The Pangu team’s release of a jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1 was a very pleasant and prompt surprise, but while we commend the work of the Chinese outfit, the response from the wider community has been equally admirable. Saurik, the author and maintainer of Cydia, has been working tirelessly to bring Cydia up to compliance with both Pangu and iOS 8 / 8.1, and having released a major update last week with a number of fixes, has just rolled out version 1.1.16. Full details, changelog and information on how you can avail this latest version of Cydia can be found after the fold.

Just a few days ago, Saurik rolled out Cydia 1.1.15, which, among other improvements, brought multitasking support while also clearing up the long-standing passcode issue that had afflicted early adopters of the Pangu8 jailbreak. Today, Cydia 1.1.16 has just dropped, and once again, there is a healthy list of fixes and adjustments.

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Described as a “bug fix” release, it doesn’t disappoint, with the iOS 8 “restore from backup” feature now apparently working as it should. Previously, folks would need to reinstall Cydia Installer after using it, but as of Cydia 1.1.16, there should be no further issue.

The iOS multitasking support was added with the last update, and as opposed to a 15-second timeout, it has now been set to 15 minutes. Also thrown in with Cydia 1.1.15 was the blocking of App Store pop-ups, and now, this implementation has been improved to hopefully stop some from slipping through the net.

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The full changelog of Cydia 1.1.16 reads like this:

iOS 8 “Restore from Backup” Fixed

This update fixes an important bug in Cydia 1.1.14 and 1.1.15 on iOS 8: if you used “restore from backup” in iTunes after your first use of Cydia, you needed to reinstall this package to make sure your device could safely reboot with a passcode enabled.

It should now be OK to use the iTunes “restore from backup” feature without needing to then reinstall Cydia Installer afterward to avoid reboot problems.

Increase iOS 8 Multitask Timeout

Cydia automatically refreshes the package catalog if it was suspended too long. This timeout is now set to 15 minutes. It had previously been only 15 seconds, because that’s what I was using to test this feature, and I forgot to change it back. (Doh.)

Improved App Store Redirect Block

The initial version of this feature turned out to only be partially effective: we have done wider testing and have improved our iTunes URL detection.

Login Dialog on iPad Works Now

Apparently, logging in to an account on an iPad would not reload the login dialog, making it seem like you needed to log in again?! This is now fixed.

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In order to update to the latest version of Cydia and reap the benefits as outlined above, fire up Cydia, run a search for ‘Cydia Installer’, and ensure that you have the latest release by checking that the version number is indeed 1.1.16. If not, simply refresh, then install, and once you’ve rebooted, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest edition complete with all of the improvements detailed above.

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