If you’re not living under a rock, there’s a good chance you must’ve seen a bunch of articles or videos on how you could jailbreak your iPhone running on iOS 13.5. In retaliation, Apple is now rolling out iOS 13.5.1, which although Apple doesn’t mention outright, is meant to patch out the Unc0ver jailbreak.
Initially reported by Wired, the Unc0ver jailbreak was built on a zero-day vulnerability and allowed users to customize not only system elements but also third-party applications like YouTube. According to Wired, the jailbreak neither drained battery life nor undermined security.
Although the changelog of the new update doesn’t mention anything about the jailbreak, the support page does give a hint of what iOS 13.5.1 patches: “an application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges”.
The Unc0ver jailbreak was easy to follow and was installed using AltStore, an alternative App store for iOS that gained notoriety for letting iPhone users play classic like Super Mario which wasn’t possible before.
After jailbreaking iOS, users could customize their experience to the hilt – something that Android users have been able to do for a while. As mentioned before, the UI could be revamped using the jailbreak with tweaks available for just about anything from the control center to even using widgets on the homescreen which is currently not possible for iOS users.
But given that Apple has always pegged security as a major advantage that iOS has over Android, it’s no surprise that this vulnerability was patched out this quick.
The iOS 13.5.1 update is available for all iPhones from 6s and later and even iPod touch 7th-gen. Alongside, Apple also launched iPadOS 13.5.1 that’s available for iPad Air 2 and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.