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WinRa1n vs unc0ver: What's the difference?

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WinRa1n and unc0ver are two distinct jailbreak tools for iOS. They differ in practically every way, beginning with the installation technique, the exploit used to jailbreak, the environment, and the supported devices. Both continue to provide a workable solution for a number of Apple devices. Let's discover the difference: WinRa1n vs unc0ver.

The most recent version of unc0ver jailbreak was published on December 30, 2021, with added iOS 14.6 - iOS 14.8 compatibility for A12-A13 iPhones. During development, new exploits were implemented and in the end, unc0ver supports devices running iOS 11.0 to iOS 14.8. Back in the day, there were releases where all devices were supported including the actual iOS version.

Numerous flaws that security researchers have uncovered and made available to the jailbreak community are being used by unc0ver. In order to accommodate more modern devices, the developer employed fresh exploits released by the jailbreak community.

unc0ver jailbreak was made available as an IPA package that was deployed as an on-device application. Any iOS device for a PC may have this file sideloaded. Through a Safari link, several third-party App Stores offered the possibility to install unc0ver without a computer.

The IPA could be simply re-signed on the device using an app like ReProvision due to the installation process. Nevertheless, since iCloud bypass tools needed access to the Home Screen to initiate the jailbreak process, they couldn't be utilized with it.

On the contrary, WinRa1n takes advantage of the checkra1n and palera1n jailbreaks. Both can jailbreak A5–A11 iPhones and make use of the checkm8 vulnerability. The iPhone XS was released with a patch that addressed the exploit vulnerability.

Utilizing the checkm8 vulnerability, WinRa1n needs both a physical iDevice and PC access. Since the investigations take place outside of the Home Screen, WinRa1n can jailbreak the device without the need for an Apple ID, password, passcode, etc. All iCloud bypass techniques for iPhone X and below employ this technique to jailbreak and activate the device.

WinRa1n is a semi-tethered jailbreak, just like unc0ver. It indicates that once the device is restarted, the jailbreak will be turned off. This situation calls for a jailbreak again. For WinRa1n to re-jailbreak, Windows access is necessary, although unc0ver does not.

The conflict between WinRa1n and Unc0ver has no true winner. Similar functionality, support for tweaks, and user-friendly interfaces are provided by both jailbreaks. You may choose which jailbreak to install based on the device you own and the iOS version it runs.

Thanks to a new tweaks launched for this platform called rootless envariment, WinRa1n is definitely something that will live longer. Conversely, unc0ver will work with certain really outdated tweaks that have never been updated for iOS 15 and beyond.

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Kuba has over 20 years of experience in journalism, focusing on jailbreak topics since 2012. He has interviewed professionals from Intel, Avast, Microsoft, and more. Besides journalism, Kuba specializes in video editing and drone flying. He studied IT at university before his writing career.

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