It s just been a week since Apple s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went on sale in select countries, and someone has already managed to jailbreak the device. A 19-year-old developer, Luca Todesco, better known by his Twitter alias qwertyoruiopz claims to have successfully jailbroken the iPhone 7 running on iOS 10. He says it took him less than 24 hours to bypass access and get Cydia running. Todesco also posted a video demonstrating the iOS 10 jailbreak on the iPhone 7. It s a 20 second video clip that shows Cydia running on the new iPhone 7. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
Speaking to Motherboard, Todesco mentioned that Apple has made the iOS jailbreak process harder with the iPhone 7. However, it does have some loopholes. They definitely made my life harder. The iPhone 7 is a step in the right direction. Obviously it s not 100 percent secure like nothing else is, Todesco said. Being able to have access to the hardest target among mobile targets is very useful. Having a jailbroken phone is useful to do live debugging and find even more bugs. he added. Todesco also posted a screenshot on Twitter showing the terminal from where he managed to get root access. While he s also considering to submit the vulnerabilities to Apple under its bug bounty program, he is yet to make a final decision.
Sure, it s a good news for the jailbreaking community, but the developer has no immediate plans of releasing details about the exploit, not until Apple releases a patch for the same. However, now that we know exploiting iOS 10 is possible, it remains to be seen how long Pangu, iH8Sn0w or other teams take to release their jailbreaking tools. ALSO READ: Pegasus spyware can jailbreak and hack any iPhone with an SMS, Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update to patch exploit
Over the past few years, the popularity of jailbreaking has somewhat faded, but it is something that is still thriving the developer community. The last jailbreak was available for 64-bit iOS devices till iOS 9.3.3, but to put a full stop to the exploit, Apple stopped signing the previous versions of iOS. This also means one can t downgrade to iOS 9.3.3 or lower using iTunes recovery. With the iOS 9.3.5, which was the last iOS 9 update, Apple also released a patch for Pegasus spyware, making it even difficult for hackers to jailbreak the iOS devices. ALSO READ: Anonymous hackers claim $1 million for remotely jailbreaking iOS 9.1