Apple caught everyone by surprise when it announced the release of iOS 9.3.4. Many were under the impression that iOS 9.3.3 was the last one for the iOS 9 series until Pangu announced its semi-tethered iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak.
Apple Thanks Pangu
Hence, the Cupertino company decided to pull a fast one with a minor update to address the security vulnerability issue exposed by the hacker group.
The issue involved a program that was able to execute an arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Covered as well was the exploit discovered by Pangu involving memory corruption, Forbes reported.
Goodbye iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak
The minor iOS 9.3.4 update is an important one and Apple encourages iPhone and iPad owners to apply the patch as soon as they can. Apple owners can check their device settings and check on software update if the availability has not yet prompted them. Alternatively, the update can be done via iTunes.
With the release of iOS 9.3.4, the recently announced semi-tethered iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak will be ultimately rendered useless, CNet reported. The crack was not considered a full jailbreak when it came out, not to mention something that brought problems for Apple owners.
This is with reference to the breaches made on iPhone users who applied the jailbreak. Most found their devices compromised, resulting in social media and personal accounts hacked.
Malware infection was raised though Pangu is confident it did not originate on their end. It may have likely been the third-party program needed to install the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak such as Cydia Impactor. Much of the complaints were posted on Reddit.
Will It Really Be The Last iOS 9 Update?
The final version of iOS 9.3.3 was initially pegged to be the last. But with the release of iOS 9.3.4, the same tag is being used once more. Barring discoveries of new breaches, will this minor update be the last?
iOS 10 is expected to be unveiled next month along the iPhone 7. Given the time allocation, iOS 9.3.4 could very well be the last. That is unless Pangu or some hacking group is able to breach the mobile OS once again and provide an iOS 9.3.4 jailbreak soon.