There hasn’t been an updated jailbreak for iOS in quite a while, but here’s what we know so far about the iOS 8.3 jailbreak and when it might release.
iOS 8.3 release back in early April, making it almost two months since the update arrived, but we have yet to see an iOS 8.3 jailbreak so far. There’s no official word on when an iOS 8.3 jailbreak will release, but it may not be any time soon, as Apple has apparently patched up even more security exploits in iOS 8.3.
Jailbreak developer MuscleNerd tweeted that Apple’s 39 security bugs that were fixed in iOS 8.3 rivals the update from iOS 7.x to iOS 8 last year, making it one of the biggest updates as far as security fixes are concerned. Some of those fixes were exploits that were used by the TaiG jailbreak team, so this is certainly a big blow for the jailbreaking community.
Of course, iOS 8 was jailbroken fairly quickly, but that’s mostly because there was a jailbreak already available for iOS 8 before it was even released. iOS 8.3 is a much different story, as there’s currently no jailbreak in sight.
Whereas an iOS 8.2 jailbreak was right around the corner, an iOS 8.3 jailbreak may take a lot longer to hit the airwaves because of the new security fixes. However, here’s what we know so far about the iOS 8.3 jailbreak.
There Is a Working iOS 8.3 Jailbreak
Surprisingly enough, there is already a working jailbreak for the latest version of iOS, which means it will most likely work with iOS 8.3.
Well-known jailbreak developer Stefan Esser (also known as i0n1c) uploaded a video to YouTube that shows off a working jailbreak that appears to be running on iOS 8.4 beta 1. Esser says that this is merely just a “proof of concept” and like his past jailbreak teases, he most likely won’t release it anytime soon.
In the video, which is embedded above, Esser shows off his iOS 8.4 jailbreak and plays around with the Apple Watch app and then new Music app that will be included with the upcoming update. He clearly shows that Cydia is running on iOS 8.4, which is a clear sign that this is pretty legit.
While this is only a tease of sorts, it does prove that iOS 8.4 is jailbreakable, and as an extension, iOS 8.3 should be jailbreakable as well. The only question is whether or not a jailbreak will release for iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4.
Waiting Until iOS 8.4
While iOS 8.4 has yet to release to the public, chances are jailbreak developers who have a working jailbreak aren’t going to release it until iOS 8.4 releases, mostly so that Apple won’t have the chance to patch it up until it releases iOS 9.
That’s probably the main reason why developers may stay away from iOS 8.3 and shoot for iOS 8.4 instead, because once they release a jailbreak for iOS 8.3, Apple will most likely go ahead and patch up the exploits in iOS 8.4, rendering an iOS 8.3 jailbreak useless after only a couple of months of being out in the public.
If jailbreak developers wait until iOS 8.4 is released, an iOS 8.4 jailbreak would last longer since iOS 8.4 will most likely be the last big update that iOS 8 receives up until the launch of iOS 9, which will most likely hit later this year in September.
With that said, this gives jailbreak developers all the more reason to wait until iOS 8.4. Of course, this is just personal opinion, but as a jailbreak enthusiast myself who follows along closely with the jailbreaking scene, I can say that it would make much better sense for the TaiG dev team (or whoever develops the next jailbreak) to wait until iOS 8.4 is released before making a move.