iOS 14 has been out for a few months now and while a jailbreak tool is available for the OS, there’s a lot that you need to know. Technically, it is possible to jailbreak iOS 14 – iOS 14.3 on iPhone and iPad but there are a number of limitations.
iOS 14 is a major update that brings a lot of new features including home screen widget support which might lead to a number of people to reconsider jailbreaking their device. However, if you still prefer using a jailbroken iPhone, you might want to stick with your current setup despite an iOS 14 – iOS 14.3 jailbreak already being available.
iOS 14 Jailbreak Status
Checkra1n, which is based on the checkm8 bootrom exploit, already supports jailbreaking iOS 14 – iOS 14.3. However, the problem is that the tool only works on older iPhones and iPads that are using the A10/A10X, A9, and older chips. This means it is currently only possible to jailbreak a handful of iPhones and iPads using checkra1n running iOS 14 – iOS 14.3:
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air 2
- iPad 5
- iPad Pro 1st gen
Checkra1n also supports jailbreaking iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus but the problem is that it requires one to turn off passcode, Face ID, and/or Touch ID. With Face ID/passcode set, jailbreaking an iPhone X/iPhone 8 will lead to stability issues.
Checkra1n has so far received multiple updates to improve its iOS 14 – iOS 14.3 jailbreak support but it is unlikely that the team will be able to resolve the issues with iPhone X and iPhone 8 series.
Apart from Checkra1n, the Pangu team had showcased a working iOS 14 jailbreak on an iPhone 11 Pro at MOSEC 2020 in June 2020. It is quite common for security researchers and major developer teams to showcase jailbreaks of the latest iOS builds at security conferences for demo and research purposes. However, the Pangu team has not released releasing a new jailbreak tool since the release of iOS 9 in 2015, so it is unlikely that we will see them have a change of heart and release an iOS 14 jailbreak tool for the public.