The last couple of years have been very poor for jailbreaks. iOS 10 saw one public utility, called Yalu Jailbreak , released by Luca Todesco. It was a semi-untethered jailbreak which only worked on 64-bit iPhones, leaving millions of users with no access to Cydia. Since then, nothing. Whether this is down to the new security features that Apple introduced with iOS 10, their constant updates and security fixes or that we no longer have any willing developers is anyone’s guess; all we do know is that the jailbreak scene has been woefully lacking. Some time ago, we did hear word of a semi-untethered jailbreak called Houdini iOS 11.4 Jailbreak , developed by Abraham Masri.
Houdini has now been successfully demonstrated on an iOS device running iOS 11.4 Jailbreak . The developer has uploaded a video showing Houdini on an iPad and also showing a few jailbreak customizations too. The video has been speeded up in parts because the respring process has proven to be quite lengthy but Masri, a respected name in the jailbreak community, looks to have produced something quite usable.
Houdini is not a full jailbreak, but it does offer us a way of adding extra customizations to our devices outside of the restrictions that Apple has in place. With nothing else on offer right now, it might just be the best way to jailbreak your device, but we’ll have more news on that if and when Masri makes Houdini into a public release.
Why is Jailbreaking So Hard Now ?
The jailbreak community has been spoiled for some time, with more jailbreaks than we could possibly use. Every time Apple released an iOS update, this time the iOS 11.4 download another jailbreak would be released very soon afterward. Apple has always said that, despite jailbreaking being ruled legal, they would put a stop to it. With iOS 10, they introduced some new security features and it seems that, whatever they did, it has caused major problems for the jailbreak developers.
When iOS 10 was released, the big developers, like Todesco, told us that things were going to be very difficult and they weren’t wrong. Add to that the constant onslaught of updates that Apple is releasing, and we start to see how frustrating it is for the developers. As soon as they find an exploit, it gets patched before they can do anything about it. There are two likely reasons for that , one is that developers are reporting the exploits to Apple in the hopes of being rewarded in the Bug Bounty program and second, Apple could just be plugging the holes by accident.
Whatever the reason, in the last two years, the jailbreak developers we came to rely on, like Taig, Pangu and PP teams, have all fallen silent. Until today, Luca Todesco was the only ray of hope the jailbreak community had and that didn’t last long. Now we are pinning our hopes on Abraham Masri to release Houdini jailbreak to the public, however basic it may be.
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