The jailbreak scene is one long cat-and-mouse battle between Apple and the hackers that make the exploits possible, and whenever a jailbreak does become available, such as the Evasi0n7 untether, the onus is then upon Apple to plug the holes. Whereas once upon a time, we’d see an update within the week to patch the jailbreak, things haven’t been quite like that this time around, but although the third beta of iOS 7.1 firmware came back negative, so to speak, it looks like Apple has begun patching the exploits with the just-released fourth beta.
For a while, it was looking as though Apple may have been planning on waiting until the final beta before shattering our iOS 7.1 jailbreaking prospects right at the last hurdle. But nay; the kernel exploit used by Evasi0n7, which allows the jailbreak to take place, has been patched according to a tweet by developer iH8sn0w, with the renowned hacker later adding that folks should not expect an Evasi0n7 update for iOS 7.1b4+.
iH8sn0w had initially pointed out that userland exploits were not plugged with 7.1 beta 4, but with kernel exploits having been patched, it looks inevitable that no more jailbreaks will be released for betas. In fact, the only reason the third beta build was supported by Evasi0n was because Apple had basically left all the jailbreak gaps untouched, but to go ahead and try picking at Apple’s half-baked jailbreak clear-up would be pointless when we’re talking about software that is still some stages from end-user release.
So, it now looks like the jailbreak scene, and notably the Evad3rs team, will be regrouping and preparing itself for the next big release of iOS before it considers making any major updates to the Evasi0n tool. Whether this will be for iOS 7.1 GM or not remains to be seen, but with MuscleNerd also noting that comments on beta exploits being plugged by Apple is something of a rarity, and if anything only helps Apple, don’t expect too much fanfare as the Cupertino continues rolling out these pre-release installments.
If you wish to download the beta, you can do so by signing up to the Developers Program, which also gives you privileged access to several other pre-release software for both iOS and Mac as well as associated Apple products.