The iOS 11 is the biggest thing to have come out of Apple in a long time and those users who had complained about Apple’s gradual loss of the innovative streak that originally defined them can now rest assured. There are a number of massive changes that are being brought into the new OS that will cut down on the bulk and amp up security. Which is why the question of a jailbreak looms large upon us.
iOS 11 Jailbreak: Where it stands
Soon after Apple had introduced the iOS 11 at WWDC 2017, the betas started rolling out giving those willing to try it a great preview of what is to come. However, the betas also made a powerful demonstration possible. At the Mobile Security Conference event that took place at Shanghai this year, a group of security experts demonstrated a successful jailbreak of an early iOS 11 beta. The tool that was used to succeed in the method was also used to demonstrate a successful iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak as well. So the good news was that the iOS 11 beta 2 jailbreak was certainly not a fluke.
However, no such demonstration has been made on the subsequent iOS 11 betas that were rolled out, making us question whether Apple has amped up their security to ensure that a jailbreak is not possible to execute on the final iOS 11 when it arrives on September 19. However, there is always the possibility of a successful iOS 11 jailbreak coming to fruition. The tool that was used in the demonstration was attributed to a Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab, according to a report in RedmondPie, and although it may be that they are struggling to come up with a tool that will make a jailbreak possible in the final version of the OS, someone else might end up succeeding.
What Good Would a Jailbroken iOS 11 Device Do?
A lot of people have their concerns with the process of jailbreaking, which is equivalent to rooting in an Android device. And in fact, there are certain risks associated with the process as it renders the warranty of your device void. At the same time, however, there are a great many things you will be able to do on a jailbroken iOS 11 device- such as blurring the line between which app is permitted and which isn’t. So on a jailbroken iOS 11 device, you would be able to run apps from third party sources that are generally not downloadable on an iPhone.
PlayBox HD, for instance, which is a native Android app, gives you unlimited access to entertainment. But you cannot download it on to an iPhone or iPad without a jailbreak. So in order to successfully install PlayBox on iOS 11, you would need it to be jailbroken. At the moment, the PlayBox app can only be installed on versions up to iOS 10, as anything later than that has been impossible to jailbreak (barring what was shown at the Shanghai demonstration in June 2017). Moreover, you can free up the space occupied by unnecessarily large system files that are impossible to delete on an un-jailbroken device. So as scary as it sounds, many security enthusiasts are undoubtedly holding their breath for a successful iOS 11 jailbreak.
Currently, there is no word on whether a jailbreak will arrive anytime soon from the security community. And considering that it has been nearly impossible to jailbreak versions from iOS 10.2 onwards, it can be assumed that Apple won’t make the fight an easy one to win. But anything is possible in the world of technology, and the formerly executed iOS 11 beta 2 jailbreak gives us hope.