TaiG Mac OS X Virtual Machine

The TaiG jailbreak for either iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 has been out for over two and a half weeks. Many users have jailbroken their iPhone, iPads, and iPod touches as a result.

Even though the TaiG tool has been Windows-only this entire time, plenty of Mac-only jailbreakers have been able to use it by means of a Bootcamp partition, or a virtual machine—which is far and away the most popular way to jailbreak on a Mac.

So the question stands to be asked: do you even care about a Mac version of TaiG at this point? Rumors are swirling that a Mac tool is indeed in the works, but it’s been so long, I imagine most who were starving for a jailbreak either used a friend’s Windows computer, or took advantage of one of the above options.

Vote in our poll and let us know…


And in case you’re Mac-only, but want to go ahead and try to jailbreak now, you can use our simple virtual machine tutorial. It takes well less than a half-hour from start-to-finish.

What do you think about TaiG’s release policies? Do you think Macs should be first, given their symbiotic relationship with iOS devices?

  • Wow, kind of surprised at the results so far. Looks like a Mac version would still be fairly popular.

    • Adrian

      Early 2009 I bought a Mac mini, before that I was windows only… Reason I bought Mac was because in early days of JB dev team tools were ways Mac only lol took awhile for the windows JB tool to release, boy have times changed!!

    • Merman123

      Of course it matters! I have about 5 friends still waiting on Mac because they don’t want to go through the “hassle.”

      • Giovanni

        you could just go to a friends house who has a windows pc and do it from there.

      • Merman123

        Well yeah, but that alone could be a hassle for some. Not to mention, I don’t know anyone with a windows pc. At least not anyone that I would feel comfortable asking .

      • Bob M. Guthrie

        I went through the “hassle”.

        VMware, Parallels, BootCamp, Windows 7, 8 and 10, on a Dell and Lenovo. On a friend’s pc… Every error listed everywhere, from Apple Driver not found to stuck at 60%.

        Downgrade iTunes, upgrade, remove, install, clean reinstall on three iPhones (5, 6, 6s) and iPad Air 2. By myself and pc friends. Only 1 out of 5 friends that achieve JB.

        Ah, yeah. There is a need of a Mac Jailbreak tool. Glad that some iPhone/iPad users were able to use Windows to do it, but it’s needed for still a great deal of people.

        “Uuh, you don’t know how to use Taig!!1!”. Taig is releasing its app almost every two days to fix every error listed by people. Pangu at least reached 99% before bombing.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah i’ve came across tons a problems all the one you listen and more. I’ve just gave up on this round of jb. I figure i can just take ios9 beta for a test ride instead.

      • Gabriel

        yeah, I had the same problems in Virtualization, so I used the work PC in order to JB my both devices.

    • J. Rockwell

      Jeff I believe you don’t have to go any further than looking at the length of this jailbreak video you made. 17+ minutes, and that didn’t even include downloading VMWare, and the Windows 10 files. I know most of my friends it took well over an hour and a half to jailbreak their phone, and some didn’t have success right away.

      Not to mention the amount of steps it now takes on a Mac. It has gotten a bit convoluted.

      I do like the fact that you didn’t speed up the process on the tutorial. I was able to jailbreak right along with you. Very smart editing decision!

    • Zack Whitfield

      It matters because Windows won’t always be as easy to download as it is right now – there’s a preview version, but it goes on sale in a few weeks.

    • Javier

      Yeah also surprised, I’m guessing people that are starting to jailbreak might be afraid of it being only windows, but experienced jailbreakers probably went running to install a VM or just use a windows PC.

    • James G

      It’s too much of a hassle to maintain a VM just for this purpose.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        What maintenance?

      • James G

        It seems like every time I turn on a VM I have to update software and disregard a bunch of annoying prompts. For people who use VM for something else regularly this isn’t a big deal but for those of us who’d only do it just for jail breaking it’s overkill.

        I’d rather just have a Mac app that does it quickly.

      • I 100% agree with you and I’m a Windows user that used to have to use VM for older iPhone JBs. Huge hassle!

  • Stephen

    Yes it is, my iTunes on my virtual machine isn’t recognizing my iPhone I have a fresh restore, I updated to the latest 12.2 and it’s not recognizing my iPhone on it, pissing me off

    • hhumbert

      For my VM (VMWare), I had to configure the VM so that newly plugged in USB devices get registered to the Vmware OS, not Mac OS. When I started the VM and iTunes running under that VM, I then plugged in my phone. Try that.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Just download iTunes v12.0.1, you can find it somewhere in the “Jailbreak” tags in IDB where it showed you how to jailbreak iOS 8.3 I believe. There are download links for VMWare Fusion7, Windows 10 Insider Preview 32bit and iTunes 12.0.1. This exact recipe worked for me! I have a MacBook Pro 2009 edition, booted from an external HDD running Mavericks (because my main drive is still on SnowLeopard) and ran the virtual machine from there.

    • S-MAC

      u need to download tunes 12.1

      • Stephen

        Yeah I kind a messed up on that, since I down to 12.2, I can’t go back to 12.1 because a later version is already installed

      • f96lrs

        Up date drives

      • mrgerbik

        Of course you can downgrade… Just make sure and uninstall ALL APPLE PROGRAMS installed from itunes (ie – bonjour, apple application support, etc) before reinstalling. Easy way to find them is in Program settings in control panel, sort list by author/developer (w/e its called)

        And also, try 12.01 instead of 12.10

  • Connecting Mac User 

    I don’t think a question like this should even be debated on.. I mean seriously a Mac version of Taig does f**kin matter. Yes! I’ve jailbroken long ago with windows on MAC (virtual machine). I think the recent Jailbreak and drama in it are so demn bad and sad. We’re talking bout jailbreaking iDevices here, and yeah, Window users also use iPhone, iPad or iPod but Mac version of any jailbreak should be available at the day of release or NO version at all. Seriously i never expect a moment like this. Jailbreak is almost dead and not interesting anymore like before. Demn!

    • kron1k 

      Maybe because oh I don’t know Mac isn’t as popular in China…..they built it for there purposes…

      Please feel free to make one of its simple

      • mrgerbik

        Or *maybe* its not techincally feesible atm???

    • Antzboogie

      Oh stop crying just run Windows on your Mac and say thank you for the Jailbreaks that we thought weren’t even coming. If it’s a headache to you then maybe you shouldn’t even be Jailbreaking.

      • Connecting Mac User 

        Shut the f*ck up and read my comments dumb a*s!

  • I used my parents Windows laptop to jailbreak my iPhone 5. I’m surprised that it’s taking this long for TaiG to make an app for the Mac.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      I don’t think it’s a question of how long it’s taking the TaiG team to make a Mac version. I think they won’t make one. PP or Pangu might surprise and release one, they’ve done so in the past. It’s only TaiG that have never done a Mac version. I’ve already jailbroken on a virtual machine on my 2009 MBP, but I’d STILL want to see those who want a Mac version get one! And I want the trend to go back to how it was, Mac and Windows being released together or just days apart because I’m not sure I’d want to go through the hassle again.

  • Adrian

    Early 2009 I bought a Mac mini, before that I was windows only… Reason I bought Mac was because in early days of JB dev team tools were ways Mac only lol took awhile for the windows JB tool to release, boy have times changed!

  • Gabriel Anaya

    I’m windows only, but yes, a Mac version is still very important. There are tons of people who are just too lazy to jailbreak because they don’t want to go through the hassle of a virtual machine. I know this holds true for several of my friends. It’s less problems and a smoother user experience if they just make a Mac version.

  • tyler bourbon

    of course it does! im in a place with lousy internet, its a hassle for me to get the 8.4 ipsw, god forbid id need to download some windows vm. i know nobody who still uses a windows machine. i started on a mac 10 years ago, in the meantime, my entire inner circle has made the switch. this is an apple dedicated website. how can you even ask if a mac tool matters?!

    • Kyle

      What is your “inner circle”, if I may ask?

      • J. Rockwell

        ummm…close friends

        *sighs* 🙂

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Why is there no option for: “I already jailbroke, but Yes a Mac version is still very much needed for those who may need one.”

    • We’re all about self around here. Kidding, of course.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Sure Jeff I know that, about the 2nd part of your statement. But jokes aside, I think a Mac version is still very much needed. Just because I already jailbroke and in the clear doesn’t mean that I can selfishly say “eh, doesn’t matter anymore, move on.” Of course not, it does matter, if I were still not jailbroken I’d still want those who have push and demand for a Mac version of whatever platform I’m working with.

      • kron1k 

        Ok then vote that it still matters….holy sh*t!!!!

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Already did even before your comment. So what’s your point?

  • coLin

    They should focus on the iOS 9 JB and forget about the MAC version. My opinion

  • The_Kingfish

    Go use a Windows computer at the local public library or find a friend with a Windows machine. You could probably even use one of the display computers at the Best Buy or Walmart. Only takes 5 maybe 10 minutes tops and you’ll probably never touch a Windows PC after that.

    • MrShutEmDown

      When’s the last time you’ve been to a library? The permissions to download third party items like apps, and then install them for use is not possible at most. And who’s going to lengths of going to Best Buy to jailbreak a phone? Really?

      • The_Kingfish

        The TaiG jailbreak tool is a self contained .exe file and runs off a flash drive. I know this because that’s how I jailbroke 3 phones on two different Windows PCs. No installing necessary. And I have several Best Buys and Walmarts 10-15 minutes from me in either direction with rows of display laptops running Windows 8.1. But if you don’t want to travel, a virtual machine can be set up and used instead. It’s not that hard trust me. I’ve done Mac VMs on VMWare back when jailbreak tools came out as Mac versions first and Windows versions months later. If you want to jailbreak bad enough, you find a way.

      • White Michael Jackson

        All that? Hardly seems like its worth it. Could be easier.

      • The_Kingfish

        Then don’t jailbreak. Nobody is twisting your arm. If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way that doesn’t involve a Mac. If not, go stock and quit whining.

      • White Michael Jackson

        Or wait for a Mac Version.

  • Paymon John Vafa

    To be honest, I went through hell to get the windows 10 version working and I feel that I am pretty tech savvy. If taig wants to reach the broad population (lets be real guys this is some sort of commercial venture), then they should release an OSX version.

    But it is cool how we were all able to do it by running a Windows OS on the Mac.

  • AppWatchWear

    Of course, the Mac version will still be popular. I’ve jailbroken my iPad with the virtual machine and I still have issues. At least a Mac version will be more straight forward.

  • AppWatchWear

    plus a mac version might be more stable

  • trickyD

    I’m still having trouble with the apple driver issue.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      Uninstall all of Apple’s services in Windows then reinstall iTunes 12.0 32 bit

      • trickyD

        I tried that, I get an error when trying to download 32bit version of iTunes. I’m on a late ’13 iMac, using VMware.

      • MeloIsOverrated

        You need 64 bit version I think.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Listen, if Jeff can jailbreak 8.4 on a Mac through Windows, then anyone can. Quit complaining about the Mac version of the jailbreak, takes you about 30 mins or less then once it’s done!

    • MrShutEmDown

      It took windows users less. Why should one do more work than the other for the same final product?

  • MrShutEmDown

    Does a mac app for an apple product matter? I would hope so.

    • J. Rockwell

      +1000

  • Marcus

    I feel like most people aren’t concerned with the lack of Mac incompatibility. I’m more concerned about how many bugs are in the TaiG jailbreak. TaiG has just kept pushing updates out to fix bugs and the jailbreak still seems somewhat unstable. I restored my iOS 8.1 (Pangu) iPhone 5s to iOS 8.4 yesterday for Apple Music. I decided not to jailbreak it because of all the bugs in TaiG. If Pangu were to release a Windows only jailbreak though, I’m jailbreak the same day it was released.

    Also, the fact that an iPhone jailbreak is released for a Windows computer doesn’t make sense. Imagine a Windows Phone jailbreak being released only on a Mac.

  • The_Kingfish

    For years, every smug smartassed Mac user would say “Your problem is you bought a Windows PC, buy a Mac. Problem solved.”

    Oh the sweet irony…

    • Yes of course it’s ironic because we all own computers soley to jailbreak, how stupid we Mac users are now that we can’t JB..

  • Eliot A Anderson

    Of course it’s necessary, I have a Mac.

  • socrates

    I dual boot Windows and OS X regularly. No problem, and I get the best of both worlds.

  • Aqeel Ahmed

    I use Mac and for the Jailbreak I installed Virtual machine

  • Guy

    The Mac version definitely still matters

  • White Michael Jackson

    Personally I am NOT installing virtual machine, an different OS, installing iTunes again, just to run ONE application. Im still on 8.1.2 and Im fine. There are not enough reasons to update? Apple Music? I have spotify. I’ll wait for a Mac version when the ios 9 version comes out.

  • ffarouki

    Thanks for the tutorial, brilliant. Couple of answers Jeff: 1) I hesitate to go VM because don’t want Windows file for eternity lurking on my newest Mac, that’s why would appreciate Mac TaiG 2) perhaps tutorial how to transfer to USB would be helpful? 3) could use help explaining few choices when installing windows like why 2 processors and a few things you checked too quickly to understand? Otherwise, you’re the best, thanks! 🙂

  • David Roginsky

    sorry but what hassle?.took me about 5 min on windows .and a few minutes to reinstall tweaks through pkgbackip ya it cost 10$. but the official one is worth it

  • stylesbeyond

    really!!! 5mins to download a windows OS (FREE) 5 mins to get and install a virtual desktop (FREE) download an older iTunes less than 1 min restore your device 5mins Taig 2 second download it takes no more than 20 mins to get up and running its so simple if you want a jailbreak so bad its not hard at all hell my 7 year old nephew does it and then theres boot camp takes 10 mins to setup and install done people are to lazy thats the problem!!! its not cause its a hassle cause its really not

  • HugoV

    Yes!…. It Ducking matters!

  • TC Ersin Dönmez

    Services rendered to the Apple ecosystem is given to the first windows.This is stupid.

  • Elias Chao

    I think is kinda ironic that the Windows version came out first. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d expect to get the Mac version first since your jailbreaking an iPhone (from Apple).

  • Wanli Zhang

    Just want to chime in to let folks know that PP 25 for 8.4 worked for me on my iPad Air. Have been trying different versions of Taige for 8.4, but to no avail. PP25 succeeded at 1st try! And smooth just like the old-time JB! I have a mid ’13 MacBook Air with Fusion VMware 7.0, Windows 10 32 bit Insider Preview Edition, and iTunes 32 bit 12.1.0.71. Setup is exactly what Jeff recommended.

    Hope this helps those who still haven’t JBed with different versions of the Taige 8.4 tool.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Hell. No.

  • Jason Xia

    Does it work with 2009 late iMac of OS X 10.9.5 running Windows XP?
    The whole process looks like lots of components are needed and requirements to be met, so … you know what I mean?

  • Blip dude

    I could be wrong, but has anyone ever thought that TaiG just simply doesn’t care?? Obviously a Mac option seems really popular even now for obvious reasons. Of course it wouldn’t hurt TaiG to make a Mac version but, they may be under that Mentality of “we don’t have to, we don’t want to.” Have they even mentioned at least stating that they have no intentions making one??

  • M2

    Blah blah blah. Took me 10 minutes with iPhone 6 plus. Downgraded iTunes and used it on my old windows 32 bit pc. F Mac.

  • Daniel Duque

    This is so stupid. Literally it’s been weeks and they’ve released 5 versions for windows and they still can’t make a tool for the mac come on now. iDevice-Mac not iDevice-Windows… I appreciate them making the JB but Pangu and Evasion did it for both without a problem.

  • f96lrs

    We r all lucky they. Made a JB at all

  • Gavin Friel

    Now that you mention it…I’m having a problem guys! New version of jailbreak tool (v2.4.1) won’t download either from idb downloads or official website – I’ve tried on two different computers – I’m being told the files directory is incomplete or something. Any ideas? Having 60% issue with older version.

  • Xee

    No it doesn’t matter. If you really wanted to Jailbreak you would have found a way by now.

    All that matters is that there is a jailbreak available, regardless if on Mac or Win!

    • iPhoneWINS

      lol nah i have no access to PCs at all

  • It’s sad, that it’s taking this long. This is Apple device after all. Just for pure respect factor, Mac jb should be released first or at least at the same time. But hey money talks. We are far away from hobbies jailbreaks.

  • iPhoneWINS

    yes it does

  • There’s nothing wrong with wanting a one-click solution.
    Those who want to go through the ‘hassle’ can do so, but I’m glad I waited, and I jailbroke with PP yesterday.

  • Bryant F

    I’m hoping for the latter. Personally i think like the purpose of providing him in and retiring Mark Letterman was to use and attract the younger audience that liked The Colbert Record and The Daily Show, but could have nothing related to different Late Evening shows because these were therefore much recycle crap from yesteryear.