The only thing missing from the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1 has been the Mac OS X version, and as promised, the Chinese outfit has delivered for those running OS X. If you happen to own a Mac, and want to jailbreak your iPhone and iPad, we've the step by step tutorial all under one roof.
Apple rolled out iOS 8.1.1 beta a couple of days back, and along with the usual assortment of bug fixes and minor tweaks, the main alteration, at least as far as the jailbreak community is concerned, is the fact that it plugs exploits that have permitted Pangu8 to work its magic. Thus, when iOS 8.1.1 is deemed ready for prime time and Apple stops signing iOS 8.1, you will only then be able to update to iOS 8.1.1, which will in turn mean losing any immediate opportunity to jailbreak.
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.
Since first releasing its jailbreak tool for iOS 8 / 8.1 only a couple of weeks back, the Pangu team has remained dedicated to the task of improving it, and having pushed a major update last week to bump the version number up to 1.1, today sees the roll-out of Pangu8 1.2.0. Once again, there are a number of fixes and performance tweaks, and if you're planning on jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8 / 8.1, check the details after the leap!
Jailbreaking is alive and kicking thanks to the behind the scenes work of the Pangu team, which has now announced via Twitter that version 0.4 of its Pangu 8.0-8.1.x Untether package will be available shortly.
The Pangu team today released an update to the Pangu 8.0-8.1.x Untether package, pushing the patch to version 0.3, but it was pulled almost immediately because it caused issues on 64-bit devices, such as the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, 3 and iPad Air 1, 2.
As promised by the Pangu Team, the updated version of their Pangu8 utility is now available for download. Now sitting at version 1.1.0, the new and updated tool lets you jailbreak iOS 8 / 8.1 untethered, but with the added benefit of installing Cydia automatically from the get-go.
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.
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.
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.