It may be that a jailbreak for an iOS 7.1.1 is very close, if jailbreak developers were to decide to publicize their exploits prior to the release of iOS 8.
Almost a month since iOS 7.1.1 was released, several developers have tweeted teasers over the weekend of 16th May about the possible existence of an untethered jailbreak for the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7.1.1. While there’s still no visual proof of a jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1, it’s still up in the air as to whether or not a public jailbreak will be available for the Apple iPad Air, iPhone 5S and other iOS devices.
Stefan Esser, a developer otherwise known as @iOn1c in the Jailbreaking community, issued a tweet on Saturday revealing a picture showing the existence of an iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5C.
I just leave this here … pic.twitter.com/4UzalhUGjK
— Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) May 18, 2014
Immediately after Esser’s tweet went out, jailbreak developer @Winocm posted a YouTube video also showing an iOS untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4. Winocm’s description of the video hinted that this jailbreak may work on other iOS devices. Although, it should probably be retooled for these devices.
In a blog entry on SektionEins on Sunday, Esser revealed some interesting information regarding the exploit used in creating the untethered jailbreak. Even so, it appears unlikely that Esser will be releasing a public jailbreak in the near future. Well, to this list we add another method of exploiting Apple devices running iOS 7.1.1, recently confirmed by the well-known hacker @p0sixninja. Even if the hacker behind this new method of jailbreaking iOS 7.1.1 is not quite as well known,his method is valid,remains to be seen whether it will be released publicly.
However, other videos apparently showing iOs 7.1.1 devices that have been jailbroken have appeared, thus giving a little hope to the iOS jailbreak community, even though it seems that Esser won’t be making a public jailbreak release.
This is what I did on iPhone 5s, with iOS 7.1.1 https://t.co/cKy4oq9Bbe
— Yeongjin Jang (@blue9057) May 18, 2014
It’s still possible that a public iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak could be released sometime in the near future. Realistically, it seems that developers of jailbreaks may be saving their talents for the iOS 8 – it’s unveiling expected to occur at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this coming June.
In the meantime, users of the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and other devices running iOS 7.1.1 must continue hoping for the release of a public untethered jailbreak. iPhone 4 users, however, can use the GeeksnOw tool to jailbreak their devices in a semi-tethered state.