In a somewhat surprise announcement, a jailbreak has been released for Apple's iOS-based devices running iOS 7.1.1, which is its latest public version.
The jailbreak supports no less than the Apple iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina display, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 5, although it doesn’t look quite as slick as other recent efforts we’ve seen.
What’s more, the jailbreak is seemingly a fully-untethered one, meaning you won’t have to connect your iPod, iPad or iPhone to your PC or Mac every time you reboot your device (which is called a tethered jailbreak).
However, there are a couple of caveats. Firstly, the evad3rs team of http://evasi0n.com who have released the previous two trusted jailbreaks weren’t involved. Instead a relatively unknown Chinese development team that goes under the name PanGu, which apparently includes users under pseudonyms dm557, windknown, ogc557, and Daniel_K4, posted the jailbreak software on its website.
More importantly, there seems to be initial concerns over the security of the jailbreak, which possibly included some kind of spyware. However, world-renowned software developer and hacker iH8sn0w, who has been an active and trusted contributor to the jailbreak scene has since tweeted:
Aside from the piracy store and enterprise certificate… The http://pangu.io jailbreak does not have “spyware” or malicious trails.
Several other sources are also claiming the jailbreak is okay to use although as usual, some of the tweaks in Cydia – the jailbreaking equivalent of iTunes that provides software to customize and modify the iOS operating system , are incompatible at the moment and will require updating.
Reddit user kaloyster has compiled a list of tweaks that are compatible here.
Jailbreaking is the term given to modifying the software on your iOS device so you can install third party software not certified by Apple. This can include enhanced user interface controls and commands as well as improved or enhanced animations, tools and all-manner of tweaks and programs. It’s actually safe to do and if you run in to problems, all you need to do is restore your phone using iTunes.
It’s an interesting move from a new team that could add some competition to the jailbreaking scene, which has been slow with releases as ways into iOS’s back doors in order to install the jailbreaks become harder to find.
The evad3rs team have also had a near-monopoly too in the last few years and the long wait many jailbreakers assumed would take place before a possible iOS 8 version appears to have been made a bit shorter.
It could also mean that a jailbreak for Apple’s forthcoming IOS 8 and even the highly anticipated iPhone 6 may not take months to arrive as we saw with the iPhone 5. I’ll be taking a closer look at the jailbreak over the next few days and once it’s confirmed it’s safe to use, I’ll run through the process step by step. The jailbreak is currently only compatible with Windows but am OSX version is in the works. The former can be downloaded from iclarified.com.
As usual, let me know your thoughts in the comments.