iOS 12.2

Electra Team says ‘Sock Puppet’ exploit support is coming to Chimera

Pwn20wnd just got done updating the unc0ver jailbreak tool with support for the new ‘Sock Puppet’ exploit by @NedWilliamson with support for firmware versions up to iOS 12.2, and as it would seem, the Electra team isn’t too far behind.

In a series of Tweets shared just this afternoon, the Electra Team revealed that it would soon update the iOS 12-centric Chimera jailbreak tool with support for the new ‘Sock Puppet’ exploit:

Unc0ver picks up support for ‘Sock Puppet’ exploit, now supports up to iOS 12.2

In what could only be described as a surprising treat for the jailbreak community, Pwn20wnd released unc0ver v3.3.0 betas 1 and 2 to the general public on Thursday with official support for all firmware versions up to iOS 12.2. This means that in addition to the previously-supported iOS 11.0-12.1.2, unc0ver now supports iOS versions 12.1.3, 12.1.4, and 12.2.

Pwn20wnd announced the updated unc0ver jailbreak tool just this afternoon, adding that it takes full advantage of @NedWilliamson’s tfp0 exploit, which has been subtly named ‘Sock Puppet’ by its creator:

Pwn20wnd says Cydia and Cydia Substrate work fine on iOS 12.2

At the time of this writing, all publicly-available jailbreak tools only support up to iOS 12.1.2. But less than two weeks ago, a tfp0 exploit was achieved on iOS 12.2, raising hopes for the possibility of a jailbreak release for this particular firmware version.

To most of the jailbreak community, a full-fledged jailbreak is more than just root access to a device’s filesystem; most users also rely on a tried and true package manager to install their favorite extensions. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that renowned hackers like Pwn20wnd are currently playing around with Cydia compatibility on iOS 12.2, especially given the latest news.

Apple stops signing iOS 12.2, preventing firmware downgrades from iOS 12.3

In a routine move by Apple on Thursday, the Cupertino-based tech company stopped signing the iOS 12.2 firmware for its mobile lineup of devices, a move that hinders the iTunes-centric downgrade process to any firmware older than the recently-released iOS 12.3 update.

Apple first released iOS 12.2 nearly two months ago, and iOS 12.3 has been publicly available for a little longer than a week at the time of this writing. Given the circumstances, Apple’s decision to discontinue downgrades to iOS 12.2 isn’t particularly surprising.

KeenLab demos jailbreak on iPhone XS Max running iOS 12.2

The talented Liang Chen of security research group KeenLab has once again flexed his hacking prowess this week after showing off what is believed to be the first-known jailbreak demonstration to support iOS 12.2.

Chen’s video demonstration, which has been published on YouTube, demonstrates what appears to be an iPhone XS Max running iOS 12.2:

Apple stops signing iOS 12.1.4, thwarting downgrades from recently-released iOS 12.2

Apple on Thursday stopped signing iOS 12.1.4 for its mobile devices, a move on the Cupertino-based company’s part that prevents users from using iTunes to downgrade their firmware to any version below iOS 12.2.

Apple just released iOS 12.2 to the public last Monday, and so the decision to stop signing iOS 12.1.4 today is somewhat abrupt, even to Apple’s standards. The last time Apple stopped signing an older version of iOS, the window remained open for several weeks before Apple flipped their magical anti-downgrade switch.

AirPods 2 will work on pre-iOS 12.2 firmware, albeit with ‘limited’ functionality

When Apple’s second-generation AirPods became available to order from the Cupertino company’s website, asterisks discovered at the bottom of the web page denoted that the Bluetooth headphones would necessitate macOS 14.10.4, iOS 12.2, and watchOS 5.2 to be used. But is that really the case? Perhaps not…

Citing a post shared on /r/jailbreak by Reddit user TomLube just this week, Apple’s second-generation AirPods will work just fine on pre-iOS 12.2 firmware, albeit with semi-handicapped functionality.

Second-generation AirPods hint imminent release of macOS Mojave 10.14.4, iOS 12.2, & watchOS 5.2

In case you missed it, Apple released its highly-anticipated second-generation AirPods on Wednesday with some notable under-the-hood improvements including the brand-new H1 chip and a Qi wireless charging-compatible case.

But as you might come to expect from Apple, the release of new hardware often requires newer software with support built-in, and the Cupertino-based company’s second-generation AirPods are no exception to this general rule of thumb.