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.
Just like with Pangu, TaiG is a Chinese-based jailbreak, so the website and the installation instructions are mostly in Chinese, but we’ll have a how-to guide up later today 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 as well.
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.
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, and luckily the update is still in beta and hasn’t been released to the public yet.
Pangu released the 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. Now they’re 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 is only compatible on Windows, 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 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.
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.
Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8 back in June, the jailbreak community was rather curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could’ve relied on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky, and anything is possible from the developer community.