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iOS 12 Jailbreak Status: 5 Things to Know Now

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This is what you need to know about the iOS 12 jailbreak, what to watch out for as you search and wait for a release and advice on what you should do with iOS 12.0.1 and iOS 12.1 coming soon.

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

What you need to know about the iOS 12 jailbreak status.

What you need to know about the 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.

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

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?

If you are already on iOS 12, you should use caution before upgrading to iOS 12.1 or iOS 12.0.1.

If you are already on iOS 12, you should use caution before upgrading to iOS 12.1 or iOS 12.0.1.

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.

iOS 12 vs iOS 11: What’s New in iOS 12.1.1

iOS 12.1.1 Features & Fixes

iOS 12.1.1 Features & Fixes

The iOS 12.1.1 update enables several new features on the iPhone and iPad. It does not brings with it watchOS 5.1.2.. Here's a look at the new iOS 12.1.1 features and the bug fixes. 

  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR 
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
  • Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
  • Stability improvements for dictation along with VoiceOver 

The iOS 12.1.1 fixes include;

  • Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
  • Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
  • Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically
  • This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:
  • Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls

There are also security fixes that are part of this update. 

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