Update: iOS 11.2.6 is now unsigned. You can no longer use futurerestore to restore any device to any firmware below iOS 11.3. Do not attempt the restores mentioned in this article.
With the official release of iOS 11.3, the clock is ticking on iOS 11.2.6 signing. Normally this wouldn't mean much to jailbreakers, who would be staying on a lower jailbroken firmware. This time however, it's different. Many users on iOS 9 and 10 jailbreaks are waiting to see how the iOS 11 tools turn out before making the jump. So far, iOS 11.2-11.2.6 have maintained SEP and baseband compatibility with iOS 11.0-11.1.2 (the last jailbreakable firmwares), which allowed users to make the jump at any point, or wait it out a little longer.
Electra for iOS 11.0-11.3.1 is out and in wide use. It seems to work very smoothly for most, perhaps due to the extensive beta period, but it isn't without some reported problems. Add to that the rumor of a more traditional alternative from Saurik et al. and you could be forgiven for deciding to wait it out a while.
You may have been following our coverage of Electra's progress through beta phase to release candidate, as it acquires the requisite functionality to be considered a full end-user jailbreak. With the addition of Cydia to the tool it became clear that a full release was not far off, and sure enough, today saw version 1.0 (and afterwards 1.0.1) posted to the official website.
Coming into Boxing Day, developer Jonathan Levin is clearly fighting fit, with his second jailbreak tool in as many days. After a tvOS 11 update to his LiberTV jailbreak yesterday, today we have an iOS 11 tool, dubbed LiberiOS.
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.
As if the circumstances surrounding the current jailbreak situation weren’t dire enough already, Apple has stopped signing both 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2, and tvOS 11.1.
The latest move by the Cupertino-headquartered company makes it impossible to downgrade to firmware versions vulnerable to Ian Beer’s recently-publicized tfp0 exploit until downgrading tools receive support for iOS 11. That said, hopefully everyone had adequate time to prepare their devices beforehand.
Update: tvOS 11.1 and iOS 11.1.2 are now unsigned.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESTORE TO THEM!
New exploits for iOS 11.1.2 and below have made the possibility of upcoming jailbreaks very real. However, without the proper preparation, you could be left in the cold, without blobs to restore, or on the wrong firmware. Also, not everyone should update, so you need to be sure it's for you. Let's go through the options.
Apple on Thursday released software update iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads. As you can see in the above screenshot, the update includes a fix for the issue that caused iPhone X displays to become temporarily unresponsive to touch after rapid temperature drops. It also addresses the issue that can potentially cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X.