New unc0ver exploit allows jailbreaking Apple iPhone and iPads running iOS/iPadOS 12 to 13.5
The iOS jailbreak and Android rooting communities have a lot in common. We both love our respective devices but are disappointed by the lack of customization. Unfortunately, Apple devices aren’t as easy to tinker with when compared to many Android devices. That’s why new jailbreaks, like the recently released unc0ver exploit, are such huge deals. The new unc0ver jailbreak works on all Apple iPhone and iPad devices from iOS 11 to iOS/iPad OS 13.5 with 12.3-12.3.2 and 12.4.2-12.4.5 being unsupported.
This new jailbreak is one of the larger exploits to come out recently. There was recently a chip-level exploit called checkra1n that supports all Apple iOS devices using the A7 to A11 SoC. Unlike checkra1n, unc0ver uses a zero-day exploit that hasn’t been used in iOS jailbreaks since iOS 8. To use this exploit to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, all you need to do is sideload the unc0ver .ipa file using software like AltStore. The full tutorial is available on the unc0ver website.
While I do daily driver Android phones, I also use iPhones a good amount. At the time of writing this article, I have easily jailbroken my iPhone SE and iPhone 11 Pro Max without any issues using this exploit. There are a lot of great tweaks on a lot of great repositories, but many of them will need to be updated for iOS 13.5 support before I can use them. A few tweaks I’ve already started using are Garden, EyeOS, SnowBoard, and AirPort 13. Garden adds a nice music page to your home screen, EyeOS is an iOS 6-style icon pack with modern touches, SnowBoard is a theme engine for iOS, and AirPort 13 lets you customize the AirPods connection UI.
This jailbreak is thanks to the full unc0ver team. This jailbreak was also sponsored by Phone Rebel from EverythingApplePro, who is launching new iPhone cases very soon. The developers’ names and positions on the project are listed below:
- Pwn20wnd – Lead Developer
- Sam Bingner – Developer
- Siguza – Developer
- Jake James – Developer
- Ubik – Designer
- Sam G – GUI
- Dennis D. Bednarz – Logo Designer
- exDeveloper – UI Developer
- Ned Williamson – Socket Bug
- Brandon Azad – Timestamp Bug
Apple iPhone and iPad jailbreaking are huge and there’s a very large community behind it, though most of it is on other forums. There will be a lot more tweaks for iOS devices jailbroken with unc0ver coming up soon, so keep an eye on the /r/Jailbreak subreddit for some of those mods.