Apple is expected to release iOS 8.2 at some point in the near future, seeing as how the first beta to the second major iOS 8 update has been released, and already we’re seeing an iOS 8.2 jailbreak.
The Chinese dev team that goes by the name TaiG released a jailbreak that works with the latest iOS 8 update, which is iOS 8.1.1. However, the jailbreak also works with the iOS 8.2 beta, meaning that you can technically jailbreak an iOS 8 update that isn’t even out yet, which is rather impressive.
Of course, jailbreak developers have claimed to have successfully jailbroken beta versions of iOS updates in the past, but never before have those jailbreaks been available to the public until now.
There’s currently no speculation on when Apple will release the iOS 8.2 update to the public, but the update does come with Apple Watch support, and since the company’s smartwatch is set to release at some point early next year, we could see the iOS 8.2 update at that time or even earlier.
Apple released its iOS 8.1.1 update last month as a minor update to the iPhone and iPad, but it also patched up the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak, meaning that users who were running iOS 8.1.1 could not jailbreak their devices, at least until TaiG jumped in. The iOS 8.1.1 update was mostly meant for the older iPhone 4s and the iPad 2 in order to fix a handful of bugs and improve performance overall.
Apple’s patching up of the Pangu jailbreak in iOS 8.1.1 really isn’t too surprising, as Apple has been known to patch up jailbreak exploits with its next iOS update. This could mean that iOS 8.2 could come patched up when it eventually releases to the public, so don’t get your hopes up for an iOS 8.2 jailbreak right out of the box.
The TaiG jailbreak currently only works on Windows machines for the installation process and there’s no word on whether or not a Mac version will be on the way, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it soon enough.
Just like with Pangu, TaiG is a Chinese-based jailbreak, so the website and the installation instructions are mostly in Chinese, but we have a how-to guide that will take you through the process of jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.1.1. However, if you’ve been brave enough to install the Pangu jailbreak in the past when it was mostly in Chinese, then you should be able to handle the TaiG jailbreak without much trouble, although there are a few added steps that you’ll need to be aware of.
Something else to note is that Apple is still signing iOS 8.1, which means if you updated to iOS 8.1.1, but want to downgrade, you can do so for now, and we have a handy guide that teaches you how to downgrade your iOS device to iOS 8.1 from iOS 8.1.1. From there, you can use Pangu’s iOS 8 jailbreak.
Normally, you wouldn’t be able to downgrade back down to an older version of iOS, but Apple is keeping iOS 8.1 open for a longer amount of time, allowing users to downgrade if they wish.
However, since iOS 8.1.1 is the latest version of iOS, you can’t simply open up iTunes and “update” to an older version. You have to add on a couple more steps, but luckily it’s fairly easy.