iPhone users have been waiting for a jailbreak for the latest iOS versions for many months now, but it turns out that the release of a Pangu tool is just around the corner, according to a tweet posted by the team earlier today.
The new jailbreak will be available for devices running iOS 9.2 to 9.3.3, and Pangu says that its debut will take place soon, though there arethat some Chinese users have already managed to download it. And English version, however, is not yet available, so an official announcement for Pangu should set things straight in this case.
The Pangu Team, which also showed Cydia running on iOS 10 beta, hinting that a full jailbreak could be released shortly after Apple pushes out the next version of iOS in September, says the existing jailbreak only works on 64-bit devices.
iPhone 5s and newer, iPhone SE, iPod Touch 6G, iPad mini 2 and newer, and even the iPad Pro will be supported by Pangu’s new jailbreak, an updated FAQ on the officialreveals.
“Due to the model change of jailbreak, some tweaks may not be able to work on iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3, and even brick your iOS devices. Be cautious with the tweaks you want to install, and make sure you already made a full backup of your iOS devices,” the team explains, adding that they have already tested the jailbreak on all supported devices, and everything worked smoothly.
For the moment, it’s not yet known when the release will take place, but since Pangu has said “soon,” we shouldn’t have to wait too long for it.
Is jailbreaking still needed?
Now the biggest question when hearing such news is how many users are still willing to jailbreak their devices. Back in the days when the iPhone 3G and 3GS were super popular, jailbreaking was a pretty common thing to do for users, but the community has slowly lost interest as new iPhones arrived.
This isn’t necessarily related to Apple’s anti-jailbreaking measures, although the many months between releases certainly contribute to more users deciding to stay away from these unlocking methods, but because Apple itself updated iOS with many tweaks inspired from the jailbreaking world.
Of course, there still are apps that remain exclusive to jailbroken iPhones, and this is what keeps this community alive. For the moment, at least.