Apple released the second minor update to iOS 8.1 today, coming with the usual bug fixes. As for an iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak, those details are still up in the air at this point.
While iOS 8.1.2 is a rather minor update, it fixes a big problem which affected users who purchased ringtones from iTunes, but wouldn’t be able to get them back if they switched devices. This new update allows users to get those ringtones back.
After updating to iOS 8.1.2, iPhone users will discover that any ringtones they purchased from iTunes can be restored to their device. Many users have complained about that issue for months, but it seems that Apple listened closely, although the update could’ve easily come sooner.
For users who have jailbroken iOS devices running iOS 8.1.1, we’d advise that you stay away from updating to iOS 8.1.2 for now, even though the possibility of an iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak is extremely likely.
According to several jailbreakers on Reddit, iOS 8.1.2 does not patch up the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak from TaiG. However, many are still warning users to stay away from the update until the TaiG jailbreak is tested with iOS 8.1.2, for which no one has reported on that just yet.
UPDATE: An iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak has been released.
However, other users have reported that the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak doesn’t work on iOS 8.1.2, but that it could just be a matter of changing a few lines of code in the jailbreak to get it to work with iOS 8.1.2, since it’s such a minor update and none of the big exploits have been patched up.
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. However, a new jailbreak has been released by TaiG that works with iOS 8.1.1.
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.
TaiG is a new dev team that recently joined the jailbreaking scene with its iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, following shortly after Pangu joined the community with it’s iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak earlier this year. Both dev teams operate out of China, so the jailbreaks are Chinese-based, but English versions have released for the jailbreak tools.
Apple patched up Pangu’s iOS 8 jailbreak with the release of iOS 8.1.1, which really isn’t too surprising, as Apple has been known to patch up jailbreak exploits with the next iOS update, so iOS 8.1.1 was bound to be that big update.
Pangu released the original iOS 8 jailbreak last month. It’s the same dev team who was responsible for the iOS 7.1 jailbreak that released earlier this year, and it essentially came out of nowhere. They came back with an iOS 8-iOS 8.1 jailbreak, which experienced a bit of a buggy launch.
For starters, the jailbreak didn’t have Cydia included yet, simply because it was not fully ready for iOS 8, but Saurik (the active developer for Cydia) was quickly working on an update, and while there’s still a few kinks to work out, Cydia finally works with the iOS 8 jailbreak.
Furthermore, the jailbreak was only compatible on Windows machines, with an OS X version coming later, which was the same when Pangu released the iOS 7.1 jailbreak earlier this year.
However, the good news is that this iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak from TaiG works with all devices that are capable of running iOS 8, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2, as well as older devices like the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
In any case, it’s odd enough that we’re seeing iOS 8 jailbreaks so soon in the iOS 8 lifecycle, considering that iOS 7 didn’t have a jailbreak until late into December. However, the original iOS 8 jailbreak comes from the same team that brought us the amazing iOS 7.1 jailbreak earlier this year.