The chess match between Apple and hacking groups continue with the former still in the lead. Pangu did reveal earlier this month that they had jailbroken the three operating systems but the problem is nothing actually came out.
Apple released the final iOS 9.3.3 just recently and such left iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak useless. Hence it now boils down to a choice on either working on a jailbreak for the iOS 9.3.3 or iOS10. Given the allotted time, it seems that working on an iOS 10 jailbreak makes more sense.
iOS 9.3.3 Jailbreak Achieved?
Pangu or any other hacker group will have a two-month window to work on a jailbreak. An iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak could make sense since Apple released the final version. But the downside is that it will be useful for about a month or two.
And on that note, a semi-untethered jailbreak has reportedly been achieved for the iOS 9.3.3 with the PPHelper. There is a catch though and it has to do with the “tethered” terminology.
As CNet notes, jailbreaks can be tethered or untethered. Tethered means you need to re-enable the jailbreak via your computer each time you boot up your mobile device. Untethered means the jailbreak doesn’t require your computer to re-enable it.
The PPHelper lies somewhere in the middle meaning no PC hook-up is needed, but users will still have to hook it up to re-enable the jailbreak. Given that no jailbreak has come forth since 9.3.1, the PPHelper is seen as the best recourse for now.
As always, there are risks involved when jailbreaks are resorted to. PPHelper or any jailbreak will do the same. It voids the warranty and does away with the patches to keep Apple devices secure.
Aside from that, it remains to be seen if Pangu will have an actual jailbreak similar to the iOS 9.3.1 crack out in the open before iOS 10 debuts.