Welcome to our new series where we discuss Jailbreak News, in this segment we will be keeping you guys up to date with what’s happening in the jailbreak community. In this episode of Jailbreak News we will briefly cover the latest two jailbreak announcements.
Apple Watch Jailbreak News
First up is the Apple Watch Jailbreak, this is not the first time we have seen news on a jailbreak for the highly popular wearable device. Back in Defcon the fried Apple team Jailbroke the Apple Watch running watchOS 3. We also saw a developer-focused ‘prototype jailbreak’ dubbed overcl0ck released at the start of 2018. Now the popular iOS hacker tihmstar has gone public with a new developer jailbreak for the Apple Watch dubbed jelbrekTime.
According to tihmstar’s repository, jelbrekTime supports all Series 3 Apple Watches running watchOS 4.1. Tihmstar also notes that compatibility with older Apple Watches and watchOS 4.0 & 3.x could be achieved by a skilled developer, with some modifications.
JelbrekTime is achieved by using v0rtex for kernel exploitation on the Apple Watch, and then takes advantage of tfp0 and h3lix to open the device’s filesystem to the user.
Like previous Apple Watch jailbreak’s it’s difficult to speculate about what the end user might be able to do with one especially as there’s no Cydia type app for the Apple Watch. Without Cydia altering the device wouldn’t be as simple as downloading a jailbreak tweak like it is on iOS.
Shortly after making jelbrekTime public, tihmstar that he “will not be working on anything watch related anymore” and added that he’s “done with this project and about to sell [his] watch.” That said, what you see is ultimately what you get unless someone else picks up where tihmstar left off.
iOS 10 Jailbreak News
Whilst most people are focused on the iOS 11 Jailbreak, PsychoTea, Siguza, and their team released an update to Meridian. The iOS 10.0-10.3.3. jailbreak tool was released to the public on Tuesday with support for all 64-bit iOS devices.
Meridian even supports the iPhone 7 and is a bit more stable than its predecessor, Yalu. Meridian will help all the users that hang on to iOS 10.
Anyone upgrading now will force users to iOS 11.4.1 which currently does not have a Jailbreak, those who want to jailbreak using Meridian can do so from here.