Before I started running the iOS 8 beta after WWDC, I was running iOS 7.0.1 on my iPhone 5S and was jailbroken, but I couldn’t upgrade to iOS 7.1.1 due to the lack of a jailbreak being available. We haven’t really covered much in the jailbreak realm yet, but after the newly released Pangu jailbreak, I have downgraded to iOS 7.1.1 and jailbroken via Pangu. You can bet your bottom dollar that you will be seeing more jailbreak coverage in the coming days and weeks. I follow many people in the jailbreak world, such as iH8sn0w, comex, and MuscleNerd, but having never heard of this Pangu team, I was a bit nervous, to say the least. After seeing those in my “Jailbreak” list on Twitter test out the latest offering, I decided it was time to bite the bullet.
I’ll cover a quick couple of basics here about jailbreaking, and will have more in depth analysis later this week. Many Android users may have heard of a jailbreak, but don’t really know what it is, or know what the benefits are. Most people equate the jailbreaking of an iOS device to rooting of an Android device. I have rooted many devices in my Android life, but I’ve jailbroken even more iOS devices, all the way back to the original iPod Touch. While jailbreaking and rooting are similar, they are, at the same time, extremely different. While Android is open-source, and allows developers to create completely different software packages, iOS is of course in a walled garden, and the jailbreak is designed to expand upon the walls a bit, and allow for more customization.
When you hear someone talk about a jailbreak, the first place they will probably mention, after pointing you in the direction of where to get the software from, is Cydia. Cydia is the alternative App Store, developed by Jay Freeman, also known as Saurik online. This is where the various tweaks, applications, icons, and other products reside, similar to the App Store that all iPhones have today. The difference is that if Apple rejects a specific application, the developer could alternatively make that same application available for those users who are jailbroken. There’s even a payment system that can be used through Amazon or PayPal, so that you can pay the developers for any tweaks that have a cost attached to them. Trust me, there are more than enough tweaks and such available on Cydia that do not require any type of donation, and you will still be perfectly fine.
In order for an iOS version to be jailbroken, the developers have to find a “hole” in the code, and exploit that hole, allowing for the code to be modified to run Cydia, and allow the installation of applications outside of the App Store. This has led to a bit of controversy, which caused a lot of confusion, and hesitation on the part of those who do jailbreak, and have been (im)patiently waiting for the latest iOS version to be jailbroken. The controversy arose after Stefan Esser, (i0n1c) taught a class about taking advantage of vulnerabilities, and a few of those who attended, ended up releasing Pangu for iOS 7.1.1. There was a bit of concern about whether the developers behind Pangu took information from the class, and used it without considering the fact that vulnerabilities in iOS are extremely difficult to find and pinpoint.
Use Pangu To Jailbreak Your Device
Back to the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak that was released today. In order to use Pangu so that you can jailbreak your iOS device running iOS 7.1.1, you must do the following:
This is an extremely simple jailbreak, and while it’s not a “one-click” jailbreak, it’s definitely easy for anyone to do. If you install Pangu, and you start getting worried because you see a bunch of question marks on the screen, don’t be concerned, it’s just because your version of Windows doesn’t recognize all of the various Chinese symbols.
A Mac version is in the works, and when it’s released, TechDissected will bring you the how-to on what you need to do to jailbreak your iOS device with your OS X computers. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on more Jailbreak coverage in the coming days and weeks, now that iOS 7.1.1 has been jailbroken. Will you be updating your iOS device to iOS 7.1.1, and jailbreaking? Or will you keep your jailbreak at the version that you are on now? Leave a comment below with what you will be doing, and what your favorite jailbreak tweaks are.