The timing of the Pangu8 jailbreak for devices running iOS 8 has meant that those on iOS 8.0 right through to the latest public build of iOS 8.1 can enjoy the freedom of an untethered jailbreak, irrespective of whether they’re rocking an iPhone, iPad or fifth-gen iPod touch. Apple has just rolled out a beta of iOS 8.1.1, which applies a number of key fixes and performance enhancements, but in a bit of disappointing news as far as the jailbreak scene is concerned, also appears to have patched some of the exploits that have allowed Pangu8 to reach so many.

As such, the obvious advice to those still dithering on the subject of whether to jailbreak is to, at the very least, install iOS 8.1 sooner rather than later. By updating to iOS 8.1, you’ll have access to some of the major new features like Apple Pay, and also, the possibility of an untethered jailbreak via Pangu8 for as long as you happen to stick with said software.

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Apple used to be very swift in its anti-jailbreaking measures, but just recently, has slacked off a little in favor of addressing some more pressing issues with its mobile software. But a mere two weeks after Pangu8 went public, iOS 8.1.1 beta has already hit the developer channels, and once it too reaches the public domain, it’s almost certain that those updating will be stuck on a firmware version that cannot be jailbroken through Pangu’s mystical powers.

What this revelation also demonstrates is the shift in the way Apple deals with its mobile software as a whole. The days of one major ‘x.1’ update in the early new year are gone, with iOS 8.2 and 8.3 expected to follow over the next few months, and now, the fact that Apple has taken to patching jailbreaks in initial betas rather than several betas down the line indicates that more effort is being put into every single update.

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The news of the Pangu exploit being patched in iOS 8.1.1 comes from the Pangu team itself. Their full (translated) statement on Weibo is as follows:

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. After our tests, it has patched the jailbreak exploit. Anyone who wish to jailbreak, please seize the chance to upgrade to iOS 8.1 and do so before Apple officially releases iOS 8.1.1.

So, while there’s no need to panic – you’ll still be able to update and jailbreak freely until iOS 8.1.1 is deemed ready for prime time – the end of Pangu8’s reign as the go-to jailbreak tool for iOS 8 is now well and truly in sight; at least, for now.

If the idea of a jailbreak appeals to you, be sure to update to iOS 8.1 as soon as possible, and when iOS 8.1.1 does eventually rear its head, you’ll need to avoid it like the plague.

(Source: Reddit)

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