If you’ve been following the news lately, then you might’ve caught wind about a particular tfp0 iOS exploit released by security researcher Ian Beer that could potentially aid in the development of an iOS 11 jailbreak.
Many people think the jailbreak is dead, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. While a jailbreak tool for iOS 11 hasn’t surfaced yet, I wanted to take this opportunity to share why I’m excited about the possibility of an iOS 11 jailbreak.
Why I’m excited about an iOS 11 jailbreak
iPhone X – a game changer
For one, the iPhone X is the first OLED iPhone Apple has ever delivered. A jailbreak supporting this device would empower jailbreak developers with novel ways to tweak iOS and take full advantage of Apple’s beautiful Super Retina HD display.
iOS 11 is great
With that in mind, a jailbreak for one of Apple’s latest operating systems would offer the best of both worlds for users. Jailbreak developers, on the other hand, could utilize new features and APIs in iOS 11 to create entirely-new jailbreak tweaks unlike those we’ve seen already.
An exit from the walled garden
Apple provides notoriously-beautiful hardware, but infamously-restricted software. Jailbreaks expand upon the possibilities of both, providing users with a fuller experience explicitly tailored to their needs.
Some of the ways a jailbreak could benefit iOS 11 users are:
Enable Personal Hotspot without carrier’s consent
Unbarred access to NFC technology
Full filesystem access for unlimited modding
Fine-grained control over the look and feel of the iOS user interface
Access to an entire library of themes and tweaks that make iOS better
And much more…
Jailbreak tweaks inspire Apple’s future software
It may be an overstatement to say that the jailbreak community inspires Apple’s future iOS features, but we’ve frequently observed where major iOS updates borrow features introduced by the jailbreak community.
An iOS 11 jailbreak would enable innovative minds from the community to tinker with iOS 11 and develop exciting concepts that Apple may one day include in future iterations of iOS.
Apple continuously hires talent from the jailbreak community, and it doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. Many famous jailbreak developers influenced Apple’s latest software, and the same thing might happen as we transition into iOS 12 next year.
Jailbreaks introduce new developers to the world of coding
Listen up Tim Cook: For many jailbreak developers, creating jailbreak tweaks provides a springboard into an early coding career.
Lots of jailbreak community developers go on to make apps for Apple’s App Store or work for Apple directly, but they wouldn’t have gained the skills they have if it weren’t for all the coding practice they get from making tweaks and add-ons for Cydia.
Each jailbreak season sees various new developers joining the scene and taking an interest in coding. That said, an iOS 11 jailbreak would benefit both jailbreak users and Apple alike.
Jailbreaks bring the community together
Everyone loses hope when we don’t see a jailbreak for extended periods of time, but everything changes after a tool releases.
Given all the different ways jailbreak developers might be able to breathe new life into the jailbreak community, it’s exciting to think that an iOS 11 jailbreak could potentially materialize all thanks to Ian Beer’s tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.0-11.1.2.