Apple released the iOS 12 update in mid-September and the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max right after. This week we see iOS 12.0.1 arrive. It’s a tempting update and upgrade for many users, but there is some concern over a potential iOS 12 jailbreak. Waiting for the jailbreak is one of the biggest reasons not to upgrade to iOS 12.
The first iPhone Xs jailbreak details surfaced in late September from the Pangu team. They show off progress on a PAC Bypass on the A12 chip found on the iPhone Xs.
With iOS 12.0.1 out now, you may be tempted to install iOS 12, or if you are already on it, you may be tempted to install iOS 12.0.1, but if a jailbreak is important you may want to hold off for now.
This is what we know about the iOS 12 jailbreak status and what you should be aware of as you think of upgrading software or buying a new iPhone or iPad.
iOS 12 Jailbreak Status
While the jailbreaking scene is tougher than it was several years ago, there are already some proof of concept iOS 12 jailbreaks and info released by security researchers.
In the video above Ali Security shows off an untethered iOS 12 jailbreak. This was shot after the iOS 12 final release, so it is a good sign, but it is not a public release or connected to a team that’s released one.
Yalu developer Luca Todesco shares an iOS 12 beta 12 jailbreak demo in the video below. Turn the sound off unless you want loud explicit rap playing while you see the jailbreak demo.
An Electra team member said that there will be an iOS 12 jailbreak, but don’t quote him on it.
There will be a jailbreak for a signed iOS 12 version. Not 100% confident but pretty sure. Don’t quote me if it doesn’t happen :p
— nullpixel (@nullriver) August 12, 2018
We don’t know a specific iOS 12 jailbreak release date, or even have a good time frame yet. That said, you should expect to wait a little while for one to arrive, even with private demos and proofs of concept.
iPhone Xs Jailbreak Status
— Min(Spark) Zheng (@SparkZheng) September 27, 2018
In a surprising move, we are already seeing iPhone Xs jailbreak details arrive from the Pangu team. They are able to run an iOS 12 jailbreak on the iPhone Xs with the new A12 processor.
This is exciting, but it’s worth noting thee Pangu team has not released a public iOS jailbreak since iOS 9.3.3, so there is a very good chance that this will not arrive for users.
Fake iOS 12 Jailbreaks
Be on the lookout for fake iOS 12 jailbreaks that ask you for your personal information or to complete offers to download them.
We typically see these use the names of existing iOS jailbreaks to borrow authenticity.
We’re already seeing some websites promising the ability to jailbreak iOS 12 using various methods.
When an iOS 12 jailbreak arrives, it won’t require you to sign up for offers, free trials or share any personal information to download.
Should I Upgrade to iOS 12.0.1 or iOS 12.1?
Right now the iOS 12.0.1 update is out and we know that the iOS 12.1 update is in testing. This update will likely arrive next month, or late in October. If you are on iOS 12, you should stay on it until you get an OK to update. This is important with various demos out that may clue Apple into how people are exploiting this release.
iOS 11 Downgrade Status
You can downgrade from iOS 12 to iOS 11, but you can only go back to iOS 11.4.1. You can still downgrade from iOS 12.0.1 to iOS 11.4.1, but that isn’t going to be around for long.
There is no iOS 11.4.1 jailbreak, so if you upgrade to try out iOS 12 you will not be able to downgrade and jailbreak.
Further complicating matters is the fact that Apple could close the iOS 11 downgrade soon, leaving you stuck on iOS 12.
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