Almost a month after iOS 7.1.1 released to the public, a jailbreak has been discovered for it and it’s been proven on video, as well as photographic evidence from another jailbreak hacker.
The iOS 7.1 update that came out back in March was the end of Evasi0n’s iOS 7 jailbreak run. It still works on iOS devices running iOS 7.0.6 or older, but if you already updated the software, you’re out of luck, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a device running an older version of iOS, although you can find a few on eBay that are selling for a bit over market value.
Jailbreak developers i0n1c and winocm were both able to successfully jailbreak iOS 7.1.1. i0n1c proved it by taking a photo of his iPhone 5c with the Cydia app open and having the version number displayed at the bottom, which reads “iOS 7.1.1”.
Winocm was also able to produce an iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak on her iPhone 4 and proved it on video by booting up the phone and showing us that the iPhone was indeed running iOS 7.1.1 and had Cydia installed and running, which is the big indicator that a jailbreak is successful.
Winocm noted that the jailbreak hack could certainly be ported to newer iOS devices like the iPhone 5s if someone was willing to “put in the effort.” Seeing as how iOS 8 is just around the corner, we doubt that jailbreak developers will do that.
This is still good news, as there’s hope for newer devices to be jailbroken eventually, but the newer chips that these newer devices have are a lot harder to crack than the older A4 chip that’s on the iPhone 4. Frankly, we’re not surprised that jailbreakers have already exploited the iPhone 4 on iOS 7.1.1.
The iPhone 4 is a lot easier to crack than, say, the iPhone 5s. Most likely, jailbreak developers will have to use a completely different exploit in order to jailbreak newer iOS devices, but we’ll have to wait and see.
We’ve said for awhile now that jailbreak developers will likely not release an iOS 7.1 or iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, simply because they don’t want to give away their secrets right before iOS 8 is about to be unveiled. Doing so would give Apple the chance to patch up iOS 8 and fix the exploits used for the jailbreak in iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1.
Granted, this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen proof of iOS 7.1 jailbreaks. Back in March we were treated with the knowledge that an exploit was discovered in the iPhone 4 that allowed an easy iOS 7.1 jailbreak, and a few days later the iPhone 4s was cracked with an iOS 7.1 jailbreak as well. However, a public release of this is still up in the air, which is why we doubt we’ll be able to get our hands on it anytime soon.
There is still hope, though. It’s possible that winocm could release the iPhone 4-only jailbreak at some point in the future, but we won’t hold our breath. Then again, we saw a jailbreak for iOS 6.1, so a release of an iOS 7.1 jailbreak doesn’t sound too far-fetched, but we can’t say we would be surprised if developers decided to keep it to themselves.
Jailbreak developer Pod2g was previously asked if an iOS 7.1 jailbreak is in the cards, and he simply replied with an “I don’t know.” He continued by saying that “there is a big chance the Evad3rs won’t focus on it as a team…expect that for iOS 8.”
So when can we expect the next jailbreak to arrive? Well, Apple will most likely unveil iOS 8 next month, but probably won’t release it to the public until later this year, similar to iOS 7’s timeline last year. After that, we should expect an iOS 8 jailbreak soon after, possibly in the late fall/early winter, or early next year. It seems far off, and it certainly is, but we’d say it’s in the best interest for the jailbreak community.
Of course, if you’re still on iOS 7.0.6 or older, you can jailbreak your iOS device with ease, just be sure to stay away from iOS 7.1 like the plague, as it will delete your jailbreak.
Of course, if you ever see claims that you can jailbreak your iPhone right now, they’re probably fake. An official jailbreak will cost nothing and we’ll be one of the first to report on its availability, so keep coming back for updates on when an official jailbreak might be released.