Things have been ticking along nicely in the jailbreak world of late, but it looks as though there is a very real potential for things to go into overdrive.

It seems as though members of the China-based Pangu Team have been demonstrating a functioning iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak on iPhone 7 at a tech conference, fueling speculation that the team could be about to release a tool to the wider community offering iOS 10.3.1 support.

Speculation about an impending iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak has been kicked off by an image and clip being shared around the Internet of what is presumably a member of Pangu Team presenting an iOS 10.3.1 exploit/vulnerability at a technology conference.

That image shows a familiar-looking Pangu jailbreak app running on a blown-up iPhone with the word “Jailbreaking…” in the middle of the display. Above the image is a title, which clearly shows “iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1” to signify that the app is liberating Apple’s latest iPhone running the latest public firmware.

Further speculation has been driven by a post to social media, in Chinese, from what is being described as a “reliable source”, with the rough translation being “we are working with pp assistant. If agreed, within a week issued 10.3-10.3.1 jailbreak.”

As things stand at the moment, we are faced with the exciting prospect of a new jailbreak tool which comes equipped with the ability to liberate Apple’s modern devices running the latest publicly available firmware. Given the content of the image, this would also include iPhone 7/7 Plus.

interestingly, the account in question has also taken the opportunity to answer a query about device compatibility, saying that the jailbreaking tool will be compatible with all 64-bit iOS devices.

However, it’s worth exercising some caution and taking a deep breath before making all kinds of assumptions. Pangu has essentially been out of the public eye from a jailbreak perspective since the release of Pangu9. It’s very possible that exploiting iOS 10.3.1 is nothing more than a security research project for the team, and that it has no intentions of actually releasing something to the public.

It’s also very possible that whatever solution the team has to jailbreak iOS 10.3.1 isn’t actually in a position to be publicly release. After all, a simple image doesn’t give away the complexities of what is actually involved.

However, given Pangu’s previous relationship with the jailbreak community, and the fact that we have a presumably genuine social media post outlining the intention to release, we could find ourselves with a new iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak tool sooner rather than later.

(Source: @qwerty860320 [Twitter])

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