The folks at TaiG surprised us when they released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.2 beta a few days back. A lot of questions emerged when the jailbreak came out, and while some of them have been answered, the TaiG team took to social networks to answer commonly asked questions.
The team calls it TaiGJBreak, and says that it has become popular amongst the jailbreak community and security researchers for its “simplicity, security, and transparency.”
iOS 8.2 Beta
While the TaiG website noted that the jailbreak was compatible with iOS 8.2 beta, upon downloading the tool, users saw that the tool couldn’t jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta. The team says that iOS 8.2 beta support has been intentionally disabled in the public release. They suggest that the jailbreak will be updated with iOS 8.2 support once Apple releases iOS 8.2 publicly.
Why release now, rather than later
One question that many, including us, had was that why didn’t the team preserve the exploits they had for a significant release like iOS 8.2, instead of burning them for a minor iOS 8.1.1 release. (Apple fixed exploits used in the Pangu jailbreak in iOS 8.1.1.) Here’s what TaiG says:
Releasing a stable iOS version around Thanksgiving, and maintain it until the first quarter of next year, has been usual practice of Apple, which means 8.1.1 will be around for quite some time, and it is a relatively stable firmware. These are the main reasons that TaiG chose to release JB for 8.1.1. In addition, signing of 8.1 is closed earlier today, thus it could be a good time to update to 8.1.1 and jailbreak.
The team adds that postponing the release, and saving the exploit won’t be beneficial to jailbreakers.
Cooperation with Pangu team
The next thing TaiG writes is that this was one of the few jailbreaks that was developed by a single person, who goes by Xiao Nan. To continue working on future jailbreaks, TaiG proposes a way to work with the Pangu team, as cooperation will only benefit the community.
TaiG jailbreak is Windows only for now, but in a separate online interview, the team says a Mac version is in the works but “it’s not decided if it will be released or when.”
As you’d expect there’s an update to TaiG coming with the bugs many people have been reporting.
Here’s the entire FAQ:
So far, TaiGJBreak (supporting iOS8.0-8.1.1) has gained popularity and consent among worldwide jailbreakers for its simplicity, security and transparency. A lot of media, senior JB developers and fellow developers have expressed their congratulations, TaiG hereby thank all of them.
Due to complexity of JB, we notice there are some doubts in media reports, e.g. does TaiG support iOS 8.2 beta? what’s TaiG’s consideration to release it for 8.1.1? We would like to make some clarificaitons for these questions:
- In fact, support of iOS 8.2 has been completed by TaiG, as 8.2 is still at beta stage, we have disabled support for 8.2 in current public release.
- Releasing a stable iOS version around Thanksgiving, and maintain it until the first quarter of next year, has been usual practice of Apple, which means 8.1.1 will be around for quite some time, and it is a relatively stable firmware. These are the main reasons that TaiG chose to release JB for 8.1.1. In addition, signing of 8.1 is closed earlier today, thus it could be a good time to update to 8.1.1 and jailbreak.
- 2 above is also in responding to the concern that TaiG may expose exploits too early. Postponing release will not bring more benifits for users, that will just increase infulence on attention from the hunger desire of users.
- In our team we have the 3rd (probably the 1st) developer in the world who has accomplished JB individually. We will try to give you surprises in every subsequent iOS public release, and we are very confident about that.
- Of course jailbreaking is a hard and complex work, relaying on 1 person or a single team will not make it last long. Luckily we have some fellows domestically, if we can cooperate, it will bring more benifits for all users. Thus we sincerely invite PanGu Team for a face-to-face communication, to find a way of cooperation for providing faster and better jailbreak sevice together.
- Thanks again for everyone’s attention on TaiG. Thanks to thousands of enthuiast users for providing bug feedback and suggestions, we will be fixing these in our next release soon.
TaiG Jailbreak Team
Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014