It seems that the release of the iOS 9.3.5 semi-untethered jailbreak for 32-bit devices has really caused a sense of invigoration in the jailbreak community. Just days after the Phoenix jailbreak for iOS 9.3.5 was released to the public, @pr0x13 has posted a statement suggesting that the iOS 9.3.5 untether is “almost done,” raising excitement levels about a potential permanent and untethered solution coming, likely as part of a future Phoenix update.

The Phoenix jailbreak tool literally came out of the woodwork with no-one really expecting any type of jailbreak to be offered for iOS 9.3.5.

With that said, this solution currently exists as a semi-untethered offering, which essentially means that the jailbreak app needs to be executed every time the device is hard rebooted or entirely powered down and powered back up. The jailbreak world has become accustomed to semi-untethered jailbreaks being the best that it can hope for in the modern world of device liberation, but this announcement suggests that the almost holy grail of solutions is coming, and soon.

In addition to suggesting that the untether is “almost done,” @pr0x13’s statement also highlights the two bugs used to achieve that untethered status. It stipulates that those two bugs have already been “burned” in iOS 10.xx, meaning that they are already out in the public domain and are therefore safe to use and expose for this purpose.

Okay so untether is almost done for 9.3.5. Using bugs burned in 10.xx. persistence + cs.

There are no timelines for release given. There is also no proof provided with the statement posted on Twitter or any additional information provided on how this untether would be released to the community.

The current Phoenix solution for 32-bit iOS 9.3.5 devices is also installable without needing a computer using third-party signing services should anyone wishes to use it. If the existence of an untethered jailbreak is real, and if it’s made available for the same subset of 32-bit devices running iOS 9.3.5, then it stands to reason that it would be integrated into an updated version of the Phoenix tool. However, it’s also possible that it could be offered as a Cydia installation for those who have already jailbroken into a semi-untethered state using the existing Phoenix tool.

We won’t know until we know, but given the nature of the announcement, it’s worth taking this with a pinch of salt until we see some physical evidence of the untether.

(Source: @pr0x13 [Twitter])

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