While many iPhone and iPad users are looking forward to an iOS 8.3 jailbreak, an iOS 8.4 jailbreak has already been achieved and teased on video.
Well-known jailbreak developer Stefan Esser (also known as i0n1c) has uploaded a video to YouTube that shows off a working jailbreak that appears to be running on iOS 8.4 beta 1. Esser says that this is merely just a “proof of concept” and like his past jailbreak teases, he most likely won’t release it anytime soon.
In the video, which is embedded below, Esser shows off his iOS 8.4 jailbreak and plays around with the Apple Watch app and then new Music app that will be included with the upcoming update. He clearly shows that Cydia is running on iOS 8.4, which is a clear sign that this is pretty legit.
While this is only a tease of sorts, it does prove that iOS 8.4 is jailbreakable, and as an extension, iOS 8.3 should be jailbreakable as well. The only question is whether or not a jailbreak will release for iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4.
It’s nothing new when a jailbreak developer posts photos or videos of a successful jailbreak attempt without releasing the exploit to the public, but it seems i0n1c (who also teased a successful iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak) isn’t very liked amongst the jailbreak community, especially on Reddit, where his constant teasing has made many upset, calling him a “troll” and claiming that he’s simply “attention seeking.” It’s gone as far as /r/jailbreak removing any posts that mention i0n1c’s work.
However, i0n1c’s constant teasing of successful jailbreak attempts at least shows the world that a jailbreak is possible for a new version of iOS this early in its life, and confirms that no matter how often Apple locks up its software to prevent this sort of thing, there’s always a way around it somehow.
Apple released iOS 8.3 earlier this month, which comes packing with a handful of bug fixes, as well as new emoji, wireless CarPlay support, and iCloud Photo Library officially out of beta. Many hope that an iOS 8.3 releases, but developers may be waiting until iOS 8.4.
iOS 8.1.3, which was released earlier this year, officially patched up the TaiG iOS 8 jailbreak and those patches carry over to iOS 8.3. A support page on Apple’s website lists the TaiG Jailbreak Team as the source for a security vulnerability that Apple patched up in iOS 8.1.3, which means that iOS 8.1.3 is unjailbreakable, and as an extension, iOS 8.3 is unjailbreakable as well.
Jailbreak developer MuscleNerd has been warning all jailbreakers to stay away from the iOS 8.3 update, since it’s not jailbreakable just yet, so if you’re on iOS 8.1.2 and are jailbroken, stay away from any newer updates.
There’s no official word on when an iOS 8.3 jailbreak will release, but it may not be any time soon, as Apple has apparently patched up even more security exploits in iOS 8.3.
Jailbreak developer MuscleNerd tweeted that Apple’s 39 security bugs that were fixed in iOS 8.3 rivals the update from iOS 7.x to iOS 8 last year, making it one of the biggest updates as far as security fixes are concerned. Some of those fixes were exploits that were used by the TaiG jailbreak team, so this is certainly a big blow for the jailbreaking community.
Of course, iOS 8 was jailbroken fairly quickly, but that’s mostly because there was a jailbreak already available for iOS 8 before it was even released. iOS 8.3 is a much different story, as there’s currently no jailbreak in sight.
Whereas an iOS 8.2 jailbreak was right around the corner, an iOS 8.3 jailbreak may take a lot longer to hit the airwaves because of the new security fixes.