iOS 12 has been jailbroken just one week after the first beta was made available to registered developers.
Security researches have demonstrated the hack on an iPhone X. The process, which installs Cydia, takes less than a minute and requires no other hardware.
Jailbreaking iOS devices is nowhere near as popular as it used to be, and with every update Apple rolls out, cracking its software gets harder. But some hackers are still fighting to keep unauthorized apps and tweaks alive.
Liang Chen, a security researcher from KeenLab, has become the first to demonstrate a working iOS 12 jailbreak on an iPhone X.
iOS 12 has already been cracked
In less than a week, KeenLab has built an app that jailbreaks the first iOS 12 beta without the need for a computer or any other additional hardware.
The video below shows the complete jailbreak process, which installs a working Cydia store on an iPhone X. Chen also goes into the Settings app to prove the device is indeed running iOS 12.
Don’t get too excited
The video is an exciting development for those who still rely on unauthorized apps and tweaks that can only be obtained from Cydia. But we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet.
This is the first iOS 12 beta, and if Apple doesn’t block this exploit in its second release, it will almost certainly eliminate it by the time iOS 12 makes its public debut this fall. And even if it doesn’t, KeenLab doesn’t release its jailbreak tools for everyone to use.
Chen’s video does prove iOS 12 can be jailbroken (for now), however. It will inspire other hackers to create public jailbreak tools of their own, which is promising for what’s left of the jailbreaking community.