iOS 10.3.3

An overview of all the current iOS 10 and 11 jailbreak developments, and what they mean

Gone are the days of radio silence, followed by the single release of a finished jailbreak tool for all devices. As the scene moves from funded teams working in secrecy, to public exploits being worked on co-operatively by individual developers in an open forum, the workflow has also changed.

We now hear incremental updates, sometimes multiple times a day, which are more technical and reinforce, modify, or even invalidate previous news. That's why we've put together a quick round-up of the current state of affairs, which will bring you up to date.

New iOS vulnerability enables brute-force passcode attacks on iPhone 7

We've seen devices for brute-forcing phone passcodes before. This $500 box, demonstrated on video by YouTuber “EverythingApplePro”, uses an exploit in iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 beta to brute-force hack and bypass the Lock screen passcode of up to three iPhone 7/Plus handsets at a time—but it could take days to work, depending on the complexity of the passcode.

Apple issues sixth beta of iOS 10.3.3 to developers

Apple on Wednesday seeded iOS 10.3.3 beta 6 to its registered developers and members of the paid Apple Developer Program. The new update has a build number of 14G57 or 14G58, depending on the device. It can be deployed to any compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via the Software Update mechanism in the Settings app.

Your device must have an appropriate configuration profile installed, which can be downloaded from Dev Center. The latest beta arrives following iOS 10.3.3 beta 5, which was seeded to developers on June 28 (the first beta dropped on May 16).

Some of the fixes in iOS 10.3.3 are mentioned in Andrew’s walkthrough video of the first beta.

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As mentioned, iOS 10.3.3 is a bug-fix release which enhances the security and performance of your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This is most likely that last point update to iOS 10 as Apple continues to beta-test the major iOS 11 software update ahead of its public release in the fall.

Apple also released macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 6 for developer testing today.

Apple seeds fourth beta of iOS 10.3.3 and tvOS 10.2.2 to developers

Apple on Thursday released a fourth beta of iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as tvOS 10.2 for Apple TV. iOS 10.3.3 beta 4 (build number 14G5053a) and tvOS 10.2.2 beta 4 (build number 14W5751b) are now available to Apple's registered developers and members of the Apple Developer Program through Dev Center.

To deploy them over the air, use the Software Update mechanism in the Settings app. Your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV must have an Apple beta configuration profile installed.

Both iOS 10.3.3 and tvOS 10.2.2 are bug-fix releases with no new user-facing features. They're probably the last point updates as Apple is currently beta-testing the next major versions of its platforms: iOS 11, watchOS 4, macOS High Sierra and tvOS 11.

Apple launches second betas of iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2

Apple on Tuesday released a second round of betas for all of its platforms, including iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2.

No significant changes can be spotted in any of these betas at this time, signaling that these simply feature the usual round of bug fixes and performance improvements, which is not surprising considering WWDC 2017 is just around the corner.

We shouldn't expect anything really new from now on until the public releases of Apple's new softwares, likely around September.

Apple seeds first betas of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6

Apple on Tuesday seeded the first betas of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. Registered developers can download the new releases via each platform's respective over-the-air mechanism, or via Apple's dev portal.

It's not yet clear what changes are included in these updates, but given their version numbers, it's likely they're focused on security fixes and other under-the-hood improvements. We will let you know if anything more significant is discovered.

The betas do come at an interesting time—24 hours after the release of public updates for each OS, and just a few weeks ahead of WWDC, where Apple is expected to show off previews of the next major versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS.