The jailbreak community was severely discouraged by the introduction of iOS 12. Apple was against jailbreak since day one and the company continues to boost the security of the OS with each major update. The company argues that the act of jailbreaking a device will make it vulnerable to malicious attacks and users that opt to jailbreak their device will have their warranty revoked if they are caught.
The release of a developer-only jailbreak solution brought some much needed hope. Rootless JB tool is currently working on several iPhones but the solution comes with a variety of bug and is unfit for public use.
Tihmstar, a well-known contributor of the jailbreak community, has released its first iOS 12 vintex exploit. The developer tested the jailbreak on an iPhone 6 that runs iOS 12.1.2 noting that some improvements can be made to the code. Those that wish to try it are free to do so but they should keep in mind that the solution was tested on a single device. Some developers have already tried to adapt the jailbreak for other iPhone models and it seems that there is a lot of work to be done until a stable version will be available.
Rootless JB is the only jailbreak tool that is currently compatible iOS 12 and able to run on a large selection of devices, starting with the iPhone 6S and up to the iPhone X. As previously mentioned, this tool is aimed at developers and it is unable to grant root access or package manager functionality.
Some Apple fans condemn the use of jailbreak solution, accusing the jailbreaking community of piracy and ill-use of Apple’s intellectual property. Despite Apple’s protest jailbreak is legal, since the Library of Congress added an exemption to the DMCA which notes that iPhone owners are allowed to jailbreak their devices if they wish to do so. That exception was recently extended and now includes iPads.
It is likely that a stable jailbreak solution will surface in the following months.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.