If you upgraded to iOS 8 when it was initially released last week before the iPhone 6 launched, you were still able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2 if you didn’t like the new changes. However, Apple has officially quit signing iOS 7.1.2, which means if you updated to iOS 8, it’s now too late to downgrade to iOS 7.1.2.
This certainly isn’t out of the ordinary for Apple to prevent users from downgrading to older versions of iOS. The company likes to have its users stick to the latest version once they upgraded, so it usually closes out older versions of iOS after a week or so when a newer version is released.
This news is especially important to those whose iOS devices are jailbroken on iOS 7.1.2 or earlier. If you update to iOS 8, you’ll lose your jailbreak and won’t be able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2, so be extra careful when plugging your iPhone or iPad into your computer and opening iTunes, as the program will ask you to download and install iOS 8. Remember when your parents taught you to “just say no”? Now is that time.
When will we see an iOS 8 jailbreak then? Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.
We likely won’t see an iOS 8 jailbreak until closer to the end of the year at the earliest, and that’s because jailbreak developers don’t want Apple to patch up the exploits used for the jailbreak too early. What this means is that if devs were to release the jailbreak to iOS 8 right now, Apple would quickly patch it up before the company releases another iOS 8 update, which would mean jailbreak devs would have to start from square one again.
We should ultimately expect the same time frame as the iOS 7 jailbreak, which was released a few months after iOS 7 was publicly launched in September 2013. Because of this, you’ll be waiting a while for an official iOS 8 jailbreak to release.
iOS 8 comes with a very similar user interface that practically remains unchanged from iOS 7, but it includes some very cool features that we’ve seen before in other apps and in jailbreak tweaks, but are now coming to iOS natively.
However, what if you actually want to lose your jailbreak so that you can update to iOS 8 and get the new features? No one’s stopping you, and you’re free to do so. We actually have a guide on how to update to iOS 8 from an iOS 7 jailbreak the right way.
If you’ve made the decision to lose your jailbreak and update to iOS 8, there are a few things to keep in mind before you take the plunge. Most notably, it’s important how exactly you restore your iPhone and update to iOS 8. Updating from a jailbroken iPhone to a new version of iOS 8 isn’t all that complicated, but it’s also not a quick and dirty process.
You’ll want to make sure you perform a full backup through iTunes, and then you’ll want to do a full restore while updating to iOS 8. From there, you can then restore your apps and settings to your iPhone or iPad, and you should be greeted with a working copy of iOS 8.