Jailbreaking has been at a standstill lately when Apple first patched up the iOS 8 jailbreak with its iOS 8.4.1 update, but it seems like progress is being made to crack the latest iOS 8 version.
Earlier this summer was a big time for the jailbreaking community, as an iOS 8.3 jailbreak was released in early June and just a couple weeks later, an iOS 8.4 jailbreak was released just a hours after the update itself was released.
However, Apple eventually released iOS 8.4.1, which was a rather minor update, but included patches that patched up the exploits used for the jailbreak, rendering the iOS 8.4 jailbreak useless.
Since then, a new jailbreak hasn’t been released, but there has been plenty of talk about when an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak would release, as well as discussions of when we might see an iOS 9 jailbreak, and according to a tweet from a developer, it’s possible that an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak could release soon.
Italian exploit developer Luca Todesco tweeted that if everything goes smoothly, he’ll release an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak “soon-ish.”
Todesco looks to be a rather new addition to the jailbreaking scene, at least when it comes to popularity. TaiG and Pangu have been the two biggest names recently, thanks to their work with the iOS 8 jailbreaks. Usually when an unfamiliar name joins the jailbreaking shuffle, it’s taken with some caution, but hopefully Todesco’s words are genuine and we’ll indeed see an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak soon.
However, he better release the jailbreak sooner rather than later, as Apple could close up the iOS 8.4.1 signing period anytime now. Usually after a new update or version of iOS releases, Apple still signs the older version for the next couple of weeks, which allows users to unofficially downgrade their iPhones or iPads if they want.
This means that if you updated to iOS 9, but want to downgrade back to iOS 8.4.1, you still can, and we have a great guide that takes you through that process, but Apple will eventually close off the iOS 8.4.1 update at some point in the near future.
Granted, you could update to iOS 8.4.1 right now (which will delete your jailbreak) and hope that an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak eventually releases, but there’s not a whole lot of new features in iOS 8.4.1 compared to iOS 8.4.0 other than some improvements to Apple Music, and some users might have better battery life with the newer update, but that’s questionable.
In any case, most iPhone and iPad users are waiting for an iOS 9 jailbreak, which is most likely in the works right now.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of news or discussion about an iOS 9 jailbreak, which is a bit concerning, but it’s possible that the jailbreak developers are keeping it under wraps until they decide to finally release it. However, one well-known jailbreak developer recently teased an iOS 9 jailbreak on YouTube.
It’s unlikely he’ll release the jailbreak or even disclose the exploits that he used, so we’re still back at square one, but it at least gives users hope that an iOS 9 jailbreak is at least possible.
It’s also possible that an iOS 9 jailbreak release may not arrive until after iOS 9.1 is released, which could be around November, as it’s rumored that the iPad Pro will launch with iOS 9.1 out of the box, and the new tablet will be releasing in November.
This was similar to the iOS 8 jailbreak, which released after iOS 8.1 and then again after iOS 8.3 was released in an effort to keep Apple from quickly patching up the jailbreak. That same strategy will most likely carry into iOS 9 as well.
Those still on iOS 8.4.0 can jailbreak their devices using TaiG’s jailbreak tool, but if you updated to iOS 8.4.1 or iOS 9, you unfortunately won’t be able to jailbreak until a jailbreak is released for iOS 8.4.1 or iOS 9.