With the latest iOS 7.1 you may have a bit of a problem if you love having access to third-party apps, modifications and tweaks on your iPhone, but at the same time enjoy owning the latest version of iOS. If you make the decision to jailbreak your iPhone you’re probably going to have to keep your Apple device on an earlier version of iOS for much longer than you would have hoped. The updating of iOS will often cancel the jailbreak and, even worse, it will fix the exploits which made the jailbreaks possible.
This game between Apple-mad hackers and Apple itself is not really news; what is news though is that a new jailbreak is available for iOS 7.1, an update that destroyed hackers previous, evasiOn7 free jailbreak tool.
This news was shared by the hacker @winocm in a recent update on Twitter, where he simply stated: “iOS 7.1 untethered boot”. Also included was a video on YouTube showing how the jailbreak works:
This is great news for those jailbreakers currently avoiding iOS 7.1; however this doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a jailbreak solution any time soon for Apple’s updated mobile OS.
An iPhone 4 was the target in the video that apparently shows off the jailbreak for iOS 7.1. It probably sounds strange to think that the testing of a brand new jailbreak was conducted on an older device. According to ‘All things jailbreak’, a YouTube viewer commented on the video, this method currently only works on devices running the Apple’s A4 chips.
On the positive side, for those people anxiously waiting for a solution to unlocking their iOS 7.1-based iPhone’s, it appears that a jailbreak is being planned for other chips. The current jailbreak doesn’t seem to have been released anywhere at the time of writing this article, so probably it’s restricted to just the iPod touch (fourth generation), iPhone 4, and the first-generation iPad.
As in the past, once you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, do not rush to install the latest iOS.
At this point there’s no way of knowing how long it will be before a free iOS 7.1 jailbreak will be developed. It’s very likely that the search and development process could take a few months, because finding exploits does take time. So, my word of advice for those thinking about moving forward with the update – if you want to retain the jailbreak, don’t do it. There’s no way back!