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

Apple device owners still hoping to see an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak got a bit of bad news after the Cupertino company updated its iOS signing. With the release of iOS 10.3.2, the company unsurprisingly stopped signing support for iOS 10.3.1.

iOS 10.3.2 rolled out last May and most iPhone and iPad owners were pretty aware that Apple would eventually cut support for iOS 10.3.1. That was made recently, meaning folks who tinker around with their device (with reference to iOS jailbreaks) can no longer revert to the old version.

Forced to use latest Apple mobile OS
Apple has followed the same approach for quite some time, a move meant to ensure that Apple device owners use the latest software. Such also aims to ease the burden of compatibility issues and improve a device’s security.

With this development, only iOS 10.3.2 will be available for download from the Apple servers. The Cupertino company is currently busy working on iOS 10.3.3, the next patch to the buggy iOS 10 series that will likely come with bug patches. After that version, all eyes will be on iOS 11 which is most likely to come out in September when the Cupertino company releases the iPhone 8.

iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak at your own risk
To this day, Pangu has yet to release its highly acclaimed iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak. Based on the recent developments, it seems that the Apple crack may never come out at all.

If so, this would not be the first time that Pangu would be doing so. They did that last year with the iOS 10 jailbreak at MOSEC 2016 and nothing came out. Italian hacker Lucas Todesco did come out with an improvised crack though it was limited only devices before the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus.

Pangu or any other aspiring iOS jailbreaker can still come out with a crack though its use may be short-lived. With the next update from Apple looming, using a potential iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak may leave most Apple device owners in a compromising position.

Right now, it looks like only the daring and technically advanced people would dare try an iOS jailbreak at any point. There are a lot of factors to consider and Apple just raised the stakes with its latest iOS cut.

Todesco previously announced he was quitting the iOS jailbreaking game while Pangu seems to have levelled up when it comes to their focus. If ever an Apple crack is present somewhere, it will come from a new player. Some may try them out though there are risks such as malware tied to it. Hence, Apple device owners are advised to proceed with caution to avoid ending up with a bricked device.