While iOS jailbreaking has been in the decline in the past few years, it still has a sizeable amount of devoted followers. As a result, jailbreaks keep on being developed and now, there’s very real possibility that iOS 12.0.1 will receive a jailbreak in the near future!
What do we know? What’s so special about an iOS 12 jailbreak?
The wait for @umanghere’s iOS 12 exploits started this September when he tweeted about his intention to release them sometime after iOS 12.1’s release. Yesterday, Apple released iOS 12.1 after the “There’s more in the making” event and this sparked a great deal of hype around umang’s exploit.
It’ll take longer for iOS 12.1 to get a jailbreak so rush back to iOS 12.0.1 ASAP if you want to jailbreak your device!
After a few hours of iOS 12.1’s release, he tweeted that his exploits are alive and well on iOS 12.0/12.0.1 and 12.1 BUT the latter broke his / (root partition) remounting code. As a result, he will now be focusing on creating (or perfecting) a jailbreak for iOS 12.0/12.0.1 since the aforementioned “/” remount (as Read/Write) code is a pretty fundamental part of any jailbreak that requires a substantial amount of work to create again once it’s broken.
If you haven’t jailbroken for a while, you’ll be asking yourself about why there’s so much hype about an iOS 12 jailbreak being released and these are some of the reasons:
iOS 12 is much faster and more stable than iOS 11 especially on older devices.
iOS 11 jailbreaks had some substantial issues for some people which made the overall jailbreaking experience on iOS 11 somewhat painful.
People who skipped iOS 11 (which was a good choice) are on iOS 9/10 and these versions are gradually losing app support. Due to this, many people are looking towards updating their device to a more recent version of iOS with better app support.
Umanghere is a pretty well-known developer in the jailbreak community and he helped significantly in making the root (/) remount code for Electra1131. It is true that he didn’t fully deliver on his Libertas jailbreak bypass tweak but he may pick up work on that again some day.
What should I do now?
iOS 12 works very well on older devices like the iPad Air and it’s quite tempting to upgrade but make sure you think twice before doing so!
Depending on which iOS version you are on right now, there are different courses of action you should pursue right now:
If you’re on iOS 12.1, go back to iOS 12.0.1 since it is still signed as of writing this article (October 31, 2018) but this may change soon
You can use the Shift-Update method with the IPSW on iTunes if you don’t want to lose your data 😉
If you’re on iOS 12.0.1, stay there and preferably install the tvOS 12 beta profile so that you don’t get nagged about updating your device to iOS 12.1
If you’re on iOS 12.0, it’s safe to update to iOS 12.0.1 as it has no major changes since it’s mostly a bug fix release
If you’re on iOS 11.4/11.4.1, it may be wise to stay there since an RCE bug that could lead to code being executed with kernel privileges was just released
That being said, interest will soon shift to the iOS 12 jailbreaking scene and iOS 11 performs quite poorly on older devices so it may be better if you update to iOS 12.0.1 in the long run
Note: FutureRestore breaks FaceID on iPhones that have it even if the SEP is compatible so think twice before missing this opportunity to update to iOS 12!
To get more information and updates about the upcoming iOS 12 jailbreak, you should follow Umang on Twitter (even though he said he won’t be giving any updates till he’s fully finished with his jailbreak) and check this website. As always, don’t ask for ETAs but it’s probably safe to assume that a release is coming soon!
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