Apple released iOS 8.2 yesterday, which comes packing with a handful of bug fixes, as well as support for the Apple Watch. However, if you’re wanting to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, here’s what you need to know.
iOS 8.1.3, which was released a few weeks ago, officially patched up the TaiG iOS 8 jailbreak and those patches carry over to iOS 8.2. 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 8.2 is unjailbreakable as well.
Jailbreak developer MuscleNerd has warned all jailbreakers to stay away from the iOS 8.2 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.
This is obvious, of course, but here’s what you need to know about the iOS 8.2 jailbreak, which will hopefully answer most of your questions.
When Will an iOS 8.2 Jailbreak Release?
There’s no official word on when an iOS 8.2 jailbreak will release, but it could be quite soon, as the progress on an iOS 8.2 jailbreak is looking optimistic.
The TaiG jailbreak team, which was responsible for the iOS 8.1 jailbreak, already has a jailbreak available for iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. However, there have been newer betas since then and Apple has closed access to the first and second betas for iOS 8.2, but the company hasn’t patched up those exploits, meaning that iOS 8.2 is still jailbreakable.
On the TaiG website, they have stated they’ve “already completed the untethered jailbreak support for iOS 8.2,” which could mean that the TaiG team already have newer exploits needed to crack iOS 8.2 if Apple patches up the current exploits that are being used. Of course, TaiG won’t disclose these exploits until iOS 8.2 officially releases and a jailbreak is complete.
When an iOS 8.2 Jailbreak Releases, Should I Upgrade?
Once an official iOS 8.2 jailbreak releases, you’ll be free to upgrade to iOS 8.2 whenever you want and jailbreak your device, but it’s really up to you if you choose to do so, as it depends on your preference.
Obviously, it’s usually a good idea to update to the latest version of iOS whenever you can, as the new changes bring security fixes and bug fixes. However, when a new jailbreak releases, not all of your jailbreak tweaks will work properly right off the bat, so it can be a idea to wait a bit in order for these tweaks to get updated to support iOS 8.2.
It can also be a good idea to wait and see if early adopters are coming across any major bugs with a new jailbreak, that way you’re not stuck with them.
Furthermore, updating a jailbroken iOS device requires that you factory wipe your iPhone or iPad, update to iOS 8.2, and then re-jailbreak your device. This can be time-consuming and you’ll want to make sure you back up your device first, so be sure to set aside a couple of hours to update your jailbroken device.
Will My Jailbreak Tweaks Be Compatible with iOS 8.2?
It all depends on the developer who made the tweak. Some developers are good at updating their tweaks quickly to support the latest iOS version, while others take longer to get around to it.
However, many jailbreak tweaks are immune to iOS software updates, meaning that if it works on iOS 8.1.1, it will work on iOS 8.1.2. Considering that iOS 8.2 is a big jump in version numbers, it’s hard to say how many tweaks will be compatible right off the bat, but it’s safe to say that there will be plenty that will work without needing an update from the developer.
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