iOS 8.1.1 release imminent, you should restore to iOS 8.1 now if you want to jailbreak your device in the future [Updated]

Jailbreak iOS 8.1

As reported earlier, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 beta, which kills Pangu 8.1-8.x.x jailbreak. saurik has also confirmed that Apple has fixed at least one of the exploits used by the Pangu jailbreak.

This means that when Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to the public, you won’t be able to jailbreak your device on iOS 8.1.1 with the Pangu jailbreak. So if you have been on the fence about jailbreaking because Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8-iOS 8.1 hasn’t been stable, then you should at least update/restore to iOS 8.1 right now. Here’s what you should do based on which iOS version you’re on currently.

iOS 7.x.x:

I know a number of people are still on iOS 7.0.x because they don’t want to lose their jailbreak. If you’re currently on iOS 7.0.x, and did not upgrade to iOS 8 because you were waiting for the jailbreak, and now waiting for your favorite tweaks to be updated to support iOS 8-iOS 8.1, then it is important to note that most of the initial issues have now been fixed and a number of jailbreak tweaks are now compatible with iOS 8-iOS 8.1.

➤ iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 Compatible Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks

If your favorite tweaks haven’t been updated yet then it should be updated to add support for iOS 8-iOS 8.1 very soon. So you should strongly consider upgrading/restoring to iOS 8.1. The added benefit is that you will not be able to use the new features and improvements in iOS 8 – iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1 via OTA update

If you had updated to iOS 8.1 via OTA then it is recommended to restore it again with iTunes before jailbreaking, as you could run into issues during the jailbreaking process if you had updated your device using OTA update.

iOS 8.0.x

If you’ve jailbroken your device on iOS 8.0.x, it may still be a good idea to upgrade to iOS 8.1 and re-jailbreak your device, so you can

So you should consider restoring to iOS 8.1 now, as you won’t have an option if Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 if you wait for that to happen. It is also important to note that Cydia developers at some point may start releasing tweaks only for iOS 8.

Mac users

Pangu Team has said that they’re focusing on the Mac version of the Pangu jailbreak. However, there is a high chance that Apple will release iOS 8.1.1 before Pangu jailbreak for Mac is released. If you’re waiting for the Mac version of the Pangu jailbreak, then you should try to install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. You can check out our guide if you need any help:

How to jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 on a Mac using Pangu Jailbreak

How to install iOS 8.1

You should update to iOS 8.1 by using the restore option in iTunes. You should not update using OTA update. If you need help, check out our guide for the step-by-step instructions.

➤ How to Install iOS 8.1 Update on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1

With the release of Pangu 1.1.0 jailbreak, it is a lot easier to jailbreak your device, as you don’t need to install Cydia separately as Pangu 1.1.0 or later installs it during the jailbreaking process. If you need any help then check out our guide for the step-by-step instructions.


Apple has just released iOS 8.1.1. However, it is still signing iOS 8.1, so if you haven’t upgraded yet, then this could be your last chance to update to iOS 8.1 and jailbreak with Pangu.

What do you plan to do? Let us know in the comments below. Please feel free to drop us a line if you’ve any questions.