Anyone who knows anything at all about jailbreaking will remember that iOS 8.1 hinted at the possible release of a jailbreak for Apple’s iPhone’s and new mobile operating system. In the past we have provided detailed instructions on how to successfully jailbreak previous iPad’s and iPhone on iOS 7.1.1, and no-one really had any idea at all how long the jailbreaking community would take to release another.
Most people thought it would take months, but it’s actually only been a few weeks since the launch of iPhone 6, and PanGu (the Chinese team of jailbreakers who developed the previous jailbreak) has done it again.
As per usual, this new jailbreak allows you to install Cydia on your device, providing easy access to many programs and tweaks for use in modifying what is otherwise a very restricted iOS experience. Just a reminder that jailbreaking is in fact legal, it won’t void your warranty, and it won’t break your device: in actually offers similar levels of customization that Android users enjoy.
The great thing about this new jailbreak is that, not only does it work on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s untethered: that means you’re not required to jailbreak your device each and every time you reboot it.
There are a couple of things to be wary of. When the jailbreak was first released it resulted in the loss of photos on some devices. This problem seems to have been repaired in a subsequent update, however at the moment the jailbreak is only available with Chinese instructions and it’s designed mainly for jailbreak app creators to get moving.
It’s also been a bit of a surprise for the staff behind Cydia. Because of this, at the moment Cydia is not supported by iOS 8.1 when it’s been jailbroken. But it’s anticipated that the PanGu developers will release an updated version of the jailbreak and this will include a working and up-to-date Cydia store.
So, just for the time being, it would be a rather lengthy and complex business trying to get the jailbreak working with Cydia, and definitely not suited to the jailbreaking beginner. Because of this we won’t provide a guide for this one as we did with previous versions and will await the release of the new version; this should be in just a few days. By then it will be a much easier process and the jailbreak itself will include access to Cydia. It will also have been thoroughly tested by then just to ensure everything is working well. So, just for the time being, hold off on jailbreaking.