Jailbreak for iOS 8.1 And iPhone Flagships Released
Apple‘s latest update iOS 8.1 had hinted at the possibility of a new jailbreak for its newest operating system iOS 8.1 and iPhones. However, no one was sure as to when the jailbreak will be released this time. While we were speculating months, Chinese jailbreaking team, Pangu, has caught us surprised by launching the jailbreak for this update within weeks of iPhone’s unveiling.
Pangu is a team of security researchers, all based in China, and comparatively new to the jailbreaking business. They aim to develop “free untether[ed] jailbreak for people around the world,” and we couldn’t be more grateful to them for that. Though they are new, they still seem very determined to their work, as they were also responsible for jailbreaking iOS 7:
Pangu jailbreak is the first one we released and it will not be the last one. – Pangu homepage
Jailbreaking is a method of removing restrictions from the rigid Apple operating system, by using tweaks in the software and hardware of the device. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS file system and manager, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.
Coming to the jailbreak, this jailbreak will allow users to install Cydia on their devices. Cydia provides access to tweaks and programs which are used to modify the iOS. In other words, Apple users can enjoy customization of their software up to some extent like the Android users. People new to jailbreaking: Jailbreaking is completely legal and won’t break your device or void its warranty.
The best part of this news is that not only does this jailbreak work on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it is also untethered, like Pangu has promised with its products. Untethered jailbreaking means you don’t have to jailbreak your device every time it is rebooted.
However, there are still a couple of restrictions with this update of the jailbreak:
- The first release of the jailbreak ended up losing some pictures in the device (though it has been fixed now).
- The current jailbreak is only available in Chinese instructions, so many of us will have to wait for the update.
- It also surprised the Cydia team as they found out Cydia is not supporting iOS 8.1 after being jailbroken, so an update is being expected rather soon, fixing this bug.
- The current process is quite complex and lengthy, so manuals for this jailbreak will be released after any update which is simpler than the current one.