Much to everyone’s surprise in the jailbreak community, an iOS 8 jailbreak was released a few weeks ago, 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, before you jailbreak your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus (or even your new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3), it’s important to note how it will affect Apple Pay.
When you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad using the Pangu tool, you’re required to disable the passcode so that the tool can access the phone after it restarts, or else it will terminate the jailbreak install process because it can’t get into your phone since there’s a passcode on it.
This usually isn’t a problem at all, since all you have to do is go into the settings and disable the passcode, but what Apple doesn’t tell you about doing this, is that it will essentially reset Apple Pay and will delete all of your stored credit or debit cards.
Some users may learn this the hard way when they open up Passbook and see that all of their credit and debit cards in Apple Pay are no longer there, right as they’re walking on up to the cash register to check out.
This isn’t too surprising, considering that it’s most likely a security feature that Apple added to iOS 8 to keep possible thieves from accessing your credit card information in Apple Pay if they figured out how to disable your passcode. Plus, since Apple Pay requires the use of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, it makes sense that if you disable the passcode (and thus, Touch ID), then that means Apple Pay cannot be used.
Still, jailbreaking iOS 8 is worth it if you eventually have to re-enter in your credit cards into Apple Pay. The Pangu dev team is a rather recent addition to the jailbreak community, first breaking into the scene with their fantastic 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 skip iOS 8.1 and update to iOS 8.1.1 instead, making your iPhone or iPad unjailbreakable.
However, the good news is that this iOS 8 jailbreak works 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 fairly good at updating their tweaks to work with the latest version of iOS.