Today marks the end of one saga and the beginning of another. Apple issued the first major iteration of iOS 9, being 9.0, to the masses today after over two months of developer (and public) beta testing. iOS 9 offers a plethora of features, including under-the-hood performance and battery life boosts across the board, a new dedicated News app, reimagines multitasking and so much more. However, not all of the features are welcomed by the jailbreak community – enter “rootless” security!
It’s common knowledge that iOS 9 beefs up Apple’s security – for those of you currently Jailbroken on iOS 8.4 or early, we strongly recommend staying where you are until we have a new utility.
iOS 9 Jailbreak and Security Improvements
While the aforementioned security improvements will make Jailbreaking iOS 9 substantially more difficult, it’s already been done (kind of). iH8sn0w recently demonstrated that he could Jailbreak iOS 9 Untethered on an iPhone 5 via a low-level exploit, which isn’t a type of Jailbreak that could function on all devices (see the above video for a more detailed iOS 9 Jailbreak explanation).
Jailbreak iOS 8.4.1 Instead of iOS 9?
For those of you on iOS 8.4.1, remember Pangu published three exploits for anyone who wants to Jailbreak the firmware (they’re too busy focused on iOS 9). However, nothing has come of it yet; so the decision to update from iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 9 is really up to you. Remember, we have three teams on the Jailbreak scene this year – Pangu, TaiG and K33N – so we should receive a utility faster than in years past.
If you’re brave enough to make the update to iOS 9.0, the firmware is available via the traditional iTunes and OTA update methods.
watchOS 2 Release Date: After iOS 9
As for watchOS 2, which was also scheduled to be released today, apparently Apple discovered a massive bug that will delay the first major firmware installment for Apple’s hottest post-PC device.
‘We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,’ an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. ‘We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.’
Remember, we should receive new Jailbreak details as we move forward into iOS 9’s lifecycle. Stay tuned for future coverage on all iOS 9.0 details and Jailbreak updates as they unfold – be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us on Google+ to be notified when we publish future articles.