If you’re on iOS 12, then there are two primary jailbreaks you can choose from: Chimera by the Electra Team or unc0ver by Pwn20wnd. Both jailbreaks are neck-and-neck with device and software compatibility, but since iOS 12.4 first became jailbroken, both parties have been hard at work to implement support for A12(X) devices.
The unc0ver jailbreak only “partially” supports A12(X) devices at the time of this writing, and full support is coming sometime in the near future, including those running iOS 12.4. Chimera, on the other hand, has lacked A12(X) support on iOS 12.1.3-12.3 (beta) and 12.4 since v1.3.0 first launched, and still lacks it to this day.
That could all change soon, however, as Electra Team lead developer CoolStar recently teased a rather captivating screenshot regarding the matter:
The screenshot in the Tweet above depicts the Chimera jailbreak app denoting that “Your iPhone is compatible” on what appears to be an iPhone XS running iOS 12.4.
At the time of this writing, Chimera only supports iOS 12.1.3-12.3 beta and 12.4 on A7-A11 devices, and it can only jailbreak A12(X) devices that are running iOS 12.0-12.1.2. The teaser, on the other hand, implies that support for A12(X) devices running iOS 12.1.3-12.3 beta and 12.4 is coming very soon.
Neither CoolStar nor the Electra Team has provided any sort of ETA for A12(X) device support on iOS 12.1.3-12.3 beta and 12.4, but the circumstances seem compelling that the wait won’t be too much longer.
For what it’s worth, Pwn20wnd is battling day and night to add full support for the same device and firmware combinations to unc0ver, but his jailbreak never fully supported A12(X) devices since the get-go because it lacked important things, such as Cydia Substrate to name one. That said, Pwn20wnd’ has been on an ongoing mission to implement a stable Substitute alternative for A12(X) devices, and from what we can gather, rapid progress is being made.
When push comes to shove, the choice of which jailbreak to use comes down to your personal preference. Chimera will install Sileo and use Substitute for jailbreak tweak injection on A12(X) devices, but unc0ver will install Cydia and use Substitute for jailbreak tweak injection on A12(X).
Are you excited that Chimera will soon pick up support for A12(X) devices running iOS 12.1.3-12.3 (beta) and 12.4? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.