Apple has drawn the battle lines for jailbreakers with the iOS 10.2 public release. The battleground is eerily silent at the moment, and only two jailbreak experts appear to be left standing – Pangu and Luca Todesco.

While Pangu has everyone believing that they are waiting for a most stable version of iOS 10.2 before they release their iOS 10 jailbreak (see linked article above), there’s been word that Todesco is now closer than ever to releasing an iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak.

Luca Todesco has recently been tweeting his followers to downgrade to iOS 10.1.1, which they’ve been doing in anticipation of an upcoming exploit. He’s very clearly mentioned that “there is a high chance I will take up whatever project 0 drops and write a full jailbreak on top of it. stay on 10.1.1, especially on i7”

That said, one follower had his doubts clarified by Todesco that it’s not just iOS 10.1.1, but all devices running iOS 10.1.1 and below.

But how close is Luca Todesco to an iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak release? At this point, we know that the build number won’t matter, but he’s being tight-lipped on the “will this be a public jb release?” question. In fact, we’re not seeing any responses to a ton of questions since December 16, so it’s very likely he’s working on a release right at this moment.

That said, the jailbreak will essentially use the Google Project Zero exploit from Ian Beer shown on a bug report that he filed back in October. A December 15 update on that report clearly states how well this exploit works (or doesn’t) with versions earlier than iOS 10.1.1

“* download the ipsw for your device from https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/Firmware
The bugs are there in any version <= 10.1.1 but the further back you go the more offsets
will be wrong so ideally stick to 10.1.1 (and for anything earlier that iOS 10 the kernel cache is encrypted so you’ll have to do the rest yourself)”

The next step is basically….to just wait for Todesco to do his magic and release an iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak. At this point, this is probably the best chance of seeing any workable iOS 10 jailbreak this side of 2017, but don’t be surprised if it happens to become a late Christmas present for 2016.

Pangu is still being very quiet about their own exploit for iOS 10, but the word is, again, they’re waiting for a more stable version of iOS 10.2 before releasing their own iOS 10 jailbreak.

There are those who are skeptical of the fact that they do actually have a jailbreak to hand. In that regard, until a JB is actually released, everything is mere speculation – whether it’s from Pangu, Todesco or anyone else.

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