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We have a jailbreak for iOS 12.1.3-12.2 – here's all you need to know about

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Anderson L. A. Silva

Resident of Jundia (SP), traveled in MM Tour VII and a great passion for the computer area. Graduated as a IT Management Technologist, he began his professional career as a technical support and is specializing to pursue a career in networking and telecom.


Needless to say, day after day, we have an increasingly feature-rich iOS coupled with increasingly rigid protection mechanisms and a degree of maturity that leaves the competition eating dust.

No secret, too, that much of this is due to our old acquaintance jailbreak, which has allowed many of the things that were once restricted to this world to become native features and, by contrast, increasingly shield iOS from its security and integrity. However, however, just as there is no perfect software, eventually the community will discover new flaws, Apple will rush to fix them and the cycle will repeat itself.

Well, me, jailbreaker veteran and hard reader of the site, I was invited by to write about the latest news from this world. Let's get right to them!

On the last day 11, the security researcher Ned Williamson, in partnership with Google Project Zero, published in detail the fault CVE-2019-8605 named Sock puppet, which was fixed by Apple on iOS 12.3, and now too many security researchers and hackers are free to study and exploit such a loophole in previous versions of iOS in order to update and enhance their tools.

Jailbreak Chimera

Getting ahead, the hacker @ Pwn20wnd and his team released version 3.3.8 of the tool unc0ver, followed by Electra Team with tool version 1.2.5 Chimera both bringing compatibility with iOS versions 12.1.3, 12.1.4 and 12.2.

What tool should I use? Is there a difference?

The tool unc0ver has open code, uses the Cydia Substrate and brings the Cydia as a package manager; in turn the Chimera has closed code, uses the Substitute and brings the Sileo.

Unc0ver screenshot

Both have their strengths and weaknesses, preferences and related controversies in the midst of the community. I already used both tools, I had positive experiences with both and today, preferably, I am using the unc0ver but be free to use the one that piques your interest and avoid switching between them once they are installed and activated.

Both tools are of the type semi-untethered, ie the jailbreak should be reactivated every time the device is restarted but there is no need to plug the device into a computer and reinstall from scratch, after all, everything is contained in the app that remains installed on the device.

At the time of writing this article, these devices are compatible with both tools:

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus / SE
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus / X
  • iPad Air / iPad mini 2 / iPad mini 3
  • iPad Air 2 / iPad mini 4
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 9.7 and 12.9 (1 generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (6th generation)

Other iOS 12.1.3, 12.1.4, and 12.2 compatible devices may be supported in future updates. Just them:

  • iPhone XR / XS / XS Max
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 (3rd generation)

safe? What if I have problems? Can you delete the jailbreak?

I can say from my own experience and with many reports that I follow over the internet: never the current status of the jailbreak has been I'm mature as now.

Regardless of the tool you choose, they are thoroughly tested and updated to ensure your experience is as stable and reliable as possible. This, of course, does not exempt the fact that we are dealing with tools that exploit flaws in the iOS system, makes room for any modification and there is a possibility that something goes wrong in the middle of the process: either for a tweak incompatible, either because of the nature of the failures themselves, or because of user error

My main recommendation: Before you try anything, always have an up to date backup of your device.

If the worst happens or if you wish to erase the jailbreak from your device, just plug the device into a computer, do a restore with iTunes, and everything comes back exactly as it was before, including your data (because you backed it up, right?).

The tools (as well as their updates) can be downloaded from their official links: unc0ver | Chimera and the site iClarified You have a very detailed installation tutorial on your site. The process is the same for both tools and can be run on any computer running macOS, Windows or Linux.