Apple sales assistant with an Apple iPhone 6
A sales assistant shows features of iOS 9 on an Apple iPhone 6 at an Apple reseller shop in Bangkok, September 18, 2015. Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom

iOS 11 has been made available to developers. It will soon be released to the public, something that indicates that the iOS 10.3’s days are numbered. There is also the alleged iOS 10.3 jailbreak from Pangu, believed to be coming out at the Apple WorldWide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC 2017).

Nothing close to an iOS 10.3 jailbreak has come out, and it may never will. Most kept their fingers crossed for a possible crack from the Chinese hacking group, but it seems they have folded once more. Seeing Pangu fail to live up to their end of the bargain hardly comes as a surprise, since they did the same before iOS 10 came out.

Since releasing an iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, Pangu has not been able to come out with a follow-up crack and may never will. Italian hacker Lucas Todesco was the one who came closest with a half-baked iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak, though it could only be applied to phones before the iPhone 7 series. There are unverified sites claiming to have a crack, but these are branded as fake and likely a means to cause havoc on unsuspecting Apple owners.

Looking ahead, iOS 11 should come out soon, meaning any iOS 10.3 jailbreak needs to come out as early as now. The next Apple mobile operating system mauy be released alongside the next iPhone 8, according to the Sun. If all goes to plan, that could be around September – the same time iOS 10 was released.

Hence, this means that for an iOS 10.3 jailbreak to have essence, Pangu would need to release one within a two-month period. There is no telling if Apple will roll out another iOS 10.3 update, considering that the focus is now on iOS 11. September could be a logical month to look forward to, but the Cupertino company can easily opt to release it earlier.

With many fans amazed at the new features (i.e. Shared WiFi, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new voiced Siri and Loop and Bounce photos), developers could be fine-tuning them and addressing fixes for the iOS 10 loopholes.

Speaking of loopholes, Todesco claimed to have spotted vulnerabilities for iOS 11. The Italian hacker did not go into detail, tweeting that there are five to 10 vulnerabilities in the next Apple OS. But with him out of the iOS jailbreaking loop, those issues may be something hackers may want to look into instead.

The chances of an iOS 10.3 jailbreak are practically slim to none, though most are still hoping for one. Seeing how Apple has made the task nearly impossible, it would be best to keep an open mind that iOS jailbreaks may now be a thing of the past.