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Apple credits Pangu jailbreakers for helping make iOS 8.1.1 even more secure

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The only time Apple publicly acknowledges the jailbreak community is when, semi-tauntingly, it lists the people responsible for finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in iOS that have now been patched.

In the aftermath of its just-released iOS 8.1.1 update, Apple adds a mention to its security logs of the China-based PanguTeam, who discovered three vulnerabilities fixed in the latest update of Apple’s mobile OS.

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iOS 8.1.1 may arrive as early as today

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

Thanks to Pangu, we have all been able to jailbreak our iPhone 6’s far earlier than most of us thought possible. Unfortunately, though, Apple has been moving to close the loophole that makes the iOS 8 jailbreak possible with the iOS 8.1.1 beta, which is currently snaking through developer channels. When it arrives, poof, no more jailbreak.

Unfortunately, it seems like the iOS 8.1.1 update could arrive soon, perhaps as early as today. Better jailbreak now, people

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Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak now available for Mac

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The iOS 8 Pangu jailbreak tool was made available on the Mac today after being on Windows only for the past few weeks.

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iOS 8 jailbreak finally ‘stable enough’ to use

An iOS 8 jailbreak tweak that replicates the Apple Watch UI on the iPhone. Kinda cool, but not much more than a parlor trick. Photo: Jeff Benjamin

An iOS 8 jailbreak tweak that replicates the Apple Watch UI on the iPhone.. Photo: Jeff Benjamin

iOS 8 has been technically jailbroken since October 22, but it’s taken weeks to get it polished enough for Cydia, the jailbreak alternative to the App Store.

Now that things are “stable enough,” Cydia creator Jay Freeman has flipped the switch to start allowing the sale of iOS 8 tweaks and themes.

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First malware targeted at non-jailbroken iPhones spreads in China

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WireLurker is “the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.” Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

(Updated with Apple statement below.)

A new class of malware targeted at OS X and iOS is spreading like wildfire in China, according to new research by Palo Alto Networks. Dubbed WireLurker, the trojan hides itself in apps distributed through a third-party Chinese app store for OS X and side-loads itself onto iOS devices via USB.

What sets WireLurker apart from other malware is that it is capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices, and it heralds “a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms.”

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New iOS 8 Cydia jailbreak likely to launch tomorrow

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

PanguTeam’s iOS 8 jailbreak happened much quicker than many people expected, but for most users it wasn’t worth installing since its lack of Cydia meant that most users wouldn’t have the ability to find and install software packages.

That looks set to change tomorrow, however, as the PanguTeam has announced that it plans to release an updated stable version of the Pangu8 jailbreak, bundled along with Cydia. tomorrow with Cydia included.

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Apple Watch UI comes to jailbroken iPhones

Apple Watch UI comes to the iPhone. GIF: Lucas Menge.

Apple Watch UI comes to the iPhone. GIF: Lucas Menge

iPhone owners who can’t wait for the Apple Watch can now change their home screens to a fresh interface inspired by Apple’s wearable UI, thanks to a hack for jailbroken devices.

This new tweak replaces the existing iOS look and feel — which has remained conceptually unchanged since the debut of the iPhone back in 2007 — with circular, bubble-looking icons that users can zoom in and out of to find their apps easier.

While the mod started out as nothing more than a concept, another developer has taken the idea and run with it, constructing a tweak called WatchSpring that replaces a jailbroken iOS 8 device’s SpringBoard with a working Apple Watch-style home screen.

Here’s how you get hold of it.

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iOS 8.1 blocks ‘date trick’ loophole that allows emulators on iPhone and iPad

Playing Pokemon on iPhone 6 Plus using GBA4iOS. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Playing Pokemon on iPhone 6 Plus using GBA4iOS. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

A neat trick that allows old console emulators and other unapproved apps to be installed on iOS devices without jailbreaking is set to be wiped out with iOS 8.1. Apple has finally taken action against the “date trick” many users have long been taking advantage of, and it’s going to make playing your favorite SNES and Game Boy games much harder.

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China using jailbroken iPhones to spy on Hong Kong protesters

Protesters in Hong Kong hold their phones high. Photo: AFP

Protesters in Hong Kong hold their phones high. Photo: AFP

As thousands of protesters flood the streets of Hong Kong demanding a democratic election, the Chinese government is reportedly using sophisticated malware to spy on not only Android devices, but iOS devices as well.

But don’t worry about China peeking at your Snapchats. There has yet to be a widespread instance of iOS malware in the wild, and this particularly “advanced” trojan still requires a tremendous amount of complicit behavior on the victim’s part.

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‘Netflix for pirates’ comes to jailbroken iOS devices

The Popcorn Time app on Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

The Popcorn Time app on Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Popcorn Time, the service that allows users to stream movie torrents, today makes its debut on iOS. It’s available only to jailbroken devices — there’s no way Apple would have approved it for the App Store — and it can be obtained through Cydia via a dedicated Popcorn Time repository.

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