Apple has released iOS 9.3.4 firmware in very short order, continuing with their current practice of releasing updates very quickly. This time, though, we are not looking at any bug fix or performance enhancement update; iOS 9.3.4 download has been released with one purpose – to patch up PPHelper jailbreak. This is the most recent jailbreak that was released for iOS 9.2 to 9.3.3 jailbreak by Pangu in association with PP Assistant and the security document that was released alongside iOS 9.3.4 states clearly that it patches up a number of exploits used in that jailbreak.
Image : Pangu 9.3.4 Jailbreak
Should you Update to iOS 9.3.4 ?
That depends entirely on you. If you have a jailbreak and you want to preserve it, then don’t update. If you have no interest in jailbreaking, then do. There are no additional benefits to be gained by updating this time around, you won’t get any extra features or enhancement and there are no bugs to fix so it really is down to you. If you did already update to iOS 9.3.4 and you want to go back, you need to do it now. Apple isn’t going to continue signing iOS 9.3.3 for too much longer and, if you don’t act quickly, you will lose your chance.
If you haven’t yet installed PPHelper and you want to, make sure you update to iOS 9.3.3 first to take advantage of all the latest enhancements and improvements in the iOS. The best way to do this is to update through iTunes using the IPSW method. Then you can follow our detailed guide on installing PPHelper – if you use a Mac or a 32-bit device, you cannot use PPHelper, although we do expect a Mac version soon.
Can We Jailbreak iOS 9.3.4 ?
Not yet. Right now, PPHelper is your only option for jailbreaking but we do now that Pangu is busy working on a new jailbreak called Pangu 9.3.4. While it isn’t likely to be released straight away, as soon as it is, we’ll give you all the information you need. We do know that iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak is possible because we have seen the proof of it. Keep Reading.
Luca Todesco, Italian iOS hacker is currently at DEF CON and has tweeted proof of a jailbreak, showing us a jailbroken iPhone 6S on iOS 9.3.4 [image below]. However, this is nothing new for the hacker; he constantly shows us that he can jailbreak a new iOS version but he never releases his jailbreak to the public, preferring to tease us with them and then keep them for himself. Although we will never see his jailbreak made public, it does tell us that Pangu have something solid to work with and that gives us hope for a new jailbreak in the very near future.
iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak Release Date :
Apple may have released iOS 9.3.4 to kill off PPHelper but, in doing so, it would appear that they have opened up more security holes for use by the jailbreak teams. This is the nature of the longest running cat and mouse game in the world. Apple releases an iOS version, somebody jailbreaks it and then Apple patches it up, at the same time giving the jailbreak teams something else to work with.
We do know that PPHelper is only a semi-untethered jailbreak and it is only for 64-bit devices. Pangu has said they have no plans to add support for 32-bit devices, nor will they be making it fully untethered but, what we don’t know at this stage is whether this is the way all jailbreaks are going to go from now on.
Image : PPHelper Tool
Right now, if you have a jailbreak, hang on to it and don’t update to iOS 9.3.4. And, when you have installed your jailbreak make sure you download Cydia Impactor – if anything goes wrong, you can use this to restore your device to factory settings without having to lose your jailbreak and start all over again.