If you’ve been following the news lately, then you might’ve caught wind about a particular tfp0 iOS exploit released by security researcher Ian Beer that could potentially aid in the development of an iOS 11 jailbreak.

Many people think the jailbreak is dead, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. While a jailbreak tool for iOS 11 hasn’t surfaced yet, I wanted to take this opportunity to share why I’m excited about the possibility of an iOS 11 jailbreak.

Why I’m excited about an iOS 11 jailbreak

I have countless reasons to look forward to an iOS 11 jailbreak, but these are some of the most noteworthy:

iPhone X – a game changer

For one, the iPhone X is the first OLED iPhone Apple has ever delivered. A jailbreak supporting this device would empower jailbreak developers with novel ways to tweak iOS and take full advantage of Apple’s beautiful Super Retina HD display.

Not only would developers discover new ways to tweak the iPhone X itself, but they could even port a bevy of iPhone X-exclusive software-based features to traditional LCD iPhones, like the iPhone 8 and earlier.

iOS 11 is great

While many people think iOS 10 is more stable than iOS 11, I’ve had nothing but good luck with iOS 11. Not only does it include all the latest features Apple offers to consumers, but it comes with all the latest security patches to keep you safe from hackers.

With that in mind, a jailbreak for one of Apple’s latest operating systems would offer the best of both worlds for users. Jailbreak developers, on the other hand, could utilize new features and APIs in iOS 11 to create entirely-new jailbreak tweaks unlike those we’ve seen already.

An exit from the walled garden

Apple provides notoriously-beautiful hardware, but infamously-restricted software. Jailbreaks expand upon the possibilities of both, providing users with a fuller experience explicitly tailored to their needs.

Some of the ways a jailbreak could benefit iOS 11 users are:

  • Enable Personal Hotspot without carrier’s consent
  • Unbarred access to NFC technology
  • Full filesystem access for unlimited modding
  • Fine-grained control over the look and feel of the iOS user interface
  • Access to an entire library of themes and tweaks that make iOS better
  • And much more…

The list goes on, but time’s-a-ticking, and we need to move on to the next section…

Jailbreak tweaks inspire Apple’s future software

It may be an overstatement to say that the jailbreak community inspires Apple’s future iOS features, but we’ve frequently observed where major iOS updates borrow features introduced by the jailbreak community.

An iOS 11 jailbreak would enable innovative minds from the community to tinker with iOS 11 and develop exciting concepts that Apple may one day include in future iterations of iOS.

Apple continuously hires talent from the jailbreak community, and it doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. Many famous jailbreak developers influenced Apple’s latest software, and the same thing might happen as we transition into iOS 12 next year.

Jailbreaks introduce new developers to the world of coding

Listen up Tim Cook: For many jailbreak developers, creating jailbreak tweaks provides a springboard into an early coding career.

Lots of jailbreak community developers go on to make apps for Apple’s App Store or work for Apple directly, but they wouldn’t have gained the skills they have if it weren’t for all the coding practice they get from making tweaks and add-ons for Cydia.

Each jailbreak season sees various new developers joining the scene and taking an interest in coding. That said, an iOS 11 jailbreak would benefit both jailbreak users and Apple alike.

Jailbreaks bring the community together

Everyone loses hope when we don’t see a jailbreak for extended periods of time, but everything changes after a tool releases.

Each year, new jailbreaks spur developers’ motivation to make newfangled tweaks. Furthermore, jailbreakers seem happy again, rather than exhibiting pessimistic and impatient attitudes toward the subject.

I for one can’t wait for an iOS 11 jailbreak because it will bring a large sum of the community back together. Even if it’s the last season of jailbreaking we ever see, it would be worth it to me (and perhaps others).

Wrapping up

Given all the different ways jailbreak developers might be able to breathe new life into the jailbreak community, it’s exciting to think that an iOS 11 jailbreak could potentially materialize all thanks to Ian Beer’s tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.0-11.1.2.

Would you jailbreak iOS 11 if given a chance? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Taha Broachwala

    Hey Anthony, I guess you have spelled “tpf0” instead of “tfp0” on the very first link text of this article on the first line.

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Is there any way to downgrade from 11.2 to 11.1.2 AND restore the 11.2 backup on 11.1.2?

    • Jerry

      Instead of Restore, just click Update. Of course, holding the ALT key. Indicate the location of the IPSW file and the system from version 11.2 “update to” version 11.1.2. Thanks to this you will not lose any data.

      • Tommy

        this does downgrade it, however there are problems with iCloud logging in and other issues after I’ve downgraded.

      • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

        Hi Tommy, cold you please explain more details the issues you’re facing?

      • Jerry

        The Google system logged me out of my account, but it’s normal for security reasons. I did not have a problem with re-logging.

      • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

        Thank you very much, it worked. Although I might have issues jailbreaking as Anthony said above, at least I’m back to 11.1.2 with my current data!

    • As I have indicated in the comments of many other articles, I do not recommend using backups. You will carry over old information, increasing the likelihood of corrupted files and problems that might surface during the jailbreak process. Better to start fresh – and you’d better hurry before Apple closes that signing window.

      • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

        Thanks for pointing that out once again, Anthony. I hope I’ll remember that when jailbreaking, if a jb shows up!

  • Galaxy Life

    “It may be an overstatement to say that the jailbreak community inspires Apple’s future iOS features”

    They don’t do anything like they. Let’s just be honest and say that “new” iOS features are from Android.

    Same goes for hardware.

    • Seth Argue

      There’s that android smugness. Where they gotta think that everything comes from them. Instead of it being a group effort. Furthermore the first android was released in 2008. Whereas the first iPhone had a jailbreak shortly after the 2007 release. Since then there has been countless tweaks from the jailbreak community that have formed into android and iOS features. Get off your high horse.

      • SpideyRules

        I just think it’s hilarious that a user named ‘Galaxy Life’ is following an Apple-heavy website. They just can’t help peaking over the fence to see when it’s time to jump ship.

      • at7676

        it is because their ‘galaxy’ phones lag too much and they have plenty of time to kill before their phones come back to being normal for like another minute.. and its a same repetiative process again and again.. poor souls…

      • Blacklight: Retribution

        ??

      • Speak for yourself, I have a galaxy s8+ with no lag whatsoever.

      • at7676

        butthurt much?

      • nelson sagulo

        yes nice phone that you can make an iphone 10 interface and looks but never the iphone to be like an android ;D

      • nonchalont

        I think their fake accounts from competitors sometime. They come on a competitors site and “trash” talk.

      • Galaxy Life

        I think it’s hilarious that you think I’m not free to post my opinion and you are.

        I follow all kinds of tech and I get all kinds of articles in my feeds–who cares which platform you prefer.

      • SpideyRules

        I must’ve missed it, so please copypaste where I said *anything* about you andor your right to post your opinion.

      • Galaxy Life

        Dude it’s not smudgness–it’s simple fact and what’s the big deal. Don’t sit there and act like Apple doesn’t know anything about Android and it’s features. I can go all day about features in iOS that there is no jailbreak for.

        Companies compete, that’s what they do. If there’s a feature in iOS that I like, I want Samsung to offer something similar. When I was an iPhone users, I wanted many Android features. I didn’t hate, them for it, I just switched.

        And tell me what jailbreak features have been copied into Android?

      • SpideyRules

        It’s simple opinion*

        Fixed that for you. 😉

      • Tomo Play

        SBSettings for example ;), on Android is it the same swipe down gesture for Notifications Center.

        The list of cydia tweaks goes to Android and later to iOS is veeeery long. Trust us!

    • LessLoveLess

      This message was deleted :/ I felt I came off too harsh and am not trying to be rude in my message.

      Essentially IOS steals from both communities, and would probably be better off taking from Jailbreak tweaks, as many of them are leagues ahead of their counterparts on android, IOS without jailbreak is a sad floppy fish.

      Android still cant scroll through a gif heavy website without locking up, even with all the ram and craziness going on with their specs. Checked it on a 3t which topped specs when it came out, all the browsers on the playstore still crashed after a couple minutes of scrolling eating up multiple gigs of ram

      And I’m just happy I dont have to deal with that anymore.

  • Lildebbie

    iOS 11 thus far has been a disaster, enough so I have had to use a different phone until bugs are worked out, if ever.

    • Seth Argue

      I’ve not encountered a single problem with iOS 11 yet. I do find it funny though some of the bugs that users have encountered on iOS 11.

      • f0llows_you

        Low battery and slightly slow iPhone 6s. Everything else is fine ??

    • KD9

      Gee, that’s a good one, tell us another, please. Lol.

  • Michael Pearlman

    Long time jailbreaker here but admittedly for the theming aspect. Mostly looking forward to removing icon labels, applying a flat theme, and installing barrel to animate page switches 🙂 🙂 . I only hope (and trust me, I’m grateful for whatever tools come) that the process is simple. Some jailbreak processes in the past have seemed like a sandbox (pun intended) where you fix one problem and it creates another 10 and then every time you log onto idownloadblog it’s another “having this problem with cydia…install this package”

    • Albert

      I’m with you on removing icon labels! All I need is Springtomize to take care of this…and to add an additional icon to the dock! If only Springtomize can be made to work with non-jailbroken devices…

  • Blacklight: Retribution

    I got my iPhone X yesterday at Bestbuy and it came on iOS 11.1.2. Very lucky ☺️. Bring on the jailbreak!

  • nonchalont

    Well said Anthony.

  • Marc

    I love IOS 11. It’s lightning fast on 8 plus. I’m looking forward to a jailbreak more for theming, but if It doesn’t happen I’m not going to be as dissspointed as I was last year having to deal with horribly unstable jb tools.

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    Ahg…. dammit been years sins jailbreak for me, if! its only for modding icons and maybe barrel 🙂 this take so much of my time installing and so on…. really dont know this time, my ip7 is on 11.2 and has good battery life and is hard as a rock ;-)….

  • DD™

    iOS 11.1.2 brings back a swiping crash and a camera problem with an AR app. I may have to pass on a jailbreak. Ugh!

  • Definitely going to jailbreak once it release. Miss my old 5s with iOS 9.x.x jailbreak.

    iFile, safari download manager and 3g unrestrictor is my go to tweaks.

  • M Aslam Ibrahim

    yeah i’d love to have ipx swipe gestures on my ip8+. then i dnt hv to wait for ipx+

  • Chris Ryan

    Signing window closed for 11.1.2 !

  • Can’t Fix Stupid

    But but but this articles runs contrary to those other ones that tell me I don’t need to jailbreak because they’ve done all the thinking for me.

    What’s super annoying is it’s now turned into a brag platform where some group that’s wants a bunch of attention releases a video or proclamation that they’ve broken it but don’t intend to release it. Basically giving Apple the heads up to close it in the next release. I guess they make more money selling it to Apple or they want some attention. Either way it’s not doing anything positive for the JB community.

    A clean untethered jb would do a lot to reignite interest. It’s been 2 years In iOS 9 since there’s been a clean untethered. So these morons running around saying there’s no need, iOS 11 has everything you need are just blowing hot air.

  • Jamie Osborne

    “jailbreak tweaks provides a springboard into an early coding career.”

    I see what you did there…

  • urbanman2004

    Freaking beautiful