iOS 9.3.4 has been released just a couple of weeks after iOS 9.3.3 but, rather than bringing us any new features or fixing any more bug, it has been release for one reason only – to kill off the latest iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. The release notes state that the update is for security issues and the security document confirms that the exploit used in the new jailbreak have indeed been patched. PPHelper jailbreak has only been live for a short while and it was produced by Pangu and PP Assistant to jailbreak iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3.3.
Image : Pangu 9.3.4
Should I Update to iOS 9.3.4 ?
Not if you don’t want to lose your jailbreak. If you haven’t actually installed the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak yet, then now is as good a time as any to do it. Do be sure to read the guidance first because not everyone is going to be able to install PPHelper – those on Mac OS or with a 32-bit device are going to be disappointed. We do expect Pangu to release a Mac version soon and when it’s here, we’ll let you know but, to install the Windows version of PPHelper, you can follow our detailed guide.
If you have already updated your device to iOS 9.3.4 download [ext link], you can downgrade iOS 9.3.4 to iOS 9.3.3 [ext link] but be quick about it because, very soon, Apple is going to stop signing the older firmware. Normally, they give you a week or two in which to update and downgrade again, just in case there is a problem but, allowing for the fact that iOS 9.3.4 is only for patching the jailbreak, they could pull the plug a good deal sooner.
Can We Jailbreak iOS 9.3.4 ?
At this stage, the only official public jailbreak is PPHelper for iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3.3. However, Pangu is currently working hard on investigating iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak [updated] and are working on building a new jailbreak called Pangu 9.3.4. We don’t expect it to be released immediately but, as soon as it is ready, we’ll give you the download links and an installation guide.
There are those who think that Apple is way ahead of the jailbreak community now and one developer said that Apple had already patched PPHelper in the iOS 10 betas, admitting that he was surprised Apple had taken so long to release iOS 9.3.4 to patch it.
That same developer, Luca Todesco, has now discovered that perhaps Apple didn’t patch everything up after all. He has tweeted a photo of an iPhone 6S [image below] that is jailbroken on iOS 9.3.4. The Italian developer and hacker is currently at DEF CON, the biggest underground hacking conference in the world and this is not the first time that he has shown s evidence of jailbreaks where the other team comes up with nothing. However, no matter how many of these jailbreaks he shows off, he never releases a single one of them to the public. That said, it does give us more hope that Pangu will be successful with their next jailbreak utility and they will release theirs to us.
iOS 9.3.4 Jailbreak Release Date :
Although PPHelper wasn’t the best jailbreak when it was first released, it has received a number of updates since that have cleared it up and turned it into something worth using. However, it is only a semi-untethered jailbreak and it does only support the 64-bit devices; Pangu has admitted that it will not be making it fully untethered and it will not be making it available to 32-bit devices but, what they don’t say is whether this is going to be the future of jailbreaking.
Image : Pangu 9.3.4
While we wait for news on Pangu 9.3.4, the advice we have is simple:
- Don’t update to iOS 9.3.4 unless you have no intention of jailbreaking.
- If you want to jailbreak using PPHelper and are on iOS 9.2 upwards, you can go ahead and use our PPHelper installation guide. If you are still on iOS 9.1, using the earlier jailbreak, you should update to iOS 9.3.3 firmware using the IPSW and iTunes method and then install PPHelper.
- When you have installed the jailbreak go into Cydia and download the latest version of Cydia Impactor – this will allow you to restore to factory settings if needed without losing your jailbreak.