The iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 jailbreak is set to be released by the Pangu team. Initially the team announced the release of a developer version, but later removed the download link. This is quite a fast move.
This is great news for jailbreakers, but the developer version does not install Cydia or other common services. Instead, this is a pure jailbreak that will enable developers to update their tweaks prior to Cydia being available for iOS 8. This jailbreak is said to be compatible with all devices capable of running iOS 8 including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2. According to a recent Reddit thread, Cydia’s creator Saurik is working on making it compatible.
Just like the last release it seems that this jailbreak tool will only be compatible with Windows computers at launch according the team’s official website. It’s unclear when an OS X compatible version will be released, but hopefully it won’t be too long after the public gets a hold of the Windows version.
Should I Jailbreak My iPhone, iPad or iPod?
The jailbreak process removes software restrictions of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, allowing users to run custom apps, enjoy the cool themes, tweaks and tools that aren’t allowed on the App Store.
However, since the release of iOS 7, the number of people who like to jailbreak their devices gets smaller. As many feel that iOS has reached a point where thery’re perfectly fine without all of the tweaks and themes. Some are also afraid that they may lose data after jailbreak or the battery drain fast after jailbreak.
Many of the giants in the jailbreak community have been skeptical about an iOS 8 jailbreak, mostly because many of they were not actively working on one in the first place. Even the Evad3rs dev team that was responsible for the initial iOS 7 jailbreak said that jailbreaking was getting “boring” for them. This isn’t too surprising to hear, as jailbreaking certainly isn’t as exciting as it was when the iPhone first came out in 2007.
Notice that iOS 8 has included many features that you can explore without jailbreak, like Wi-Fi calling and Family Sharing. Have a try of these magic features which are sure to make your life with iOS more convenient and colorful.