The Pangu team has delivered an untethered iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak when we least expected it. Having surprised us with the impromptu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x, the Chinese team has come through with another solution for the all-new iOS 8.x. As mentioned in our initial coverage, dubbed as Pangu8, it works with iOS 8.0 all the way through to the latest iOS 8.1, and below, we’ll be showing you how to jailbreak your device using the tool.

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The Pangu team has just announced via Twitter that users who’ve jailbroken using Pangu8 1.0 can go ahead and install Cydia directly from the Pangu app itself. Given that Pangu 1.1 is set to arrive shortly – a release that will inject Cydia as part of the jailbreaking process – those who’ve waited so long for a simpler set of steps finally have their wish, and if you don’t want to wait for the next major installment of Pangu, you can instead pluck Cydia 1.1.14 from the current version.

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UPDATE: Team Pangu has released a tool to jailbreak iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 untethered on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, all iPads, and iPod touch 5. You can read more about it all, along with jailbreaking instructions, download link and more for new jailbreak in our dedicated articles given below.

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The jailbreak scene has once again surpassed itself with the promptness of the release of a jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1. Not only do we have to applaud the work of the Chinese Pangu jailbreak team, but the endeavors of Cydia author Saurik and his developers has been just as commendable. The only issue with this untether is that it’s not exactly noob-proof, with many of the steps involved in jailbreaking, manually installing Cydia and such requiring at least a passable amount of prior knowledge. But Pangu has announced that it is well into combining its tool with the very latest version of Cydia, and once testing and consultation with Saurik has commenced, could release to the end user as soon as tomorrow.

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A major update has just been made to Cydia, driving the version number up to 1.1.15 whilst adding a number of fixes largely specific to iOS 8 / 8.1, the new iPhones, and the Pangu8 jailbreak.

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As far as jailbreakers are concerned, Cydia is the focal point of the entire experience. The go-to hub for tweaks, themes and other niceties, it’s considered the central portal, the nucleus of the entire operation. But as many have begun to discover with this latest Pangu8 untether, Cydia doesn’t operate alone, and in actual fact, there are a number of key apps and services driving devices that have been jailbroken. Cydia Substrate, also developed and maintained by Cydia author Saurik, is an essential piece of the jigsaw, and after a couple of major updates already since Pangu arrived ten days ago, version 0.9.5016 brings fixes for jailbreakers running older versions of iOS.

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The following tutorial will help you fix Cydia Passcode boot loop issue after you have jailbroken your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 8.x using the Pangu8 jailbreak tool. It is important to note that the current version of Cydia and Pangu8 are not ready for primetime yet and hence has lots of issues. Follow the guide only if you are an advance user and have prior knowledge of SSHing into an iOS device. Make sure you backup your data before starting.

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Shazam has essentially eliminated that ever-so-annoying “what song is this, again?” conversation that we used to have amongst ourselves whenever we heard a song we liked on the radio. As a third-party app / service, it’s been running for years now, but with iOS 8, Apple took the favorable step of baking it into Siri. So instead of using the app – which becomes typically hard to find when you know a song is about to end – one can simply ask for title, artist and album through the digital slave that is Siri. Yes, this is even more convenient than Shazam as we already knew it pre-iOS 8, but then again, at least Shazam keeps a neat list that we can always refer to. iOS 8 does too, although it’s a little trickier to find, and so, we’ve compiled a very little guide to help you find a list of the songs that you’ve asked Siri to tag.

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One of the great, albeit somewhat belated features Apple has introduced with iOS 8 is the ability to add third-party widgets. Back when the new software first dropped last month, we outlined a number of great widgets that we recommended you try out, and now, we’re back with a handful more. Whether you’re looking for basic utilities or for a way to remain engaged with Twitter, this little list covers all bases, and with seven great widgets in total, we’re sure you’ll find your next must-have after the fold.

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that Handoff basically integrates your Mac and iOS device which allows the user to seamlessly begin task on one machine – say a Mac – and pick it up from another, such as an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Users can now smoothly ‘hand off’ a task to another device.

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In order to get the Pangu8 jailbreak working properly in the first place, Cydia author Saurik had to make some impromptu fixes to Cydia Substrate last week, and with the new Pangu Untether 0.2 having rolled out just yesterday, a number of further bugs have been addressed in a new version of Substrate. If you’re jailbroken on iOS 8 with Pangu, then this is a very necessary update, fixing issues with booting, syncing, and other major challenges that the jailbreak scene has faced these past eight days.

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When a new iPhone or iPad comes out, accessory makers usually scramble to get new cases, covers and charging stands out the door before their big competitors can beat them to the punch. One of those accessory companies is Logitech, makers of all manner of little wonders that enhance our iOS devices.

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were both unveiled just under two weeks ago at a special event on the Cupertino campus, and while we had long since anticipated a number of the features, there have been one or two surprises thrown in for good measure. No less, perhaps, is the fact that the iPad Air 2 includes NFC, something that the company neglected to mention at the keynote, but as we continue to digest the new interior hardware, one area that hasn’t been the subject of much focus is the display. For those intrigued to see how the iPad Air 2′s panel stands up against the iPad mini 3 and, also, the preceding iPad Air, this rather thorough shoot-out assesses the key features of each.

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The Pangu jailbreak team has just rolled out the 8.0-8.1.x Untether 0.2 package, which contains a number of bug fixes and minor enhancements. All of the relevant details, including how to avail the new package if you’re jailbroken on iOS 8.0 – iOS 8.1, can be seen after the fold.

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The rush to get iOS 8-compatible versions of jailbreak tweaks out the door is well and truly on, and we’re starting to see some of the real heavy hitters in the jailbreak scene start to get updates out the door. The famous Ryan Petrich is one that everyone looks to, and the man himself has now pushed new beta releases of some of his most popular tweaks into his beta repo for iOS 8.

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Turns out, the ability to switch carriers on the go on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 may not be as simple as Apple foresaw it. AT&T has announced that it for one will not be playing second fiddle to Apple, and will lock the Apple SIM to the AT&T network once an iPad connects to it. Apple is currently shipping all GSM-enabled iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets with the Apple SIM.

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Here’s a complete and detailed visual comparison of Apple iOS 8 versus Google Android 5.0 Lollipop. Check out the screenshots after the jump.

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The Pangu8 jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1 came as a big surprise for the jailbreak community, but with a lot of complexities as well. One of those complexities was missing Cydia after jailbreaking our devices. Even though Saurik updated Cydia to work with iOS 8 / 8.1, the installation method was completely manual, and still remains so at least as of this writing.

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This week has seen the very first jailbreak released for the new iOS 8 – 8.1 firmware, and whereas, ordinarily, the process of using a jailbreak tool is fairly simple to the end user, the decision of Chinese team Pangu to roll its exploit out so early has left a trail of compatibility issues. Fortunately Saurik, the guy behind Cydia among a number of other integral jailbreak services, has been hard at work in making the required adjustments, and having brought Cydia and Substrate up to speed, has now released an updated version of AFC2.

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Turns out, the monster-of-a-tablet iPad Air 2 has actually been very modest about its specs. The device does sport an NFC chip, and this raises a few eyebrows. You see, Apple never marketed, let alone mentioned this addition to the tablet’s hardware.

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