The iOS 8 jailbreak is officially out and available for all iPhones and iPads that are capable of running iOS 8. The tool itself only worked on Windows machines, but now it works on Mac computers as well.
The Pangu dev team is responsible for this latest jailbreak and they’re a recent addition to the jailbreak community, first breaking into the scene with their iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak back in June shortly after the update released from Apple.
The iOS 8 jailbreak technically released earlier last month, but since it was a very early release and it didn’t even include Cydia, it was deemed merely a developer release so that tweak devs could get their apps and tweaks working for iOS 8. It actually wasn’t until just recently when the iOS 8 jailbreak became stable enough for public consumption.
However, the iOS 8 jailbreak is now stable enough for regular users to install, and the jailbreak tool works with Macs now, so those who were unable to jailbreak due to not having a Windows computer, can now jailbreak on Mac.
Much to everyone’s surprise in the jailbreak community, an iOS 8 jailbreak was released way earlier than expected, coming only after a month since iOS 8’s initial release by Apple. Plus, it also works with the latest iOS 8.1 update. However, the initial release was rather bumpy and came with all sorts of bugs that deemed it undownloadable for many users.
However, after a few weeks, the iOS 8 jailbreak from Pangu is finally as stable as it could be, allowing for regular users to install the jailbreak on their own iOS 8 devices.
The Pangu dev team is a recent addition to the jailbreak community, first breaking into the scene with their iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak back in June shortly after the update released from Apple, and their iOS 8 jailbreak proves that they’re serious about sticking around and providing users with jailbreaks in the foreseeable future.
However, the Pangu team has already hit a road block with Apple, as the iOS 8.1.1 update (which is expected to release in the next week or two) has patched up the exploits used for the iOS 8 jailbreak, meaning that if you haven’t updated to iOS 8.1 yet, it’s best to do that now so that you’re locked in for a guaranteed jailbreak.
Why do this? Because once Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to the public, they’ll stop signing iOS 8.1, which means you won’t be able to update to iOS 8.1 and will be forced to update to iOS 8.1.1, making your iPhone or iPad unjailbreakable.
However, the good news is that this iOS 8 jailbreak will work 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.
While many of the popular tweaks work with iOS 8 now, there are still many tweaks that need updated for iOS 8, including Springtomize, but jailbreak developers are usually good at keeping up with this and usually update their tweaks quickly in order for them to work with the latest iOS version.
In any case, it’s odd enough that we’re seeing an iOS 8 jailbreak so soon in the iOS 8 lifecycle, considering that iOS 7 didn’t have a jailbreak until December. However, this jailbreak comes from the same team that brought us the amazing iOS 7.1 jailbreak earlier this year that also came just weeks after the update initially released to the public.