Can iPhones Get Viruses: Myth or Reality?

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For some reason or another we’ve always believed that iPhone devices were immune to malware and viruses. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed over the past year that hackers have now started taking an interest in our mobile terminals. This is probably not surprising. But, why not?

Well, stop for just a moment and consider how much time you spend on your iPhone. There’s your email, contact information for family and friends, personal photos, your exact GPS location, and probably a whole lot more – all readily available for access on your mobile device.

So, let’s start with your email, and consider what lands in your email box: there are bills from insurance carriers and utilities, financial communications and statements from your credit cards and bank, and not forgetting all your personal emails. With so much information available to a hacker, it’s not difficult at all for them to access your online accounts and request new passwords. And, when you request a new password, where does that request go? Yes, that’s right – they go straight to your email Inbox, where the hacker is sitting, waiting for this information to arrive. With all this information at hand, the hacker now has easy access to your online and financial data: they now have the capacity to steal your identity, wipe your existing accounts and create new ones, and chalk up thousands of dollars in new debt which ultimately shows up on your credit report. And, remember that your lenders will expect you repay these debts.

This is very scary stuff, and the reality is that a virus on your iPhone provides hackers with virtually unlimited access to your life. So, are you suddenly concerned at what you’re hearing? I hope so, because you should be very concerned!

As our iPhone’s have improved in sophistication, most users have perhaps become a little blasé about the security stored on their devices.

Do you remember earlier this fall in Hong Kong when protesters were targeted by malware that infected their iPhones? This virus was quite capable of stealing call logs, passwords, text messages, photos, GPS locations, and other forms of data from Apple mobile devices. One can only imagine how valuable this virus must have been to a Government trying to control these protesters.

Code-named Xsser, this malware was technically a Trojan horse. A link to this malware was sent as an anonymous message to WhatsApp users, and came disguised as an app to help coordinate Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong.

This virus attack shows just how simple it can be for social engineering to steal important information from iOS users. And in case you’re wondering, the words ‘social engineering‘ are just fancy words used by hackers and security experts to mean “tricking users to steal their information.”

In this particular situation, the hackers successfully tagged along on a huge newsworthy event which, in this case was a political protest, in order to gain their victims’ trust; however, it could well be something quite innocent such as a trade-show or a sporting event. The unknowing user then innocently installs the malicious app (malware), completely unaware that they’re also opening the door wide open to their own personal and private data.

So, What is a Malware?

The word ‘malware’ is a portmanteau of ‘malicious’ and ‘software’– it refers to any software that forces access to, disrupts the otherwise normal operation of, and/or gathers data from a device – generally with damaging consequences.

Malware can behave in various ways, and the severity of the infection varies as well. Variants such as Aussie-specific Torrentlocker and Cryptolocker encrypt files, then force their victims to pay a ransom in order to have their files returned. Other variants capture every key-press, then relay it to a hacker who devours the information searching for credit card details, usernames and passwords.

These malicious software varieties have always been associated with desktop operating systems. And strangely, iOS has always avoided being part of it. You may be wondering why? And the answer is that Apple have used some very clever design choices.

But what happens when you’re completely unaware that you’ve been tricked into installing malware and it’s stealing your personal data: is there any way of knowing if your iPhone has been infected?

We’re certainly not denying that the virus attack on the protesters in Hong Kong was really scary; however, there is something that every victim did which allowed the hackers to achieve their goals. The mistake they made is that they downloaded and installed an app from somewhere other than Apple’s official App Store.

It’s pretty common knowledge to anyone who uses Apple devices that Apple runs a tight ecosystem. Apple hardware only uses iOS, and the Apple App Store is the only place to purchase apps; that is, unless your iPhone device has been jailbroken.

What Does Jailbreaking Mean?

Jailbreaking is a means of unlocking under-the-hood options on iOS devices, allowing techies and tinkerers to alter options on their device.
You’re obviously aware that your iPhone is capable of some pretty amazing feats. Did you know that the iPhone you carry around with you has more computing power than the computers that put man on the moon?

But there are always going to be those people who want more from their iPhone’s. When you first purchase your new iPhone you’ll see that it comes preloaded with programs and apps that are difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Some users simply become very frustrated with their iPhone, while others look for a way around these restrictions. Jailbreaking your iPhone is the perfect method for getting around these software restrictions.

Unfortunately, jailbreaking your iPhone could do a lot more damage than you’re prepared for. Let’s take a look at the Hong Kong protesters for example: they unknowingly installed an app that shared all their personal information with the hackers who, for all intents and purposes, could well have been Government agents cracking down on the protest.
So our first recommendation here is that you think long and hard before jailbreaking your iPhone. But it’s not as simple as that. Even non-jailbroken stock Apple devices have become vulnerable to hackers.

News broke in November last year that a new threat known as WireLurker was capable of infecting stock Apple devices.

WireLurker rather cleverly infects either a Macintosh OS X desktop or laptop computer – Apple computers don’t have their security locked down very well – then just waits patiently for an iPhone to be connected to the computer via a USB cord. Once the connection has been made, the malware is installed on the mobile device and the hacker now has easy access to steal personal data and information.

Within 24 hours Apple had responded to the WireLlurker threat with updates that supposedly block the infection’s access to the iOS.

Apple also moved quickly to update the XProtect malware scanning system that’s built into Mac computers in order to detect any WireLurker installers hiding in (what look like) legitimate programs.

If you try to open potentially risky programs that have been identified by Apple, and you have these protections in place, you’ll receive a warning from OS X recommending that you don’t run the program because it contains known malware.

Sadly, in the months before it was discovered, apps infected by WireLurker were downloaded on iOS devices at least 350,000 times.

How Do I Know if My iPhone Has a Virus?

We’ll break this question into two sections. The first is – what have you done with your iPhone; and the second is what symptoms does it have, if any?

The first question to ask is – has your iPhone been jailbroken? Devices that have been jailbroken bypass Apple’s tight security, thus leaving your device exposed to hackers: you won’t have to be a protester in Hong Kong to be hacked. If you make the decision to jailbreak your iPhone, you need to be extra careful when it comes to viruses and malware!

Next – is your iPhone showing any symptoms of infection? At this point in time there are no obvious symptoms of a WireLurker infection. However, we do know that virus-infected apps will become unstable and crash, or display other odd behavior while they’re running. Of course we’ve all installed quirky apps in the past, and they’re not necessarily a sign of malware infection. But, if you’ve run apps from risky websites or third-party app stores and they’re not running the way you anticipated, we strongly recommend that you be very cautious (and suspicious).

Viruses and Malware a Threat to iPhone?

So yes, your iPhone can become infected with malware. Realistically though, this is only possible if you jailbreak your iPhone. Don’t jailbreak it if you’re looking for a secure phone. Read into hardening if you’re looking for a super-secure iPhone.

Don’t panic if you believe that your iPhone may be infected with virus! But still, don’t take any unnecessary chances. Instead, simply follow our instructions below to wipe your device clean – now you can start over with factory settings.

  • Back-up your iPhone, including all your personal data, by using iCloud
  • Next, go to Settings – General – Reset
  • In order to clear all apps and data from your terminal, tap ‘Erase All Content and Settings
  • Now you need to restart your iPhone, and set it up again
  • Once you’ve set-up your iPhone, sign into iCloud and restore your backed up data
  • You can now download your apps from the App Store, if you so desire

Another method of factory-resetting your device is to attach your iPhone to your Mac and use the Re-store iPhone button in iTunes. The idea behind these steps is that you’ll be able to clear out all compromised programs from your device and replace them with new copies. You may lose some application settings, but your files and data should all be preserved.

Of course you can always take your iPhone to Apple’s Genius Bar if you believe that restoring your phone to factory settings didn’t work. The Genius Bar has system scanning software that’s able to detect and remove any hidden files like a virus or malware.

iOS 9.2 Jailbreak Status [Update]

When Apple released iOS 9.2, it came with some new features, a bug fix, and a handful of security fixes; but the real question most users want answered is: When will we see an iOS 9.2 jailbreak? This is the latest information we have to offer on an iOS 9.2 jailbreak:

We know that, in October, Pangu released a jailbreak for iOS 9.0, but because iOS 9.1 was released so soon afterwards, it killed the jailbreak for users who updated to that new version. Since that time we have yet to see the release of a newer jailbreak, but now that iOS 9.2 is out we’re very hopeful that we’ll see one soon.

We found it strange that Pangu released their jailbreak when they did, when most users new that iOS 9.1 was just around the corner; however, at that time the jailbreak had already been patched up in iOS 9.1 beta, so at that point the jailbreak release was warranted.

So, now that the new update is out, here are some things you should know about an iOS 9.2 jailbreak if you’re interested.

Don’t Update to iOS 9.2

To begin with, it’s important to remember that if your device is currently jailbroken, you shouldn’t update to iOS 9.2 straight away: if you do, you’ll lose your jailbreak, plus you won’t be able to downgrade to iOS 9.0.

Of course, if you’re having issues with iOS 9.1, you could always take the risk and update to iOS 9.2 right now and take advantage of the bug fixes and new features. As long as you understand that you’ll lose your jailbreak; but we are very hopeful that an iOS 9.2 jailbreak will be released very soon so it shouldn’t be too long before you’d be able to re-jailbreak.

Jailbreak Rumors

iOS hackers like Taig and Pangu very rarely share their jailbreaking progress, so no-one is entirely sure what stage they’re at: Perhaps an iOS 9.2 jailbreak exists, or maybe it doesn’t; either way you won’t know until Pangu opens the box.

Rumor has it that Pangu actually has an iOS 9.2 jailbreak working right now, and that they won’t release it until they have access to a final version of iOS 9.2 to check if it patches the jailbreak exploits.

Obviously we’re not taking this rumor too seriously, particularly when we consider that new jailbreak rumors are always just that – rumors! Developers never discuss their jailbreaking progress, and that includes Pangu.

But, it’s probably quite true that Taig and/or Pangu are currently working on a jailbreak for iOS 9.2, so if you hear rumors saying that an iOS 9.2 jailbreak will be released shortly, then it’s probably quite true.

However, we don’t have a definite release date for a new jailbreak, especially one for an iOS 9.2 jailbreak. So it’s probably safe to say at this point that someone is definitely working on a new jailbreak, but we have no official word as to when we might see it.

Jailbreak iOS 9.0.2 Ready for Mac Users

We know that the iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak has been out for a few weeks now, but the good news is that Pangu Team has just released an iOS 9 jailbreak tool for Mac: this means that OS X users can jailbreak their iPhone’s without having to use a Windows PC.

This iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak comes almost a month after iOS 9 was initially released, thus it’s become one of the quickest jailbreak releases we’ve ever seen for a major version of iOS.

iOS 9 has basically the same overall look and design as iOS 8, with just some minor changes that you may or may not even notice: however, the new version of iOS arrives with some great new features – including transit directions in Apple Maps, Spotlight Search improvements, and Split View multitasking on the iPad.

One of the biggest downsides to the just-released jailbreak for iOS 9.0.2 has been the fact that there’s been no Mac version of the free jailbreak tool. Until today, iPhone users could only jailbreak on a Windows PC, because the only tool available was a Windows version.

Today that’s no longer the case, and Mac users can now actually jailbreak their iPhone’s on their OS X machines.

So, if you’re ready, you can get started right now and grab the jailbreak on your Mac; but remember that you must back up your iPhone first. This should be a simple and quick process. And the best bit is that, once you’re done, you’ll have the freedom to tweak your smart- phone way beyond what’s officially allowed by Apple.

When it comes to jailbreaking your device you won’t see many differences between the Mac and Window versions, except that the installation process of the jailbreak tool for Mac uses a .DMG file, whereas Windows uses a .EXE. Remembering, of course, that the tool doesn’t actually install onto your computer anyway.

We are always intrigued by the fact that new jailbreak releases are usually designed for Windows only. Maybe it easier to develop the jailbreak tool on Windows, although we don’t understand why a jailbreak tool designed for an Apple product wouldn’t work on Mac straight away. Anyway, that’s not usually the case.

At this point in time, unfortunately, the latest version of iOS 9.1 is not jailbreakable. We’ve just seen the recent release of iOS 9.1, but this update patched the iOS 9.02 jailbreak; meaning that we must wait for a new jailbreak before jailbreakers are able to update to iOS 9.1. At the moment we have no idea when that might be, but (like you) we’re hoping we won’t have to wait too long before the release of a jailbreak for iOS 9.1.

iOS 9.1 Jailbreak: Current Status and Solutions

iOS 9.1 has just been released! However, if your intention is to jailbreak iOS 9.1 on your iPhone then don’t rush into anything just yet, because this latest version it’s not jailbreakable.

We now know that Apple patched up the iOS 9 jailbreak exploits in iOS 9.1: this means that, at this point you can’t jailbreak iOS 9.1. What it does mean, though, is that if you haven’t already done so you should update to iOS 9.0.2, and that way you’ll still be able to jailbreak.

We know that right now Pangu is probably looking for exploits to dig into in iOS 9.1, so it’s quite possible that in the near future they could release a jailbreak for iOS 9.1. However, at this point in time iOS 9.1 cannot be jailbroken.

Of course, none of this is surprising to us because Apple is very effective at patching up these types of exploits, so when a jailbreak is released it’s generally a safe bet that the next iOS update will successfully patch up the jailbreak exploits that were used.

Don’t forget, though, that you can still update to iOS 9.0.2, regardless of the fact that iOS 9.1 is already out. Apple still retains the old versions of iOS signed for a couple of weeks following the release of a new update.

When you do this, the process is different to just updating to a new iOS version, meaning that you’ll have to completely factory-wipe your device, then restore a backup to retrieve all your apps and settings.

It was just a few days prior to the release of the iPhone 6s that iOS 9 was initially released. With the iOS 9 jailbreak being released last week, it’s one of the quickest jailbreak releases we’ve experienced for a whole new version of iOS in a long time.

At this point the iOS 9 jailbreak is not 100%, particularly when it comes to jailbreak tweaks. There are still a few that don’t work with the iOS 9 jailbreak. However, we believe the developers will get around to updating these tweaks within the next few weeks.

If you’ve never jailbroken a device before and are inexperienced with iOS, then jailbreaking may not be for you, because things can (and do) go wrong when people are jailbreaking and installing tweaks.

But, there are many benefits to jailbreaking. There are many iOS Cydia tweaks available for users to download, thus improving the iOS experience by getting rid of annoying features and adding new beneficial ones. One huge benefit is that there are tweaks that deliver iOS 9 – exclusive features to older iPhone’s in addition to iPhone 6s – only features that can be installed by users on their older device, which is pretty amazing.

It still looks as though we’ll have to survive without an iOS 9.1 jailbreak for the short-term, certainly until Pangu comes up with a new exploit: they’re most likely looking into this right now in the fifth beta, which is probably the last one we’ll see for iOS 9.1.

We heard rumors yesterday pointing to an iOS 9.1 release, but unfortunately they turned out to be just that – rumors. But we are seeing the arrival of the update today, in time for the release of the iPad Pro; which is said to launch with iOS 9.1 out-of-the-box. Now that iOS 9.1 is officially out, this makes sense.

We always expected iOS 9.1 would arrive before the iPad Pro, because Apple usually allows a few days between releasing an update and the hardware that the update is shipping on. It’s expected that the iPad Pro will release later this month, and become available in-store early next month.

Update – Or Not and Lose Jailbreak?

So, the real question is whether you should update your jailbroken iPhone to iOS 9.1, thus losing your jailbreak, or not?.

In our opinion, the new features in iOS 9.1 are not worth losing your jailbreak over. And remember that you can probably get most of the new features through jailbreak tweaks. There are, though, some tweaks that offer exclusive features to older iPhone’s, like 3D Touch and Live Photos.

In addition, there are some tweaks for the iPad; offering Split View multitasking to older iPad’s, because this feature is officially only available on the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2.

Fingers crossed that an iOS 9.1 jailbreak arrives very soon, because we know there must be many users anxiously waiting to jailbreak their new iPad Pro tablets.

Yalu iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak Ready for Advanced Users

iOS hacker Luca Todesco aka @qwertyoruiop, has just announced the release of the source code called “Yalu”, for jailbreaking iOS 8.4.1. Yalu comes with the following tag-line – ‘source code of an incomplete jailbreak for iOS 8.4.1’.

Jailbreak fans should be aware that the untethered code is still a work in progress and that Yalu is only constrained to a tethered jailbreak. Also revealed in the source code information is that the incomplete iOS 8.4.1 was co-designed by Kim Jong Cracks, who is responsible for adding the sandbox bypass with LPE to root functionality.

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Advanced jailbreak users are now able to download and use the source code to create an executable file, which, besides providing tethered jailbreaks on iOS 8.4.1 with root access, also has the ability to install OpenSSH on the jailbroken device. Because the jailbreak is still incomplete, Todesco has advised on Twitter that Cydia should not be installed on it.

Unless you know what you’re doing and have the technical knowledge to download and execute the code from GitHub, we strongly advise that you don’t attempt a jailbreak until a user-friendly tool has been released. In its current form, this jailbreak requires advanced knowledge of compiling then executing the source code on your device. And keep in mind that it’s still quite buggy at best and at this point doesn’t even support installing Cydia. There’s every possibility that you’ll end up doing more harm than good to your device. But, the good news is that this jailbreak is real and will arrive in the proper form very soon. So, even though we have no word on the release date of the public jailbreaking tool for iOS 8.4.1, we expect we’ll be seeing the release of a new jailbreak very soon. The following is the tweet from the Italian hacker on the current status of the iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak release.

Users keen to jailbreak their device are advised to hold off iOS 9 upgrade until advised by the jailbreak community because Apple is no longer signing iOS 8.4.1 and there’s no way back to previous versions from iOS 9. So, before you make a decision on updating or restoring your device it’s definitely preferable to wait for the experienced jailbreak developer teams like Pangu and TaiG to release a working jailbreak for either the iOS 8.4.1 or iOS 9.

As it stands at the moment, the only people with any chance of successfully jailbreaking their device on iOS 8.4.1 would be experienced iOS users with technical knowledge of compiling the source code and creating an executable file. However, keep in mind that the source code is only partly functional, probably buggy, and won’t support Cydia at this time.

Apple TV 4 Jailbreak Status [Update]

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Some exciting news for jailbreakers today! The PanGu team announced via Twitter that next week they intend releasing a jailbreak for Apple TV 4 running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1. It was about three years ago that we last saw a jailbreak for Apple TV.

This jailbreak is mainly aimed at security researchers and jailbreak developers because it will only provide SSH access with no GUI-based features. But this is still great news, because it opens the door for improvements and new modifications to the new Apple TV 4. For example, apart from enjoying the new features, jailbreak developers might now be able to provide a way for users to theme the interface of the Apple TV 4.

This new PanGu jailbreak only supports Apple TV’s running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1 so you’re out of luck if your Apple TV has already been updated to tvOS 9.1 or 9.1.1. As with iOS, unfortunately you can’t downgrade to an older version of tvOS.

If you don’t know which firmware version your Apple TV 4 is running then it’s a simple matter of going to ‘General Settings’ and checking it out.

Either way, this is very exciting news and it’s going to be really interesting to see what kind of tweaks jailbreak developers will develop for the 4th generation Apple TV.


 

We’ve thought for a while now that it’s highly unlikely we’ll see a jailbreak for Apple TV 3 any time soon; but on the other hand we are still hoping it might be a possibility to jailbreak the new Apple TV 4.

It’s true that jailbreaks were possible for the first two generations of Apple TV, but we haven’t yet seen a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3. This leads to the question: ‘Will we ever see a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3‘? Twitter’s nitoTV, otherwise known as Kevin Bradley, wonders if anyone talented enough would even care about jailbreaking the Apple TV 3. This comment’s probably not unexpected, particularly knowing that the new Apple TV fourth-generation model will soon be releasing.

Apple TV 4 Jailbreak

Now that the new Apple TV 4 has been announced and unveiled, we’re quite sure that jailbreak developers must be looking over this new device with a lot of curiosity.

The most interesting aspect of the Apple TV 4 is that it’s running on a brand-new operating system. The earlier models of Apple TV ran a modified iOS version, but the new Apple TV is running what’s known as tvOS: this could still just be iOS but there’s no doubt that Apple has made considerable changes to the software side of this new model, particularly when you consider that it’s got an all-new user interface, making it highly likely that there are many changes in the code.

This new Apple TV is a complete overhaul from the previous model: it comes with motion sensors, a new remote that comes inclusive of a built-in trackpad, and a Siri button so you can do voice searches on the new box. Siri is one of the great features of the Apple TV; making it easier and quicker to search for a TV show or movie. With Siri you can even be quite specific and search for movies with a certain star – like Tom Cruise.

The user-face has also been changed; coming with a UI resembling iOS 9, but with a simpler, flatter appearance. In addition, the Apple TV has an all-new App Store for users to download third-party games and apps.

And now that we’re talking about games, there’s another new element to the Apple TV: you can turn your set-top-box into a kind-of casual gaming console. You can either buy a third-party game-pad for more control or just use the remote that’s included.

All these great new features have users getting pretty excited about the possibility of a jailbreak for Apple TV 4, particularly with the App Store where it’s possible that we’ll soon see a Cydia store release for the Apple TV. This will allow users to potentially install jailbreak tweaks on the Apple TV, not forgetting Apple TV apps that normally Apple would not allow on their streaming box.

And, there’s the possibility that we’ll see the installation of WinterBoard themes, which would allow jailbreak users to customize the interface of their Apple TV.

Naturally, all the above will depend on what jailbreak developers discover and are able to exploit with tvOS. In the past, there really wasn’t much you could do with Apple TV jailbreaks, not when compared to the iPad and iPhone. You were certainly able to install different video players allowing you to play different types of video file format, previously disallowed by Apple, but that was perhaps the main feature users could take advantage of.

That might not be the case with the Apple TV 4, because it’s quite possible that a jailbreak for the new Apple TV might bring capabilities to the set-top box that are at least equal to that of the iPad and iPhone.

However, at this point there’s been no talk of a jailbreak for Apple TV 4, even though many developers currently have the new set-top box in their possession. The reason might be that it’s quite possible most jailbreak developers don’t have the new Apple TV, and probably won’t be able to get their hands on one until it’s been officially released.

Currently there’s been no official release date for the Apple TV, except that Apple said their new box will probably release sometime this fall, but there are many, many people who are hoping there will be an announcement very soon.

iOS 9 / iOS 9.0.2 Jailbreak Roundup: Everything We Currently Know

The question is: Can I jailbreak my iOS 9 or iOS 9.0.2 on my iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad? Let’s have a look at the status of a potential jailbreak for iOS 9. The iOS 9 has arrived as the’ latest and greatest’ iOS version released to date, and it does come with a few additional features and some pretty exciting additions.

Apple have certainly put a lot of time and dedication into improving iOS, but there’s always going to be a large group of people who just can’t wait to jailbreak their iOS 9 devices and liberate them from Apple’s rules and regulations.

What we know at this point in time is that it was the TaiG team who provided the last publicly available jailbreak for iOS 8.4. Pangu is the other team renowned for jailbreaking, and they managed to liberate iOS 8.4.1, but claim that many of the vulnerabilities used in that jailbreaking process have been patched with the release of iOS 9. We haven’t yet been advised as to whether the Pangu team will package its findings on the jailbreak for iOS 8.4.1 and release it to the general public.

So, What’s Happening with iOS 9 Jailbreak?

Anyone familiar with jailbreaking probably already knows that well-known jailbreaker iH8SnOw recently uploaded a video demonstration to YouTube on his successful attempt at jailbreaking the iOS 9. Not only did the video show a jailbroken iOS 9 device, it also highlighted some very specific things, like custom boot logos running, verbose boot, and demonstrated code injection. But what we’re still unsure of is whether or not iH8SnOw will make this jailbreak available to the public. So, what does that mean for us?

Basically, what it means is that we now have to sit back and wait to see if TaiG or the Pangu team will be able to unearth the vulnerabilities and provide us with a jailbreak for the iOS 9. This is not as bad as it might sound. Just the fact that iH8SnOw has already shown us a functioning jailbreak should provide optimism that not only is it possible, it’s also possible to get this done pretty quick if they’re looking in the right places. Because iOS 9.0.2 has already been seeded to testers, it’s highly likely that Pangu and TaiG are already working on 9.0.1.

An eminent jailbreak might still be released, because iH8SnOw is still working on a fully-functional jailbreak, evidenced in his recent YouTube video. And, to further up the ante, the Zerodium team (standing for ‘zero-day acquisition platform’) recently announced a $1m bounty for the successful jailbreak of iOS 9 untethered – browser-based method.

This news has spread like wildfire through Reddit and other social networking sites, with the firm announcing very proudly that this offering would be the ‘world’s biggest zero-day bug bounty program in history’.

And so, because you know you can trust us to bring you the news as it happens, if and when we receive further information on the iOS 9 jailbreak issue, you’ll be the first to know. Stay tuned to this site.

UPDATE: iOS 9.0.2 Jailbreak for iPhone

Yes, it’s here! We were just talking about the iOS 9 jailbreak and now we discover that it appears to be legitimate: we even have a download link. At this point in time the tool is only available for Windows users. This Pangu tool for iOS 9 works with iOS 9.0, 9.01, and 9.02. At the moment there is no word on whether it works with the beta releases.

Please follow our Pangu iOS 9 jailbreak tutorial, offering step-by-step instructions on how to use this tool.

iPhone 6s Jailbreak: What We Know So Far

With the iPhone 6S releasing on 25th September, many users are already consider to jailbreak their new Apple device; so, if this is you, here’s some information that may be of interest.

During Apple’s annual fall event it announced the release of the iPhone 6S, in addition to the new Apple TV 4 and the iPad Pro. But it was the iPhone 6S that was the main event for Apple and it will be the first product to be released.

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The iPhone 6S comes with the same look and overall design as the iPhone 6, which was to be expected, because Apple’s ‘S’ design is what the company have been doing for many years, going right back to 2008 with the iPhone 3GS.

But, there are some really great features with the new iPhone 6S: it comes with a better camera, a faster processor, and a new 3D Touch display that’s quite similar to the Apple Watch’s Force Touch screen. It means users can hard-press on the screen and bring up a menu of options and actions, depending of course on the app. Alternatively, you just tap and select the app you want, and open it as usual.

It does appear that the camera will be the biggest feature of the iPhone 6S because it now sports a 12-megapixel sensor, plus it can record 4K video.

So, going back to jailbreaking. If you intend jailbreaking your new iPhone 6S here are some facts you should be aware of before you do anything too drastic.

iPhone 6s Jailbreak Status

It’s been a busy few months for jailbreakers and jailbreak developers, particularly in June with the release of the iOS 8.3 jailbreak followed by the iOS 8.4 jailbreak just a few weeks later. It just so happens that the iOS 8.4 jailbreak released only a few hours following the iOS 8.4 update release to the public, making it one of the fastest jailbreak releases we’ve seen in a long while.

But, the iOS 8.4.1 was finally released, thus patching up the iOS 8 jailbreak for good: as yet we haven’t seen the latest iOS version jailbroken but jailbreakers definitely have their sights set on the iOS 9.

iPhone 6S will be released with iOS 9; meaning that when you purchase your new device (even if it’s been pre-ordered) it will arrive with iOS 9 out of the box. iOS 9 is certainly great, but at this point in time it’s not jailbroken.

At the moment it’s only the iOS 8.4.0 and older versions that are jailbreakable, so you won’t be able to jailbreak your device if you’ve updated to iOS 8.4.1 or iOS 9. You would still be able to downgrade to iOS 8 if you updated to iOS 9, however you can only downgrade to iOS 8.4.1 because that’s the only iOS 8 version that’s been signed by Apple, but remember that soon enough the iOS 8.4.1 will go the same route.

What about a jailbreak for iOS 9? Well, we should see one hopefully within the next few months, but we haven’t heard much about it, other than a video showing an iOS 9 jailbreak from iH8snOw, a well-known jailbreaker, who most likely won’t be disclosing the exploits he used in his jailbreak.

This means that the two jailbreak teams responsible for the previous jailbreak releases, Pangu and TaiG, will have to figure out a way to crack into iOS 9.

So, the answer to the question about when we’ll see a jailbreak release for iOS 9, is that we really don’t know. Even the jailbreakers themselves probably can’t answer this question, because who really knows how long it will take to crack the iOS 9?

We also need to remember than any jailbreak for the iOS 9 must be released at the most appropriate time. By this we mean that it’s rumored that iOS 9.1 will be released when the iPad Pro is released, which will be in November. It’s very likely that jailbreak developers could be waiting until iOS 9.1 is released before releasing a jailbreak for the iOS 9. This would ensure that Apple can’t immediately patch up the jailbreak in its iOS 9.1 update, which is definitely NOT what we want.

Free Jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac using TaiG – iPhone 6 Plus,6,5s,5c,4S

Today’s video will show you guys how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 untethered on any iPhone (4s, 5, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus) natively on Mac OS using TaiG’s official jailbreak utility. Yes! TaiG is finally released the Mac adaptation of their previously Windows only utility so the same thing that applied for Windows still applies today with OS. If you’re new to jailbreaking definitely watch this video entirety, however if you’re a veteran jailbreaker there will be annotations down below at the bottom of this video that will allow you to skip ahead when you click them through certain segments.

We have a lot to mention, so first let’s get into PP Jailbreak. A jailbreaking team by the name of PP basically ported to Windows version of TiaG for Mac OS before TaiG themselves, so if you happen to jailbreak using the free PP tool I definitely recommend restoring your iPhone to iOS 8.4 and then re-jailbreaking with TaiG because it will install the official untethered package as opposed to PP’s package. This jailbreak will function on iOS 8.1.3 through 8.4 running on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus as well as iPad, iPad air, iPad Mini and last but not least the 5th generation and 6th generation iPod Touch.

How To Jailbreak iOS 8.4 for Free Using PP – iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S

This video will be showing you how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 untethered using the latest jailbreaking tool PP Jailbreak, that also work with iOS 8.3 and show you how to install Cydia. This is fully working on iOS 8.4 without any sort of issues. The PP jailbreak they’re using an unauthorized version of TaiG exploit. Of course this isn’t fair to TaiG, but it is the fastest jailbreak that is out and this video will show you how to jailbreak 8.4. Now that doesn’t mean you have any issues that just means that TaiG team didn’t let them use their exploit but they release their version of the tool anyways. Now once TaiG does release their version of the iOS 8.4 jailbreak I will update the links but for now this is the PP Jailbreak for 8.4. Now I would recommend you guys go ahead and update iOS to 8.4 in order to jailbreak.

Update: TaiG now jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac OS