iOS 9.3.3 Beta 5! Apple Intentionally Delays Jailbreak?
Today Apple seeded iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 to registered developers following last week’s beta 4 release. The last three betas have been spaced just one week apart, indicating an uptick in their beta release timeframe.
However considering iOS 9.3.3 contains virtually no outward facing changes that affect the end user, there are essentially two different reasons as to why Apple is putting 9.3.3 through so many betas for what appears to be a very minor release.
Intentionally Delaying The Jailbreak
It’s no secret that jailbreak developers prefer to wait for betas to come out of testing stages before issuing new untethered jailbreak utilities (scenario permitting). Is it possible that Apple is fully aware of this preference and is intentionally seeding trivial betas in hopes to push back the next jailbreak utility?
Focused On Stability
The second option has absolutely nothing to do with thwarting jailbreaking, and more to do with stabilizing iOS 9.3.x before diverting the majority of their development resources to iOS 10. Apple may bank on having iOS 9.3.3 be the last iOS 9 release before iOS 10 goes public this fall.
The only thing that would prompt another iOS 9 update would be if either a jailbreak were released for iOS 9.3.3 or if additional bugs were discovered in iOS 9.3.3. If the latter is the case though, and ultimately forces another iOS 9 update, how embarrassing would that be for Apple? We’ve already seen three iOS 9.3.x updates (not counting iOS 9.3 itself and the number of betas in between). Apple may very well just want to ensure they’re “covered” so to speak when it comes to iOS 9 and the overall stability of iOS 9.3.x before focusing on iOS 10.
iOS 9.3.3 Beta 4
Update 7-6-16: While this post was originally intended for iOS 9.3.3 beta 4, the information is still applicable to today’s release (iOS 9.3.3 beta 5) on July 6th.
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