An official iOS 7.1 jailbreak has been available for the iPhone 4 for quite a while now, but a new iOS 7.1 jailbreak is supposedly available that works for all iPhones and iPads, and it’s untethered. The only problem with it, is that it’s fake.
iOS jailbreak developer i0n1c has teased in the past that he successfully jailbroke his iPhone 5c running iOS 7.1.1 and even posted a video on YouTube demonstrating it all. He calls the jailbreak Cyberelevat0r and there’s now a website where you can download the jailbreak and apply it to your own iOS device, but hold your horses.
While the jailbreak itself might be for real, the public release is fake, according to Evasi0n team member MuscleNerd, who says that the Cyberelevat0r website is “the best-looking fake jailbreak so far,” and notes that users are greeted with a survey scam when they go to download the jailbreak.
It’s a little odd to see a reputable jailbreak developer launch a fake jailbreak website, but i0n1c hasn’t been too happy with the jailbreak community as of recently, creating unnecessary drama on Twitter and retweeting tweets that talk about how pathetic jailbreakers apparently are. By that token, we’re not too surprised that he’s been trolling all of us recently.
Furthermore, iOS hacker DarthNull reiterates that a jailbreak release a week before iOS 8 will be announced is probably one of the most insane things that someone could believe, and notes that users shouldn’t expect a public jailbreak release until at least after iOS 8 has been announced.
We’ve said for a while 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.
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 at the latest. It seems far off, and it certainly is, but we’d say it’s in the best interest for the jailbreak community.
It’s possible that jailbreak devs could release an iOS 7.1.x jailbreak at some point during the summer when iOS 8 betas are out and about, but that’s also up in the air. Apple would still have the chance to patch up any exploits during the beta process, so releasing a jailbreak to the public during iOS 8’s beta phase probably won’t happen either.
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 and Apple seems pretty adamant on trying to get its users to update to the latest version. Because of this, you’ll have to be more careful than how you might have been in the past.
Also, if you ever see other claims that you can jailbreak your iPhone right now, they’re probably fake. An official jailbreak will cost nothing and won’t come with any survey scams. Plus, 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.