Between Apple and jailbreakers shows no signs of ending their cat and mouse game in immediate future but it also seems that with latest iOS 12.2 release the Cupertino-based company has taken the advantage. According to the unc0ver lead developer on Pwn2ownd that the jailbreakers on latest devices could have a “really hard time” jailbreaking anything beyond iOS 12.1.2.
Now all jailbreakers, device liberators, and jailbreak wannabes should know the drill. Apple works tirelessly with its internal engineering teams and releases new updates to iOS which is known as iOS 12.2. Once those updates have been tested by developers and registered testers, and ultimately deemed stable enough then they are able to push out it into the public domain. Then they are able to let down the jailbreak developers to go to work in finding ways to exploit and liberate that firmware for the betterment and enjoyment of the community.
If the latest two Pwn20wnd tweets are anything to go by, then it looks like Apple may have thrown in a spanner in the works as far as an iOS 12.2 jailbreak is concerned and due to this the company patching an important PAC bypass.
iOS 12.0-12.1.2 may be the last jailbreakers iOS version for arm64e devices (A12-A12X) for a very long time and followed up with the following:
If it’s true that bazad’s PAC bypass was patched already and in future, we will have some really hard time jailbreaking these devices. Please stay on iOS 12.0-12.1.2.
If it is accurate and no route forward can be forged which transcends beyond the current solution for iOS 12.1.2, then it appears that the future of jailbreaking and jailbreak progression could be quite bleak as far as iOS 12 is concerned. The advice contained within the tweets is for would-be jailbreakers to stay exactly where they are if they are currently sitting on iOS 12.0 through 12.1.2 rather than taking the opportunity to upgrade to Apple’s latest release and try out iOS 12.2 and all of its features.
The assessment appears to be one based on the realities rather than a definitive outlook for the entire future of jailbreaking where iOS 12 is concerned. So, things could change, but for the moment it is definitely worth heeding that advice and staying where you are if you require a jailbreak.