Cracked? Signs looking promising for an iOS 8 jailbreak

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Given that it’s only been around since Monday, it’s still early days for iOS 8. But that doesn’t mean the jailbreak community is resting — and if early indicators are to be believed, we might see a jailbreak for Apple’s latest mobile operating system sooner than expected.

While there are still no concrete examples of someone jailbreaking their device on iOS 8, well-known hacker i0n1c claimed in a recent tweet that the first beta of iOS 8 “doesn’t fix anything” and should therefore be breakable.

It should be pointed out, of course, that there is still no publicly available jailbreak for the current iOS 7.1.1 firmware, although several jalbreakers (including i0n1c) have given evidence online that it is possible.

While i0n1c sees to hold a stance of not releasing public jailbreaks, his apparent success does mean that another jailbreaker such as evad3rs may be able to follow suit.

Whatever happens, we’re unlikely to see any jailbreak tool for iOS 8 made available prior to the public launch, since this would allow Apple to patch vulnerabilities ahead of time.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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