In March this year a lot of people with Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone 4s, the iPad Air and the iPod Touch, updated to iOS 7.1 to take advantage of the many tweaks and bug fixes in the latest version of Apple’s iOS. Others preferred to stay with iOS 7.0.6 and lower versions so they could retain the jailbroken condition of their iOS device. Since that time, jailbreak developers, such as the Evad3rs team, have advised that they intend to focus mainly on a jailbreak for iOS 8 rather than trying to find further exploits to jailbreak iOS 7.1.
There hasn’t been much in the way of active group research, however individual developers have worked hard to discover security holes and new exploits in Apple iOS 7.1 which might be used for a potential jailbreak.
@NGeary14 well my 4S is jailbroken on 7.1 atm.
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) March 26, 2014
And while iOS 7.1 has become available for the older iPhone 4, jailbreaking iOS 7.1 on more recent iOS devices is considerably harder because of the lack of hardware exploits at the bootrom level; existing only on the iPhone 4’s A4 system on a chip processor.
De Franco has no intention of developing or releasing a publicly available iOS 7.1 jailbreak, however it’s definitely possible that an independent developer could discover a method of jailbreaking the new iOS devices running iOS 7.1. As Apple finds and patches the flaws in its iOS 7.1 software, the difficulty of finding such software flaws to exploit will continue. So, in the meantime, to retain their jailbreak iOS jailbreak users will have to stay on iOS 7.0.6.
@NGeary14 I don’t have any intentions of working on a 7.1/8 jb atm.
â€” iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) March 27, 2014
So for now it would appear that although jailbreaking iOS 7.1 is possible, there are no current plans to release a free version. Usually jailbreak developers like to hold onto their exploits for use in major releases – such as the upcoming iOS 8.