Apple’s mobile platform has continuously grown more and more capable over the years. iOS continues to get exciting new features with each new update, enhancing in-built functionality for end users and offering plenty of new APIs for developers. Of course, there are some areas where Apple will likely never budge, and more enthusiastic iPhone and iPad users get around those limitations by jailbreaking their iOS devices.
That’s why new software releases are so bittersweet for hardcore users who jailbreak their devices. On the one hand, it means new features are coming. But on the other, it means they cannot update their devices with the new software until an associated jailbreak is released to the public.
Well, we have good news, jailbreakers: The wait for a public iOS 10 jailbreak might not be very long at all.
There is an ongoing cat and mouse game between the jailbreak community and Apple.
Each new iOS release plugs holes present in earlier released, which in turn often prevent current jailbreak methods from working on new iOS builds. Then the various programmers active in the jailbreak community go on a fresh new hunt for exploits, and eventually a new jailbreak is released for the latest version of iOS.
iOS 10 marks the next stage of this ongoing battle and from the looks of things, it won’t be much of a fight. Apple’s new iOS 10 software won’t be released to the general public until sometime this coming September, but it looks like a team of Chinese iOS hackers called Pangu have already managed to jailbreak iOS 10.
The second iOS 10 beta was just released on Tuesday but even before Apple’s second developer release, Pangu had cracked into iOS 10. During the Mobile Security Conference (MOSEC) in China last week, Pangu team members gave a presentation that covered a number of security issues surrounding iOS. At the end of the presentation, as noted in a recent blog post by Stephen Chan, the team showed a slide that included a screenshot of Cydia installed on iOS 10.
Cydia is the jailbreak community’s version of the iOS App Store, and it can only be installed on a device that is jailbroken.