It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new jailbreak release since the initial iOS 9 jailbreak back in October, and it’s possible we won’t see a new jailbreak release for a while.
About a month after iOS 9 released, Pangu released an iOS 9 jailbreak that worked with iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, and iOS 9.0.2. Since then, Apple has released iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2, which patched up the jailbreak and we have yet to see a new jailbreak release that works with the latest version of iOS.
It’s been rumored in the recent past that Pangu had a working iOS 9.2 jailbreak ready to go, which was believed to be released fairly soon, but we have yet to see it release.
Now, Apple has released the first beta to iOS 9.2.1, which means that another version of iOS will soon be released, but when will we see a new jailbreak?
Well, it’s possible that we won’t see an iOS 9.2 jailbreak for a little while longer, and we could easily get into 2016 without seeing an iOS 9.2 jailbreak, simply because of Apple’s release cycle of iOS updates.
Theoretically, if an iOS 9.2 jailbreak has been discovered and is ready to go, then it should be released right now if Apple patched up exploits in the iOS 9.2.1 beta. However, if the beta doesn’t patch up anything new, then it’s likely that we won’t see a new jailbreak for a while longer.
This is sort of what happened with iOS 9.1. Pangu went ahead and released its iOS 9 jailbreak once it discovered that one of the iOS 9.1 betas patched up exploits used in the jailbreak, which that it would be better for Pangu to go ahead and release the jailbreak instead of holding it back and trying to find a new exploit in iOS 9.1 at the time.
It’s likely that iOS 9.2.1 is a critical fix update that doesn’t bring any new features to the table, but rather includes a handful of bug fixes and security fixes that Apple could have queued up just in case Pangu does release the iOS 9.2 jailbreak soon. The possibility of that actually being the case is fairly low, but it seems like that was the case with the release of iOS 8.4.1, which released shortly after an iOS 8.4 jailbreak was released earlier this year.
In any case, jailbreaking developers who are working on new exploits rarely share their progress, so it’s sort of like Schrodinger’s Cat: You can either look at it as an iOS 9.2 jailbreak existing or not existing at the moment, but you won’t know until Pangu opens up the box and releases it to the public.
If you’re waiting on an iOS 9.2 jailbreak, make sure that you don’t update to iOS 9.2 right now, as you’ll lose your current jailbreak.
However, you can at least prepare for the jailbreak and download iOS 9.2 right now, that way you won’t have to wait for the update to download. You can do this either in iTunes by clicking “Download only” when the update prompt appears (you’ll have to plug in your iPhone to get the pop-up), or you can head to this website and download the iOS 9.2 update file separately.
It’s also a good idea to back up your device through iTunes, since you’ll need to do that anyway when you jailbreak your device.
In the end, no one is quite sure when the iOS 9.2 jailbreak will arrive, but it might not be anytime soon, so don’t keep your fingers crossed for too much longer.