Last week, the Chinese Pangu team released a jailbreak tool for Apple’s iOS 9.2- 9.3.3. It’s been one of the more interesting Jailbreak releases, and for several reasons. The launch was surrounded by controversy as some users reported security breaches that could have been due to software included with the final release.
It was also a semi-tethered jailbreak, meaning that every time you power off your device, you’d have to run an app loaded on to it to re-jailbreak it – not ideal. As opposed to an untethered jailbreak, where your device is permanently jailbroken, unless you restore your iPhone of course. Finally, the tool involved the use of certificates and unless you have an iOS developer version to hand, the jailbreak would only last for seven days before you had to run the app again.
Things have calmed down a bit since then and the team has released a new tool, which is installed using software from the creator of the jailbreak app store Cydia, which has no additional software and is in English – no security issues have been reported so far either, although the community is somewhat skeptical that the handful of reports last time were directly due to the jailbreak anyway.
More importantly, Apple has released iOS 9.3.4 and this does indeed patch the exploit used in the latest jailbreak. In fact, Apple has even listed Pangu in iOS 9.3.4′s release notes:
This means that once Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.3, which will happen in a matter of days, that will be the end of jailbreaking – at least until a new tool is released, but this could be a very long time indeed. Below you’ll see a full guide on how to use the new v1.1 tool, to make sure it’s signed for a year instead of seven days, and even how to roll back from iOS 9.3.4 to iOS 9.3.3 so you can jailbreak.