Researchers Min Zheng and Xialong Bai revealed on Twitter that they managed to exploit the iOS 12.1.2 through a Port-Oriented Programming (POP) attack, which let them get root access on all 2018 iPhones (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR).
Before we start getting hyped about the iOS 12.1.2 Jailbreak, we have some bad news.
The researchers can easily bypass the PAC system on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. If so, they can develop an iOS 12.1.2 jailbreak, but usually, researchers do not make these vulnerabilities public, which means there will not be an iOS 12.1.2 jailbreak anytime soon.
Is It Possible to Unlock iPhones in 2019?
Here is why it is not easy to unlock iPhones this year: first of all, researches report the vulnerabilities to Apple most of the time, and the company patches them in the next update to make sure that iPhones cannot be unlocked.
Second, the fact that fewer and fewer users are looking into jailbreaking their iPhones is also what makes releasing a jailbreak less probable. It is a complex process, and the operation is risky.
Plus, even though jailbreaking does have some benefits, Apple’s efforts make this process more difficult than ever, which is why the latest generations of iPhones are so difficult to be cracked.
However, on the positive side of these recent findings, researchers might look for other ways to find other vulnerabilities in the A12 bionic chip for other jailbreaks.
While you should not have high hopes for a public exploit to unlock your iPhone, this security exploit discovery shows that Apple’s iPhones are still breakable.
If you are interested in iOS jailbreak breakdown, you can check every detail in our previous article here. Alternatively, if you are in for more bad news, you should know that Cydia is not “feeling well” at all.
Agnes is a technical writer, being in touch with reports to come up with the latest tech leaks.