TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.3 has already been released. The jailbreak supports all devices running iOS 8.1.3 up to iOS 8.3 and after the release of the updated Cydia Substrate, works flawlessly. Many users who were taken aback by the initial drama that followed the release of TaiG 2.0 decided not to jailbreak their device until the dust settles and a stable version of the tool is available. If you are part of that group then now is the best time to finally jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
There’s another reason why you should jailbreak your iOS device right now. TaiG tool was released just a week before the expected release date of iOS 8.4. This new software update that is going to bring new Music app to all devices will be released on or before July 30th, which is the official launch date of Apple’s music streaming service. TaiG in its current form cannot jailbreak iOS 8.4 and no one is sure whether the tool will be capable of jailbreaking final version of iOS 8.4 at all.
If that’s the case, then TaiG team will need to do a lot of work in order to add support for iOS 8.4, which means iOS 8.4 jailbreak can take weeks or even months before it is ready to be used by public.
Once Apple has released the software update it will stop signing older versions of iOS. If you are stuck on an older version of the operating system or trying out iOS 9 beta, then you will no longer be able to install iOS 8.3 on your device and jailbreak it using TaiG.
Prominent jailbreakers i0n1c and iH8sn0w had strongly suggested that yesterday’s release of iOS 8.1.2 wouldn’t block the TaiG jailbreak, and this has now been confirmed: the latest version is available just a day after the iOS update.
The jailbreak supports all devices capable of running iOS 8, including the iPhone 6/Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
It’s Windows-only for now, with a Mac version promised later. The Pangu team released an OS X tool for its own jailbreak last month.
Here’s how the game of iOS cat-and-mouse jailbreak works. A team releases a working jailbreak for the most recent version of iOS to the public. Apple moves to eliminate the exploit that made the last jailbreak possible, releases a new version of iOS, and stops ‘signing’ previous jailbreakable versions of iOS, meaning they can no longer be installed on devices. Rinse and repeat.
The last version of iOS, iOS 8.1.1, closed the hole that made the Pangu jailbreak possible. But now a new jailbreak has been released, that will jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 on any device. Here’s how to install it.
The jailbreak is called TaiG. It’s in Chinese, and it only works on Windows (although running it in a Windows virtual machine also works fine), but it jailbreaks every version of iOS from iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1.1, and it works like a charm.
To install the jailbreak, download the TaiG tool, extract its contents, and run the tool as an administrator. For the device you intend to jailbreak, turn off ‘Find My iPhone’ and disable your passcode under ‘Settings’, then enable AirPlane mode. Plug your device into your computer, and when TaiG recognizes your device, uncheck the second box (the one that doesn’t say Cydia) and hit the green button. When you see the smiley face, your jailbreak is done!
I tried it, and it worked quite well. Of course, with Apple still signing iOS 8.1, it seems a little odd that a perfectly good jailbreak technique would be squandered on iOS 8.1.1 when it could have been held back for iOS 8.2. But I suppose we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.