Jailbreaking is a popular way to customize and add features to iOS that aren’t available out of the box, and thanks to a recent update to the jailbreak tool Unc0ver, it’s now possible to jailbreak iPhones all the way up to iOS 14.3. While not quite as popular as it was a few years ago, there’s still a decent jailbreak community filled with people that want to get the absolute most out of their iPhones — even if it takes a bit of work.
As a quick refresher, jailbreaking is essentially a type of hack that removes certain software restrictions from iOS so users can access certain features and settings that aren’t possible without it. This includes things like more customization options for home screens and apps, the ability to install applications outside of the App Store, and a ton more. However, every time Apple releases a new version of iOS, new jailbreaking methods need to be created in order to work with the most recent software.
The version 6 update to Unc0ver was announced by the team on Twitter, giving users the ability to jailbreak iPhones running iOS 11 all the way up to iOS 14.3. — including the most recent iPhone 12 and 12 Pro series of phones. That’s exciting news for anyone with a more recent iPhone that’s been waiting to jump on the jailbreak bandwagon. However, keep in mind that this version of Unc0ver does not work with the iOS 14.4 update that Apple rolled out in January. And since there’s no way to downgrade to a previous software version, anyone that installed iOS 14.4 will need to wait patiently for Unc0ver to eventually support it.
unc0ver v6.0.0 is NOW OUT.
— @Pwn20wnd (@Pwn20wnd) February 28, 2021
This is a really exciting development for the jailbreaking world, but what does this mean for people who haven’t jailbroken before and are thinking about doing so? While the added features and customization options that come with a jailbroken iPhone are exciting, there are also a few cons that come with the process. iPhones that have been jailbroken don’t receive future software updates from Apple, they’re more susceptible to potential security issues, and there’s always the risk of the iPhone getting bricked during the jailbreak process. Doing this also voids Apple’s warranty, so make sure to think long and hard before proceeding.
For anyone who understands those risks and are OK with them, Unc0ver is available to use right now. Jailbreaking a newer iPhone that’s still used as a daily driver may not be the best idea, but for people with an aging device that’ll soon be replaced by the iPhone 13 in a few short months, this could be a fun experiment to try.