Apple surprised everyone by releasing iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers late last evening. According to the release notes, it includes performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.
However, one of the worries was that Apple may have patched the vulnerabilities in iOS 8.1.1 that were used in the latest Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1.
Unfortunately, it does look like that is the case as an alleged member of the Pangu team has confirmed that iOS 8.1.1 patches the exploits used in the Pangu jailbreak. reddit user illusionmist has translated a message posted by Weibo user Daniel_K4:
Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. After our tests, it has patched the jailbreak exploit. Anyone who wish to jailbreak, please seize the chance to upgrade to iOS 8.1 and do so before Apple officially releases iOS 8.1.1.
It means that devices running on iOS 8.1.1 cannot be jailbroken using the Pangu jailbreak. Pangu team is yet to announce this on their Weibo or Twitter page, so we’ll wait for an official confirmation, but we won’t be surprised if Apple has patched the vulnerability to kill Pangu jailbreak.
It remains to be seen if Pangu team has any other trick (exploit) up their sleeves to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 to stay ahead of the cat and mouse game with Apple.
If you haven’t jailbroken your iOS 8 – iOS 8 device yet, then you may want to do so as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the opportunity of jailbreaking your device. If you’re waiting for the Mac version, then you may want to jailbreak your device by running Windows in a virtual machine.
If you need help then check out our step-by-step guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using Pangu.