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iOS 8.2 and 8.3 Jailbreak Update; iOS 8.4 Release Date News and Rumors

( [email protected] ) May 23, 2015 06:40 PM EDT
Jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch has become a tradition for some Apple users, but for some reason, that iOS 8.2 and higher has not been cracked yet with any official rollout.  Some are hoping that versions iOS 8.4 or even iOS 9 might give jailbreakers the release date that they have been craving.
Apple's iOS 8.1.3 is still frustrating Apple fans, but a new update may be coming this month. Photo: The Fuse Joplin

Jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch has become a tradition for some Apple users, but for some reason, that iOS 8.2 and higher has not been cracked yet with any official rollout.  Some are hoping that versions iOS 8.4 or even iOS 9 might give jailbreakers the release date that they have been craving. 

According to The Latino Post, jailbreakers might not release the iOS 8.2 or 8.3 jailbreak tool as yet, as popular jailbreakers TaiG and Pangu are waiting for the software update before attempting a jailbreak on iOS 8.3. 

Yibada reports that the release date for the iOS 8.3 or 8.4 jailbreak may no longer happen as it seems impossible for the Chinese developers TaiG and Pangu to penetrate the security of Apple's iOS.  Apparently, the security features of 8.2 and 8.3 are very difficult, and it is impossible to update to 8.2 and users must be updated straight to iOS 8.3.  Jailbreak developers have noted that 39 security bugs in Apple iOS 8.3, and it has undergone one of the biggest security patches in recent memory. 

Some experts are saying that the updated iOS 8.4 could be impossible to jailbreak, according to the Day Herald.  Apparently, iOS 8.4 could bring many improvements and features, and the vulnerability and security issues could be fixed.  It has been said that iOS 8.4 will launch when Apple holds there World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), which will run from June 8 to June 12, 2015.   

It is possible that it might take until iOS 9 before jailbreaking happens, as it seems that iOS 8.3 seems completely ineffective against jailbreaking attempts.  As far as iOS 9 is concerned, we are probably going to see that very soon.  As Apple will have their WWDC conference soon, they might announce the newest version of their operating system, and then a beta version would become available to developers. 

There has been reports on 9 to 5 Mac that Apple could be working on a new Kernel level security feature known as "Rootless" that is going to really make jailbreaking a difficult affair.  Rootless is a kernel-level feature for both OS X and iOS to prevent malware, increase the safety of extensions, and preserve the security of sensitive data.    

An interesting report from iDigitalTimes talks about how a reliable but anonymous source has stated that both the iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 jailbreak has actually been achieved, but it was held from release because there were key vulnerabilities patched on iOS 8.4 betas.  Should that iOS 9 jailbreak be as difficult as predicted, then there might be a release of the iOS 8.2 and 8.3 jailbreak soon. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the process of jailbreaking, it is a way of removing the restrictions of iOS (the closed source operating system on Apple devices) on their mobiles such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.  According to iPhone hacks, there is no current tool to jailbreak iOS 8.2, but if you want to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 or lower, that is quite possible.  Apple patched most of the vulnerabilities used by jailbreakers TaiG and PPJailbreak for version 8.1.3, and they have carried over to version 8.2. 

There are reports that a hacker named Stefan Esser, also known as i0n1c, has been able to develop untethered jailbreaks for both versions 8.3 and 8.4 of iOS.  Esser doesn't plan on releasing this jailbreak to the public, but he has a proof of concept iOS 8.4 beta 1 jailbreak, found right after the SyScan security conference. 

The fact that i0n1c hasn't released the iOS 8.4 jailbreak does arouse suspicion, as there still is no confirmation on the iOS 8.3 jailbreak release date.  Gotta Be Mobile reports that if jailbreak developers wait until Apple releases the iOS 8.4 update, then the jailbreak for it will probably last longer as iOS 8.4 could be the last major update before Apple releases iOS 9. 

So what will probably happen is that iOS 8.4 will drop around WWDC, and so will the jailbreak.  After that, it will be good for jailbreakers until iOS9.  Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users should be advised not attempt jailbreaks on their own as it can lead to various unwanted software being downloaded on their favorite Apple devices.