheis

    time to move to an android

    • 9to5Slavery

      troll

  • askep3

    These last few years i haven’t found much reason to jailbreak. The last phone I jailbroke was my 6 or 6s and I removed it later during the year, IOS had become very good, and the few features that I found worth jailbreakinf for didnt outweigh the inconvenience of not having the newer IOS version.

    Now however, with the iPhone X, there’s going to be a whole new wave of tweaks that could really improve the experience, such as fixing control center, and maybe even a dark mode. The appeal on older iPhones isn’t there for me, but on the iPhone X I’m seriously considering jailbreakinf because there’s going to be so much to tweak!

    • 9to5Slavery

      Control center wasn’t fixed, it was remodeled where they think it was good. It certainly is not a “one-hand gesture” no more, it has to let you reach up all the way to the top corner.

  • Lewis Gale

    I want a jailbreak just so hopefully someone makes a tweak to change the lock screen flash and camera icons to something more useful.

  • droid3000

    looking for some advice, im trying to find a cheap device to jailbreak and use as an ipod. the cheapest i can find is a 5s but its quite difficult to find one thats under 10.2.1. would it be a bad idea to buy one anyway and just wait for ios 11 jailbreak? i would assume i need to buy it and upgrade immediately

    • 9to5Slavery

      Depends how bad you need the jailbreak. If you can exercise your daily tasks without jailbreak you can certainly wait.

  • czbird

    About time… ?

  • nonchalont

    I SOOOO wish for a jb ?. Is there a hero out there anywhere?

  • techfreak23

    There are fewer and fewer reasons I miss jailbreaking with each new release. There are some a few things that I miss, namely Phantom and Zeppelin, but other than that, I don’t have much reason to jailbreak anymore.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Speed intensifier

  • Awesome proof of concept, but thats the extent of it. These guys will fork the exploit over to Apple and make a kings ransom for the bug(s). Jailbreaking is dead. Truthfully jailbreaking went when the iPhone Dev Team went their separate ways. After that it was terribly sporadic and now, practically nonexistent. The rule of thumb is to stay on the oldest OS and essentially not upgrade your device hoping for a JB and save your blobs, but with all these advancements, especially the X, who wants to do that?

  • ready1take1

    miss it so much. i seem to be the only one who got an iphone 8, but i hope it’s able to be jailbroken soon.

  • armyk

    Well with iPhone X and iOS 11 I do not really need jailbreak anymore… Tweaks used were doing what iPhone can do now. Swipe from bottom to close the app / switch apps etc.
    The only thing I would appriciate would be Activator. The others were nice to have but not essential

  • yeskia

    Personally, jailbreaking iOS enables the ability to declutter Apple’s user interface, which lately seems to be designed for and by pre-teens…

  • T. Allen

    OUTSTANDING NEWS!! But as has been the case with several of these, it’s…

    “Details about the jailbreak are scanty as of right now” and “Chen’s jailbreak doesn’t have an official name yet, and it likely won’t get released to the public.”

    ….and we don’t see most make it out. I hear a lot of people saying they don’t need a jailbreak and give their reasons why. Well you’ll find just as many who’ll say they do and give their reasons why. Me personally, I absolutely want one. I have the X and it’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve used a stock device and it does still feel very alien. Lightning fast? Absolutely. But do I miss ALL of my tweaks…let along my themes. I sure as hell do. I simply like to have my device with no restrictions. I contemplated jumping ship, but THIS ecosystem is the one I will always prefer, hence me on my X. I still have my 6s+….still on 9.3.3 on Pangu’s last jailbreak. Like that one, I am more than good with a semi-tethered jailbreak…as long as it is a stable one….certificates and all. Truly hoping this sees the light of day to a public release soon.

  • T. Allen

    It does bring some excitement because I do seem to remember Keen Labs releasing a demo iOS 11 while it was in beta (I believe it was beta 2). iOS 11 gets released to the public and now we see this from them. It does bring a level of excitement.

  • Ron Johnson

    Help what does springboard mean. I seen it on my iPhone I reset my phone 7 plus now it’s gone. My mail has an ssl highlighted I seen the mail for iCloud move on it’s own .

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    I got tried of this cat and mouse game and sold my iPhone 7 plus on 10.3.2 to get S8 plus. Unlimited customisation and never have to worry about a stupid jailbreak game again. And like before this jailbreak is never gonna be public, so iPhone X users enjoy your boring screen and UI which looks exactly the same as it did 10 years ago.

  • So there is still hope

  • Past0rB

    Would love to jailbreak the X. Very happy to see this.

  • gramatical correction:

    “details are scanty” should be “details are scant”

  • Vinny Perez

    Feels like the news of the decade. Even though iOS 11 packs some pretty neat features, Cydia still offers tweaks that brings simplicity and conveniency to the iPhone experience. Combining what the two offers … well, its better than Christmas.

  • Big Rich

    I’m waiting on iOS 11.0.1 hoping for a JB on iPhone X and am on iOS 11.0.2 on my 8 plus

  • I currently use my iphone x but it has not been hacked though a hacker cyberspyne@ gmailcom helped hack my partners iphone 7s but i have not seen iphone x getting hacked not even once