The iOS 10 jailbreak may be happening soon as a platform releases a statement that they are willing to pay $1.5 million to anyone who can exploit the new operating system (OS). This certainly proves their confidence, but it may just hasten the launch of a tool.
The $1.5 million bounty may be a motivator for developers to release an iOS 10 jailbreak. The beta version of the OS was previously jailbroken and showcased in a YouTube video by developer Luca Todesco, so fans are in high hopes that a tool is going to be released soon.
iOS 10 Jailbreak is Harder Today
The lucrative bounty speaks for the level of security of Apple's latest mobile OS. For comparison, an Android 7.0 Nougat hack can only get developers up to $200,000, BGR reported, while a Windows Phone bug pays up $100,000 max.
"We've increased the price due to the increased security," Zerodium founder Chaouki Bekrar told Wired. "We would like to attract more researchers all year long."
Moreover, they are willing to pay $1.5 million multiple times, which means that they are confident that the iOS 10 is harder to crack.
"We hope to receive multiple submissions for the iOS bounty, as we can afford to buy many of them for $1.5M each," Bekrar said.
Pangu, Todesco Working on iOS 10 Jailbreak?
Popular jailbreaking groups, such as Pingu, are being rumored to be working right now for an iOS 10 jailbreak tool. The latest that the team launched was for the iOS 9.3.4, surprising many fans. Now, it is believed that they are silently developing a tool again.
Todesco also recently confirmed that an iOS 10 jailbreak tool is in the works. It is unknown when he will be exploit the latest OS version's weakness, but it seems that he wants to deliver the tool through Safari.
"I plan on doing Safari research at some point," he said. "but right now I'm all about KPP/iPhone 7 memory protections."