The jailbreaking community is now checking out the recently released jailbreak tool from Chinese hacking group Pangu Team. The tool is for Apple's iOS 9.3.3. However, the Cupertino-based tech firm rolled out an update that would squash the security bug.
Now here's the latest about iOS 9.3 jailbreak release date, update and how to install.
Pangu's iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak tool supports Windows computers and is compatible with 64-bit iOS devices. Owners of iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, iPad Mini 2, Mini 3, iPad Air, Air 2, iPad Pro and iPad Touch can install the latest jailbreak tool. The tool, known as PPHelper, is in Chinese version with instructions written in Chinese. However, Pangu assures fans that an English version will be released very soon.
PPHelper is considered as "semi-tethered" jailbreak, meaning it is somewhere in the middle of tethered and untethered jailbreak. For those unfamiliar with the terms, tethered means users must re-enable the jailbreak through a computer each time to boot up their device, while untethered means the jailbreak can run again without the help of a computer.
Meanwhile, on Thursday Apple released the iOS 9.3.4 to address a problem where an "application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges," Apple's support page wrote. That means the Cupertino company wants to protect its users from hackers who can control iOS devices.
Apple discourages its users to jailbreak iOS devices. The company warns that jailbreaking can make devices more susceptible to security vulnerabilities. In addition, it shortens the battery life of gadgets and users can't install future updates.
Jailbreaking is like a race between hackers and Apple. Hacking groups like Pangu and Taig continually attempt to beat Apple by finding exploits in the latest version of iOS. In the next iOS version, Apple then tries to cover the security holes found by the hackers.
Jailbreak tools are popular because it allows users to customize their iOS devices and run unsupported apps, bypassing Apple's restrictions. As an exchange, it exposes devices to virus and hacking programs.
According to Apple's App Store distribution page, 86% percent of all iOS devices run on iOS 9. The current iOS 9.3.4 might be the latest version of iOS 9.0. The next major release of the operating system, iOS 10, is scheduled to become available in September.