Can one jailbreak iOS 10 / iOS 10.0.2 / 10.0.1? If not, what is latest on iOS 10 / 10.0.2 jailbreak status for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices? Here we try to answer these questions.

iOS 10 went through a rigorous beta release cycle, with 8 beta seeds in total for both developers and testers which was then followed by a GM seed before the final version. But now that Apple’s latest firmware release is here for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, there is more than enough interest in the latest and greatest Apple mobile firmware for people to not only start wondering, but to also actively question about an iOS 10 jailbreak release for their devices.

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If you are an avid jailbreaking fan who keeps up to date with the comings and goings in the jailbreak community, then you will more than likely already be aware that the last version of iOS to have a publicly available jailbreak solution released for it was iOS 9.3.3.

Owners of Apple’s 64-bit devices running iOS 9.3.3 were, and still are, able to liberate their iPhones and iPads using the semi-untethered Pangu solution. Of course, as we also know, Apple subsequently patched the vulnerabilities used in that jailbreak solution with the launch of iOS 9.3.4, and then released some critical security patches with iOS 9.3.5.

One developer has already teased a working jailbreak on iOS 9.3.4, followed by a video demo by another developer, but it’s currently unknown if the vulnerabilities used in those methods to jailbreak are actually still available and unpatched in iOS 10. Then again, even if they are, we can’t be confident yet that those solutions will work on iOS 10. As is usually the case, it’s once again a case of playing cat and mouse with Apple.

It’s not that iOS 10 is not jailbreakable at all, as has been shown by iH8sn0w in a video demo back in June, and even demoed by the Pangu Team at MOSEC 2016. Luca Tedesco has also shown a jailbreak on iOS 10 beta 8. However all these were demoed on beta versions of iOS 10, and it would be reasonable to believe that Apple may have patched up all those vulnerabilities in the final release that these parties were exploiting in the beta releases.

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As things stand right now, it’s an extremely interesting landscape. Apple has stopped digitally signing iOS 9.3.4, 9.3.3 and iOS 9.3.2, meaning that iOS 9.3.5 is the earliest version users can downgrade to if necessary. We also know that iOS 9.3.5 can be jailbroken, but whether or not that transfers to iOS 10, or if it can be packaged together into a public solution, is another story altogether. Also when you tie in Apple’s Bug Bounty Program with all this development, jailbreak fans could be in for an even longer wait this time with iOS 10.

Given the buzz and excitement in the jailbreak world in recent months, we would be naive to rule out the fact that teams like Pangu are actively working on liberating iOS 10, but we don’t know when or if they will release their solution to public.

For the time being though, if you care about jailbreaking, you might wanna sit tight on your iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak and wait patiently while hackers and developers work on an iOS 10 jailbreak. As always, we will let you know as soon as there is a jailbreak available for iOS 10. Stay tuned.

Update x1: Luca is back again, this time showing final version of iOS 10 jailbroken on an iPad. You can find more details on it here.

Update x2: Luca has now managed to jailbreak iPhone 7 running iOS 10.0.1. More details on it can be found here.

Update x3: Apple has now released iOS 10.0.2 for download. The post above has been updated to reflect this change.

Update x4: Apple has now released iOS 10.1 beta 1 to both developers and public beta testers.

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