Good news for would be jailbreakers running iOS 8.1.1: MuscleNerd, the famous hacker and one of the leaders of the jailbreak movement, has granted his blessing to the TaiG jailbreak.

As you’ll recall, this weekend, TaiG came out of nowhere to release and iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak. As a result, and because relatively little is known about TaiG, many people felt it better to wait before some of the more well-known hackers could take a look at the package.

In a series of tweets, MuscleNerd has vouched for the safety of the TaiG jailbreak, effectively opening the floodgates to the masses. Have a look inside for the details.

After taking a look at the code, MuscleNerd states that there is “nothing too unsettling” with regard to TaiG’s work. He even states that TaiG’s work is “much more transparent than Pangu”. This is good news, as TaiG’s name had previously been linked with a Chinese pirated app store that came bundled with the initial versions of the Evasi0n7 jailbreak for iOS 7. As a result, the group’s reputation was sullied, leading many to question whether or not they should trust their devices in the hands of TaiG.

I should note that the TaiG jailbreak does still include some sort of alternate “store” which users will need to opt out of before jailbreaking. You can download TaiG and see our full iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak tutorial for directions on how to do that.

With MuscleNerd’s comments, has your opinion changed at all about the TaiG jailbreak? If you were sitting on the fence, has it changed your stance at all? Sound off down below in the comments section.

  • John Smith

    ok i might now upgrade to ios 8.1.1 🙂 (first)

  • Steven Code

    Stefan lost his mind about how they were copying and stealing and honestly just creating bs drama glad muscle nerd didn’t second to this

  • Christopher Rigby

    I’ve Jailbroken my 6 plus and iPad Air with TaiG and had no problems

    • rafaelpz

      They are talking about security issues in this article, not if it will harm your device.

      • Diego Milano

        To clarify, a security hole is a highly potential harm.

      • Antzboogie

        What does lite device finger printing mean?

      • Infernova

        They upload some of your device’s identifier keys. (maybe UUID etc.)

  • Ghost

    I upgraded my iPad mini jailbreak went well till I ran cydia I then ended up with no icons not even on the dock. I just had a lovely background and nothing else.

    • Sandro Michailidis

      Jusst restore iphone again and re jailbreak i had it too , 2nd did work for me buddy ! 🙂

      • Ghost

        Cheers that did the trick!

  • Platy

    Still can’t update the untether through cydia.

    Still installs AFC2 by default which cannot be uninstalled ‘easily’ – must install another package to do it for you.

    Yeah I’m still going to hang back on this one for a bit. It’s still not finished imo.

    • Niclas

      The untether seems stable, it uses some old techniques so they probably know how it behaves. Witch results in no need for an update.

      If they need to update it, it can still be released through Cydia.

  • ready1take1

    I’ll probably just wait till there’s a mac version like I did for 8.1. I don’t feel a big rush to update.

    • William Austin

      Only rush is due to it being more “fun”. I say go for it, I just hopped on a PC and got my 6 setup in less than a minute.

    • ktappe

      The only “rush” is that you need to do this before 8.2 comes out and Apple stops signing 8.1.1. Also, if you’re upgrading devices (as I will be soon), you need to order your new iPhone before Apple starts delivering them with 8.2 pre-installed.

  • TwinSon

    Debating if I should stay at 8.1 JB or update to 8.1.1 and JB on my 6+.

    • nonchalont

      Stay 8.1. If u have a 4s, then I would update. No big difference between the two firmwares. If you’re having any issues with 8.1, then I would update also.

    • who

      i updated my 6+. Although there are claims its no difference, I can say my battery life is definitely better with 8.1.1
      Also some glitches are fixed. (ie rotation to landscape) and boot time is around 25secs.

    • Andrew

      Upgrade. Pangu is unstable and full of bugs.

  • nfinite

    already jailbroken my ipad and iphone and all went smooth, except springtomize 3 gives me crashes.. iOS 8.1.1 is smoother than 8.1, especially on the ipad..

  • Chris Gilmore

    Did anybody keep that “store” and saw what was in it? Kind of curious.

    • Andrew Breyen

      I did not, but as far as I know its for Chinese apps, pirated.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    I’ve always wondered who the man behind the pineapple was..

    • Scotow

      Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Andrew Breyen

    What does “just some light device fingerprinting. To see that, create an empty debuglog.cfg file next…” mean?

    • Niclas

      If you don’t know what it mean, theres no reason to care. Just consider it; probably ok.

  • Antzboogie

    What is AFC2?

    • Andy Gostavo

      it’s the apple file conduct 2, it basically allow access to all your root files without trusting the host. for me i don’t use it and i think it’s very bad.

      • Antzboogie

        Thank you I guess you never stop learning and I have been Jailbreaking since awhile.

      • Niclas

        Incorrect. You still need to trust the host to get access.

  • zeekfizz

    Loved the 8.1.1 update. Much more stable and keyboards work in spotlight, extensions stay in order,etc. but I missed virtual home. Now I have it again. Flawless jailbreak. I didn’t restore either. Worked fast and smooth.

  • Saeed Mizori

    i wll install that chinnese appstore to check what is inside it…..

    • Guest

      Its fine? Download all apps for free.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Ummmm tall jailbreakers are unbelievable lol. Only way they can hack your device is if they have the root password. Change that password after jailbreak and its secure again. But some of yall claim yall been doing it for years.

  • Diego Milano

    As for myself, running 8.1, I see no relevant reason to go through the restore and jailbreak process just to gain an extra .1 point. I’d wait for an iOS 8.2 jailbreak instead and enjoy 8.1 for another month or two. I feel like I’m jailbreaking once every 30-45 days otherwise and that’s bothersome.

  • Wraith

    How can I uninstall AFC2?, someone mention here that is not a easy task, or I just go to cydia and uninstall the package.?

  • Jordan

    I recommend upgrading! I did yesterday and can say my phone is operating more smoothly and haven’t gone into safe mode once way better then pangu and more stable plus it was easier and faster to jailbreak

  • AnArcticMonkey

    No explanation on why Taig phones home and sends your UDID, I’m going to wait for saurik to give his opinion on this.

    • mav3rick

      It might be a while, Cydia was again bundled along TaiG, last time he was not so fond about this move.

  • Jeff Neves

    for what devices??

  • mav3rick

    evade3rs with TaiG didn’t work out, the reverse might…

  • Shawn

    Has anyone with a 6+ jailbroken 8.1.1 without their device their overheating? My battery begins dropping fast and it is constantly hot. Fresh restore following Jeff’s guide.

    I haven’t had good luck with either 8.1.1 or 8.1 jailbreaks and each did something to my device requiring me to restore.

  • Jeffrey

    How long is Apple going to keep playing this cat and mouse jailbreaking game? jail-breaking is never ever going to stop happening. Apple is just wasting time and money which they can use for other things.

    • Shawn

      What people with this mentality, that it is a cat and mouse game, fail to understand is that these are glaring security issues. They want their technology to be the go to device for enterprise use. Enterprises want their devices to be secure. If you have devices with unmatched issues that have been publicly exploited that raises a big message to them to not consider iOS.

      • Jeffrey

        But it IS a cat and mouse game, I’m sure that if jailbreaking wasn’t ‘invented’ and was never here that Apple wouldn’t put so much effort in patching exploits as they do now. The main cause Apple patches the exploits is because they don’t want their customers to jailbreak.

      • Shawn

        That is highly incorrect. It’s be like if windows never recieved security updates. Malware would run rampant. The simple truth is that apple patching it makes us safer.

      • And then they break it again, and then it’s safer, and then they break it again…. but I agree patching flaws is a positive thing. What they need to do is allow some sort of less locked down mode to be used for the people that wish to.

      • chris

        it make us safer, but they oviously fail to protect us as JB found flaws again, and again….
        Heartbleed? SSL was suppose to make us safer too….

      • Shawn

        Everything’s got bugs. Wouldn’t be technology without bugs.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Any jailbreak tweaks started to use NFC options yet?

  • Question: If I update will most tweaks work on iOS 8.1.1 (assuming they work on iOS 8.1)?

  • mrgerbik

    I wonder what ‘light device fingerprintnig’ involves?

  • Thanks!

  • Tom

    I keep reading about Wi-fi Issues. Im still on 7.1 on my iPad Air. Any issues with Wi-Fi or slowdowns on the device ?

    • My Ipad is like a new device again after updating from 7.0.2 to 8.1 with Pangu. MUCH better.

  • dontknow

    Any iPhone 5s users here? Is it worth updating to iOS 8.1.1 from 8.1? I know their is no difference,in features,between the two. I am wondering about the performance and if there are still bugs.

    • nfinite

      overall it gives me smoother experience and better battery life, but no new features.. no major bugs, even minor bugs that I have encountered in 8.1.1.. so, Go ahead and get the latest and greatest iOS yet..

  • Greenhaze22

    Am I able to jailbreak to this directly from my current jailbreak? Or, do I have reset and start anew? Thank you for any guidance provided.

    • You have to update to 8.1.1 which gets rid of the jailbreak, then re-break, following the vids instructions.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I definitely need to buy an ipod touch for my jailbreak needs :/

  • Antzboogie

    Did the Pangu Jailbreak require removing AFC2 as well?

    • Jeffrey

      I don’t think either of these Jailbreaks ‘require’ you to uninstall AFC2, it’s just personal preference if you want to uninstall it or not.

  • Antzboogie

    What does Light device finger printing mean?

    • Chris

      MuscleNerd has a tweet about what it logs, the information it sends back is minimal and essentially just logs what device you have, which version of iOS and if any errors occurring during the jailbreak process, aside from that it behaves like any other jailbreak tool.

  • Aqeel Ahmed

    of course, if MuscleNerd says it’s safe, then it’s safe. I’ll update as soon as I get home

  • automatichornetNOJB .

    I screwed up when Cydia was loading files I wasent so pasient and I reboeted my device Cydia wasent there and NOTES,AppStore,AndMore… I well try restroring my iPad and doing it the right way cuz I don’t have Cydia and every program I use it says I’m already jail broken that sucks BTW I know I’m jail broken but I don’t have the Cydia icon well that sux now I have to restore my iPad or can any one reply to this comment and try helping me I don’t want to restore it I want to remove the jailbreak with out any restore And I might try jail breaking again :3