iOS 10.1.1 Jailbreak Beta Released

Luca Todesco, better known by his handle qwertyoruiop, has just announced that the first beta of his iOS 10 jailbreak dubbed yalu is now out. But before anyone begins prancing around and laughing out loud with sheer unadulterated joy, there are some caveats to take note of, as well as some risks to discuss.

Todesco has also mentioned that mobile substrate has been purposely broken so most of the jailbreak tweaks won’t be working. Unlike other jailbreak tools, the beta version isn’t a GUI-based tool, it is available as a Xcode project.

The first beta currently supports iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Todesco plans to add support for other 64-bit iOS 10.1.1 compatible devices later.

As you can see, along with the news of the release are a few disclaimers to take note of, which I have listed below.
1) The beta tool is not a simple one-click GUI. It is in the form of an .ipa file and requires you to use Cydia Impactor (and therefore a computer) in order to run it. A big thank you goes to Saurik for getting an updated compatible build of Cydia Impactor out with customary superhuman speed.

2) Whilst the process does install Cydia for you, Cydia Substrate is not currently working so very few tweaks will function. Luca has purposefully disabled Substrate for now to discourage anyone except developers from using the tool. Again, this is clearly a sign that caution is advisable unless you’re very sure of what you’re doing. Luca himself calls the yalu jailbreak “glitchy” and “unstable” at present.

3) Device support is initially limited to the iPhone 7(+) on iOS 10.1-10.1.1 and the iPhone 6s/iPad Pro on iOS 10.x. Do not bother trying the tool with any other device/firmware combination until wider support has been added, which Luca has said will come later. What is potentially interesting here is that Luca stated “iPhone 6s/iPad Pro on iOS 10.x”, rather than “iPhone 6s/iPad Pro on iOS 10-10.1.1”, which may imply that it works on iOS 10.2 for these devices. However, do not assume that until we have further information; it’s seems very unlikely. The exploits supposedly used in the tool were patched in iOS 10.2, so it’s likely that by “10.x”, Luca here meant “10.0-10.1.1”.

4) Luca has also confirmed that the jailbreak is not untethered, as he has little interest in it, and perhaps also due to its difficulty. Recently, untethered jailbreaks have become harder to achieve, and it seems he does not see the benefits (no app to run once per reboot) outweighing the extra costs (time, effort and exploits spent defeating these measures). Instead, the tool is semi-(un)tethered, similar to the Pangu 9.3.3 jailbreak, and requires re-activating after each power cycle.

If you’re a jailbreak developer, then you can try the iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak by visiting This makes it the first jailbreak to be released for iOS 10 and also iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


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