Apple Releases 8.1.2, Is it Possible to Jailbreak 8.1.2 and Should I Update? – Today, in a surprise release, without having first entered iOS developer beta form, Apple issued iOS 8.1.2 (the second incremental 8.1.x update, of course succeeding 8.1.1) to the general public. As of now, unlike its predecessor, 8.1.2 cannot be jailbroken by way of either TaiG, being the latest 8.1.1 Untethered jailbreak or the older Pangu for iOS 8 through 8.1 utility, which was patched when Apple released 8.1.1. However, in light of the fact that it’s not currently possible to jailbreak 8.1.2, today’s news isn’t all bad for jailbreakers – we’ll elaborate on that shortly. As with past iOS 8 updates, in addition to being available via Apple’s iOS over-the-air (more commonly referred to as OTA for short) update ability, 8.1.2 can be downloaded, and fully installed, directly through iTunes. However, its absolutely critical that current iOS 8 through 8.1.1 jailbreak users avoid the latest firmware at all costs! Again, as alluded to above, being the second minor release since the company issued 8.1, the latest 8.1.2 update is just that, a minor release. In light of that fact, although it’s too early to state for certain, a number of vulnerabilities exploited in the TaiG jailbreak for 8.1.1 appear to remain unpatched in iOS 8.1.2. However, without an update to the utility, and more extensive testing to know for certain which of said vulnerabilities were addressed in 8.1.2, or more likely not addressed, it’s not possible for any device to jailbreak 8.1.2 when utilizing the latest TaiG jailbreak utility. Continue reading past the break for additional information concerning TaiG and how 8.1.2 plays into the latest jailbreak!
iOS 8.1.2 Released – Is It Possible To Jailbreak 8.1.2 Untethered With TaiG?
As suggested by iOS 8.1.2’s own release notes, the firmware simply addresses a minor bug that was reportedly causing complications with ringtones purchased on a device through the iTunes Store. Seriously, that’s it, performance updates, other improvements and additional features are out of the question.
For that reason, iOS 8.1.2 is no more stable than 8.1.1, the negligible bug that prompted iOS 8.1.2’s release doesn’t justify the loss of one’s jailbreak – at least not right now.
iOS 8 Jailbreakers Should Avoid 8.1.2, As A TaiG Jailbreak Isn’t Available!
While iOS 8.1 added a number of welcomed improvements, including Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, SMS forwarding that enabled Macs running OS X Yosemite and iPads to send and receive SMS and MMS messages remotely from an iPhone, Instant Hotspot tethering and iCloud Photo Library beta, and iOS 8.1.1 improved the performance of the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2, the same cannot be said for 8.1.2.
Hypothetically speaking, if one were to update their jailbroken device via iTunes, as of writing this article, it would result in the instant loss of said device’s jailbreak, making it virtually impossible to jailbreak past 8.1.1 until a new utility is issued. And, speaking of a new utility, seeing as it’s been confirmed that, at the very least, the main kernel exploit utilized by TaiG to jailbreak 8.1.1 remains unpatched in 8.1.2, it’s very likely that the team will update their utility for support with today’s iOS 8.1.2 firmware.
Having said that, as stated above, if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is currently jailbroken on 8.0.x or 8.1.x, avoid updating to 8.1.2 like the plague until such a time that the update has been successfully jailbroken.
What’s Next For Jailbreaking Now That 8.1.2 Is Available?
Let’s briefly discuss what’s next for jailbreaking now that the new 8.1.2 has been issued and whether TaiG will update their utility to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2. There’s no denying that this has been an exceptional time for jailbreakers, with iOS 8 through 8.1 first having been jailbroken by Pangu, followed by the all-new TaiG team’s 8.1.1 jailbreak utility, but are there plans to update either of such tools to jailbreak 8.1.2 and beyond?
Thankfully, the answer is an incredible “yes”! As loosely translated from a statement recently made by the TaiG team themselves: “we will try to give you surprises in every subsequent iOS public release”. That statement, in conjunction with the fact that, at the bare minimum, the main kernel exploit has been preserved in 8.1.2, bodes extremely well for the possibility of a TaiG jailbreak 8.1.2 update.
iOS 8.1.1 And Jailbreak Update Summary
To summarize, iOS 8.1.2 isn’t as big of a deal as its predecessor was – at the time it patched the only Untethered jailbreak. However, having said that, it’s recommended that any individual interested in both jailbreaking and updating avoid today’s release until it’s possible to once again jailbreak the latest public firmware, otherwise individuals who update will be locked out of jailbreaking for the time being.
Of course, as always, we’ll have complete details and updates pertaining to how the new minor 8.1.2 release, as well as future updates, will play into jailbreaking in the days, weeks and months to come – stay tuned and keep your browsers locked to Evasi0n Jailbreak.
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