iOS 8 beta has been widely tested by developers and even some users have risked and updated to the beta 1, 2, 3 or 4 via iTunes and without a registered UDID number. Still there is one big question. iOS 7 jailbreak vs. iOS 8 update. What is better? Is it worth staying on the previous firmware with tons of tweaks and hacks or enjoy the new version that can’t be jailbroken at the moment?
There is a chance that hackers release jailbreak untethered for iOS 8 as soon as this operating system version becomes public which is expected in September 2014. This is a good situation and this way users can easily update and jailbreak their device waiting till all developers update their applications and games.
However, it might take hackers a couple of months or even half a year before they present jailbreak for this update firmware and thus you should decide whether you are going to wait or wish to stay on your previous OS version.
There are several untethered jailbreak tools for iOS 7. The latest news from Evad3rs team or Pangu team from China and p0sixspwn for earlier iOS 6.1.3-6.1.5 make it possible to jailbreak this firmware with ease. You have a big choice of programs to use so this is not a problem to perform untethered jailbreak right now.
This gives you a huge selection of jailbreak apps, tweaks, hacks to use on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to customize and modify it.
At the same time, iOS 8 firmware brings a lot of new features and options not available in the original iOS 6 and 7. Some of these features used to be tweaks and will now become official which is great. For example, Apple has introduced better notifications, fast SMS respond, support for third-party keyboards etc.
iOS 7 vs iOS 8
Are you eager to lose your jailbreak because of the upgrade to iOS 8? Have a native firmware with apps is surely better but updating to the newest operating system add innovative features which is also great.
If you decide to install iOS 8 you will benefit in the following ways:
Apple warranty isn’t voided
A lot of new features and options
Support by Apple
Security with iOS 8 activation lock
The problem with iOS 8 is it supports only several iPhones: iPhone 5S, 5c, 5, and 4S, iPod touch 5G and iPads: mini, Air, and 2, 3 and 4 models. It can’t be jailbroken yet.
If you prefer staying on iOS 7 you have these advantages:
A lot of great features
Tons of jailbreak tweaks once you jailbreak
Support for iPhone 4 which is not supported by iOS 8
A lot of games and programs not supported by Apple
It’s up to you to decide which firmware suits your desires when you look at iOS 8 vs. iOS 7 jailbreak.
Is iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak for iPhone worth staying with Apple and not changing your platform to Android? It is surely worth. There are a lot of fans of ‘fruit’ devices in the world and there are customers who prefer getting other smartphones. This is a common situation for all brands, and if you read iOS 7.1 jailbreak news you know that it is possible to jailbreak untether iOS 7.1 and 7.1.x firmware these days thanks to Pangu app.
Of course, a jailbroken device is sensitive to viruses and different malware files like the one discovered lately that steals money from developers changing ad IDs. But at the same time, there is a jailbreaking community with famous and trusted hackers who comment on iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak news and say that Pangu contains no malicious programs and additions.
It might be easier to customize Android phone without jailbreaking it, but with Apple strict rules and a little number of customization apps users who have the iPhone or iPad choose to untether jailbreak their gadgets and install tons of useful hacks, tweaks and apps from Cydia unofficial app store.
If two well-known hackers iH8sn0w and MuscleNerd say that it is safe to download jailbreak iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2 and 7.1 called Pangu [it was developed by earlier unknown Pangu team from China], then it is indeed safe to use this tool.
Jailbreak 7.1 iPhone with Pangu can be easily performed. The program is working automatically, it only makes you change the date on your iDevice to June 2, 2014. This is pretty much it. The Chinese hackers update their program to fix bugs found in previous releases so you can follow their reports and also upgrade your jailbreak to avoid reboot loop and other possible problems.
While 7.1.2 jailbreak for iPhone and iPad exists [and Pangu is the ONLY jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x platform at the moment] it is wrong not to try it out.
There is no need to switch your iOS world to other platforms when you can improve it through jailbreaking and Cydia tweaks.
The Chinese group of hackers who presented the only untethered iOS 7.1.2, 7.1.1 and 7.1 jailbreak also promised to release Pangu Cydia package v.0.3 with fixes to problems with sandbox. This happened a couple of days ago, and then… the package was removed.
Pangu jailbreak fix for Cydia was a long-awaited launch. Users who jailbroke their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch had issues with sandbox and reboot loop problems. The bugs were experienced by particular models, but since they existed users wished to get Pangu sandbox issue fix along with reboot loop fix.
Pangy Cydia package which was available in Cydia included afc2 extra. With its help users could access heir filesystem. Then the package called Pangu 7.1-7.1.x Untether 0.3 was gone. What has happened and why has it occurred?
The second update of package for Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.2 and earlier firmware versions was with bugs, and the third upgrade seems to have the same problem. What was supposed to fix the problems brought new issues, and according to Cydia creator Saurik hackers from Pangu team asked him to remove the package version 0.3.
If you have installed v.0.3 you are advised to delete it. You better use package 0.1 and wait till the Chinese team comes up with a new solution. As Saurik notes, he felt that there would be problems with the package from the very beginning. He mentions that anything that asks users to reboot can cause problems eventually. Some files have bugs and this is why Pangu package for Cydia bug fix failed to work to a lot of users.
You might remember how users explained crashes in version 0.2 with the light sensor. No one could explain reasons for 0.3 version bugs, so Pangu decided to take it down and find a new fix.
Along with Pangu iOS 7.1.2, 7.1.1 and 7.1 jailbreak there is one more tool that supports at least iPhone jailbreaking. It is known as GTISC iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak for Mac and Windows and it was created by a group of students from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center [GTISC].
It is now unclear if students Yeongjin Jang and Tielei Wang are planning to make their exploits public or not. So far Jang known as @blue9057 demonstrates his iPhone 5S being jailbroken on iOS 7.1.1. Jang also noted that this program supports iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak tether meaning you have to run special recovery application to maintain jailbreak status after each reboot.
There is another public jailbreak for iOS 7.1.2 for Mac and Windows called Pangu. It was created by a group of hackers from China. It is free to use and available to public.
Unlike GTISC creating, Pangu offers jailbreak for iOS 7.1.2 untethered for iPhone and other iDevices. In other words, your jailbroken status remains after reboots. It only disappears after you update to a newer firmware version.
iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak has been reportedly discovered by guides from Tech Information Security Center in Georgia, however their program hasn’t become public yet so it’s difficult to say whether the jailbreaking community will get another iPad and iPhone iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak solution. Now you can jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 using GTISC method on Windows.This good news came along with the price drop for iPhone unlock. You can check it out too.Security researchers are believed to discover some vulnerabilities that weren’t patched y Apple yet to make iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak untethered or tethered possible. It is unclear what type of jailbreak was found by GTISC.It is also unclear when Ph.D. students who discovered the vulnerabilities and make it possible to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 iPhone and iPad untethered or tethered are going to present their creation to public. Maybe they will keep it to themselves and not going to share with others.
One of the students, Tielei Wang, says that the team is going to exploit the techniques found but doesn’t specify the exact day. They promised it to happen during BlackHat USA 2014 event, but there is still no public data on the new jailbreaking tool for iOS 7.1.2.
The only public program is iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak Pangu created by guys from China who made it possible to untether iOS 7.1, 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 iDevices.
Pangu supports both Windows and Mac computers. It is not difficult to use, but it makes users change the date on the smartphone or tablet back to June 2. The Chinese team updates their untether jailbreak once in a while to fix bugs and improve jailbreaking experience.
iPhone users who like to jailbreak their smartphones surely know about Evasi0n and Pangu jailbreak tools. The first one was introduced by the infamous Evad3rs team of hackers and it supports iOS 7 and 7.0.x firmware versions widely used by millions of people across the world. The second one is the creation of the Chinese team of hackers who were unknown till they introduced this only solution for 7.1.x firmware jailbreaks.
Both Pangu jailbreak and Evasi0n jailbreak are nominated for 2014 Pwnie Awards! These programs might get the awards as hackers did a big job creating the exploits and releasing the solution for public use to free people from all the restrictions set by Apple.
The Pwnie Awards is the ceremony that is held each year. It celebrates all the innovations discovered by hackers and security researchers and awards the best of the best. Both Pangu and Evad3rs team are good are finding bugs and holes in the mobile firmware and using them to create the special programs that can jailbreak the iPhones and iPads.
iOS 7 Jailbreaks Evasi0n and Pangu Might Get Pwnie Awards
iOS 7 jailbreak awards nomination is a great sign. This means that both programs can be used no matter what some people might say. Of course, it is risky to jailbreak, but most people succeed without any problems and consequences.
Both iOS 7 jailbreak tools are nominated for the same award titled “Best Privilege Escalation Bug” meaning there should be only one winner unless judges decide to share this award between the two teams.
As the Nomination page of the Awards state, this award will go to the team that exploited and found the most interesting escalation vulnerability. As the event organizers say, Evasi0n jailbreak was nominated for the second year in a row. In 2014 they managed to use four vulnerabilities to allow people untethering their devices.
As for Pangu tool, the credit is given not only to the Chinese guys but also to Stefan Esser, whose exploits are used by this team. This jailbreak is a hit that no one expected to see and find a great tool now as this is the only solution for untether iOS 7.1.x jailbreak. At the same time, Pangu jailbreakers state that they found all the exploits themselves.
The Chinese hackers thank the Pwnie Awards for this nomination, but add
“we want to clarify since Pangu 1.1. all the kernel bugs are originally discovered by us”
iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak untethered is possible for this latest firmware release for iPhone 5S, 5, 5c, 4S, 4 and different iPads along with iPod touch 5G. The recent Chinese development called Pangu that was originally created for jailbreaking iOS 7.1.1 is said to support the firmware 7.1.2 as well.The firmware update fixes some problems and can even be problematic for users to install. Still once you hard boot your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad in case the upgrade freezes in the middle of the process, you are able to untethered jailbreak 7.1.2 using Pangu tool.
Right now Pangu seems to support three versions of Apple mobile operating system, including iOS 7.1.2, 7.1.1 and 7.1.
How to Jailbreak Untethered iOS 7.1.2 iPhone / iPad with Pangu
Follow this guide and you will become jailbroken.
Step 1. You have to turn off the passcode lock option through Settings application. Open General menu and go to Passcode Lock On to disable it.
Step 2. Backup your handset or tablet device. Since jailbreaking always voids Apple warranty it is not completely safe to perform and you takes risks personally. Use either iCloud or iTunes for this.
Step 3. Your iTunes has to be update to the latest version.
Step 4. You can download jailbreak for iOS 7.1.2 Pangu.
Step 5. You should launch the program. If you are on Windows, you should open the fil as an Administrator.
Chinese iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak problems is not news as there were some issues with 7.1.1 jailbreak on Mac or Win as well using the same tool. Apple has just updated its firmware and a lot of people were fast to use the exploit with further jailbreak bugs on iOS 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 versions.
As people note, the bug on iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak makes app disappear from your Home screen. This is pretty weird but people keep complain about the problem. It’s hard to say at the moment whether iOS 7 app disappeared from the Home screen because of Pangu or for some other reasons.
It could be possible that the iOS 7 apps disappear after jailbreak but because they are incompatible jailbroken programs with Pangu exploit. Some experts believe the 7.1.1 jailbreak issues might surface because of the .plist file not loading the correct way.
If you simply delete the jailbreaking tweak, the bug should be gone. The question is how you can find which tweak causes the bug in order to delete it. Everything is not as simple as if you have a lot of tweaks loaded on your iPhone or iPad you will have to remove them one by one checking if the problem is gone and when.
Pangu jailbreak and app disappear issue can be solved in another way as well. As some Reddit members note ReddestDream and kozerq, you can try to run “uicache” comman via OpenSSH or MobileTerminal [to fix the .plist file and icons] or remove com.apple.mobile.installation.plist and com.apple.LaunchServces-056.csstore files located in /var/mobile/Library/Caches/.
Note that the solutions above might mess up the layout you are used to. Whenever you delete your system files you might cause another problem so do this only if you are sure you are doing everything correctly and won’t ruin your devices OS.
Pangu hackers from China have updated their Pangu iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak for Mac users. This program was previously available to Windows users only and it came with Chinese language, while now you can enjoy the English version of the only public exploit for version 7.1.1.
iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can download 7.1.1 jailbreak for Mac and Windows from the official site. Hackers assure their minor update also solves some problems discovered in the program designed for PC owners.
The untethered jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1 has made a lot of people happy and some famous hackers upset. For example, i0n1c says he is not happy since the Chinese hackers used his exploit. Another hacker, BlackGeek says he wishes to release his tool for iOS 8 beta jailbreak using Pangu creation.
Version 1.1 can help you jailbreak either iOS 7.1 or 7.1.1 iDevice. The program should work on all iPhones starting from iPhone 4 and up to 5S, iPod touch 5G and iPads beginning with iPad 2. As Chinese team notes, their update stops using i0n1c exploit and begins using another bug leak.
If you are not afraid of risking [the exploit used in this update is not known while previous i0n1c hole was safe to use] you can download iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak on Mac and test it on your iDevice.
It’s your decision. The program works good, as users note, and is simple to follow as you will get on-screen instructions after you launch the .exe file. Just create a backup of your gadget in case anything goes wrong and enjoy staying jailbroken!
Pangu 7.1.1 jailbreak that has reportedly burnt at least two exploits as hacker Stefan Esser posted on his Twitter might help another developer BlackGeek to release his program for iOS 8 jailbreak. The creator of Geeksn0w, BlackGeek, is now teasing the jailbreaking community with his possible plans to publicly launch iOS 8 beta jailbreak for first and second betas.
It is hard to say now whether this hacker has already found a way how to jailbreak iOS 8 beta 1 and 2 himself as he says that he needs an official permission for the Chinese Pangu team for using their program. We can’t say at this moment when exactly iOS 8 untethered jailbreak is to be released for public.
Developers are now testing the new firmware 8 that should be launched somewhere in September [some sources mention September 17 as the official iOS 8 release date]. Users who are not afraid of taking risks have also installed the new betas on their iPhones and iPads without a dev account with Apple through iTunes trick.
You can look for new or keep an eye on Geeksn0w creator’s news [http://www.geeksn0w.it/Pangu_unofficial/index.html] as the untethered jailbreak for iOS 8 might appear unexpectedly just like it happened with iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak. No one even thought that the solution would become public so soon as all the famous hacker’s teams said they are preserving their exploits for future jailbreaks and don’t want to waste them on the current 7.1.1 version.
For now, BlackGeek assures that he took the same exploit that became the basis for Pangu creation for his program. He also changed and improved the resources use by the Pangu team of hackers from China.
In the past, the jailbreaking community stayed away of launching public jailbreak solutions for beta firmware versions because this way Apple gets a change of closing the exploits before it officially releases its new big update.