Shortly after PPHelper jailbreak was released by Pangu and Assistant, Apple went ahead and patched it with iOS 9.3.4 firmware, effectively shutting off the jailbreak route for anyone who updated their iOS device. And, if you did update, you have just lost your chance to downgrade again as Apple is no longer signing iOS 9.3.3 firmware. However, we do have a glimmer of hope for you in terms of an iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak.
Image : iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak – OverSky Jailbreak Video
While we don’t actually have a working jailbreak at present, there is proof of the fact that there are exploits available. Two developers have produced photographic and video proof of iOS 9.3.4 jailbroken. First up we have Luca Todesco, an Italian hacker who is famed for providing proof of jailbreaks without actually releasing them. He has uploaded a photograph to his Twitter account showing iOS 9.3.4 jailbroken on an iPhone.
Second, we have a security research assistant, Min Zheng, who has just uploaded a video to his Twitter account [ext link]. The video shows Cydia being installed and then run on an iPhone with proof being provided that it is running on iOS 9.3.4. He has called his jailbreak OverSky and you can see the video below.
Video : OverSky Jailbreak in Action
Now, although Pangu is looking into a jailbreak for iOS 9.3.4 and although we have these two pieces of proof what we don’t have is a working jailbreak. We also don’t know what actually went into the OverSky Jailbreak and whether it was a safe method so, until such time as Zheng decides to release it as a working utility, we are stuck with PPHelper on iOS 9.3.3. Pangu has been keeping quiet on their progress but they rarely advertise what they are doing in terms of jailbreaking – the less ammunition Apple has, the more chance we have of a successful jailbreak being released.
Apple is Buying Jailbreak Exploits :
Talking of ammunition, the Cupertino company has stepped up their game in the great jailbreak battle. They have just started a new program called Bug Bounty [ Apple – ext link] and, for generous rewards of up to $200,000, they are asking developers to hand over any exploits that they find. The more Apple has, the less there are for the jailbreakers to use and it could be that the lure of the money prove too much for some developers to ignore.
Prepare for iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak :
With iOS 10 due for public release in just a few weeks, it remains to be seen whether Pangu does release an iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak or whether they hang back and wait for the next generation of firmware. Either way, the only way to retain your jailbreak is to not update to iOS 9.3.4 until we give you go ahead and to download Cydia Eraser, just in case things go wrong and you need to restore your iOS device.