Jailbreaking is more of a challenge now than it has ever been. While we got used to being able to jailbreak virtually every version of the iOS that was released, things have slowed down in recent months and the jailbreaks are taking longer to release. This is true of the most recent utility, PPHelper for iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3.3, with a gap of several months between jailbreaks. And now, with iOS 9.3.4 firmware, Apple has patched it, very quickly.
Image : iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak – OverSky Jailbreak
Not all hope is lost though as there is the strong possibility of an iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak in the near future. Luca Todesco has shown us a photo of an iPhone running Cydia on iOS 9.3.4 and, although we know that he will never release that jailbreak to the public, it does show us that there are exploits available to be used. The second piece of proof came in the form of a video of a jailbreak called OverSky [ aka Flying ].
iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak Video :
The video was uploaded to Twitter [ext link] by a security research assistant for Alibaba, by the name Min Zheng. His video shows an iPhone, clearly running iOS 9.3.4 and it shows the jailbreak being installed, followed by Cydia shown running. You can see that short video below so have a look and see what you think of it.
Video : OverSky Jailbreak iOS 9.3.4 in Action
Don’t get too excited at this stage; we don’t know when or if OverSky will be released as a usable jailbreak and we don’t know how the jailbreak was built – it may not be a safe enough method for us to use. We also don’t know what plans Pangu has as they tend to keep very close-mouthed when it comes to jailbreaking, preferring to release their utilities without any fanfare or prior warning.
Apple is Buying Jailbreak Exploits :
The other thing that could cause a huge obstacle to teams like Pangu is the start of a Bug Bounty program by Apple [ext link]. In return for cash rewards of up to $200,000 developers are being urged to give Apple any exploits that they find and no doubt there will be developers who are reeled in by the thought of the money. This means that there could be fewer exploits for teams like Pangu to use in the future and that could lead to even fewer jailbreaks.
iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak Release Date :
So, if you have PPHelper on your iOS device, do not upgrade to iOS 9.3.4. If you already have, sorry but you have lost the chance to downgrade – Apple has now ceased signing of iOS 9.3.3 and there is no way back. All you can do is wait for the iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak to be released.