Pwn20wnd, a former member of the Electra Jailbreak team, has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons by releasing a brand new jailbreak. Called unc0ver, this tool supports the same versions of iOS as Electra and will jailbreak up to iOS 11.4 beta 3.
It’s likely that this release will ruffle a few feathers as far as the current Electra Jailbreak team is concerned. Especially when you consider the highly public and highly acrimonious split that involved the lead Electra developer CoolStar suggesting that Pwn20wnd had threatened to release and leak Electra source code.
However, with all of that in the past, Pwn20wnd has teamed up with Sam Binger, Dennis Bednarz, and Samg_is_a_ninja to pull together and release the unc0ver jailbreak offering support for iOS 11.0 through to iOS 11.4 beta 3.
Like Electra, uncover supports all of the same firmware versions and all of the same 64-bit iPhone and iPad hardware running iOS 11 through iOS 11.4 beta 3. Two major differences here is that unc0ver actually makes official use of the Cydia application platform and is approved by Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia.
The jailbreak also ships with a working and functional version of Cydia Substrate which is used to ensure that system-changing tweaks are able to be installed and ran without issue. Electra, on the other hand, doesn’t utilize Cydia Substrate and instead relies on a custom version of Comex’s Substitute to afford the same functionality.
So, you may be thinking why bother releasing unc0ver when it essentially does exactly the same as Electra? And, in all honesty, you’d be asking a wonderful question. Pwn20wnd suggests – of course – that unc0ver is actually better than Electra due to the fact that it offers things like no logging or sharing of data, no random slowdowns that immediately sully the jailbreak experience, and no additional strain placed on the device’s battery.
The developer also suggests that unc0ver has faster and more reliable patches, proper jailbreak state detection, and, of course, a native build of Cydia built for iOS 11 rather than the bastardized version that ships with Electra.
For those who are already jailbroken and are perfectly happy with the state of it, then it doesn’t make sense to try unc0ver. However, if you are thinking about liberating your device, or just want a comparison of the experience, then you can give it a try right now by downloading the unc0vered jailbreak IPA from here.
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