The moment many iOS users have been waiting for is here (more or less). On Wednesday (22nd October) the Pangu team released a jailbreak for iOS 8.0 – 8.1. For those that might not know who/what is Pangu, Pangu is the tool that is used to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x devices (and now iOS 8.x), and its the team that supposedly came out of nowhere last year and gave us the iOS 7.1 jailbreak, they are now back again with the release of an iOS 8 jailbreak. This is not what some may call a ‘complete’ jailbreak just yet, more info after the jump.
As of right now the Pangu jailbreak tool is only available for Windows and in the Chinese language. While iOS 8 is jailbroken, users cannot install Cydia just yet, it only gives basic access via SSH, so at the moment this is more of a tool for developers rather than regular jailbreak users.
So if you’re currently jailbroken on iOS 7.1.2 or below there’s no reason for you to update your devices just yet, when you actually do, just remember not to do an Over The Air (OTA) update, as they’re known to cause issues. It is said to be compatible with the following iDevices:
Saurik has already chimed in on this and said on the Reddit announcement post that he is going to look in to why Cydia doesn’t work yet with Pangu8 and/or iOS 8. This jailbreak has caught him a little off guard so there’s no ETA at the moment, but rest assured he will be working on it.
We won’t be posting a ‘Guide to Jailbreak iOS 8’ just yet, but once Saurik is ready with an update to Cydia and Cydia Substrate, we’ll update this post and direct you to an iOSDaily guide to jailbreaking iOS 8.
Many users have gone ahead and jailbroken on iOS 8.0, 8.1 with Pangu, and have reported a lot of problems, such as:
– Safari unable to load pages
– Rebooting iDevice with a passcode will not boot up properly & get stuck at Apple boot logo (requires restore)
– Messages and Photos app bugs
– Manually havng to respring (via SSH) each time you reboot to load Cydia Substrate extensions
– Many tweaks not working on iOS 8 (not yet updated)
So as you can see it’s not worth updating and jailbreaking iOS 8 just yet, there are so much bugs that need to be fixed and a lot of tweaks aren’t yet updated for iOS 8. We’d recommend waiting for a stable release.
Saurik has been working with the Pangu team and has now managed to fix the passcode problem (above) and substrate. Link to Saurik’s comment over on Reddit’s /r/jailbreak here.
There are still some bugs to sort out and the fact that not all tweaks/apps work on iOS 8. I’m personally going to wait a few weeks, mainly because the fact it’s a long process of putting all my data back on my iDevices (from a fresh restore), and I don’t have much time for it. I’m perfectly fine on iOS 7.1.1/2 on my iDevices and don’t feel like im missing out on anything special. Rest assured we will have a guide to jailbreak iOS 8 in the next few days for those that are still eager.
Pangu has finally been updated to include the Cydia installer and has most of the bugs ironed out, check it out here and you can follow our guide to jailbreaking iOS 8 – 8.1 here.
So no more:
– Safari errors on 64bit devices
– iMessage unable to send messages with pictures
– Substrate no longer requires a respring to load
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