Despite our warnings, a number of folks have updated their devices to iOS 7.1 within the last few weeks, and they’ve quickly learned that the update kills the iOS 7 jailbreak. Many have asked us if we think evasi0n7 will be updated to work with the new firmware, but it doesn’t seem very likely.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible though. Last week, winocm posted a video of his fully jailbroken iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1, and yesterday iH8sn0w one-up him. Amidst a flurry of responses to questions regarding the state of the jailbreak, the hacker confirmed his iPhone 4s is jailbroken on 7.1…
Here’s the referenced tweet:
@NGeary14 well my 4S is jailbroken on 7.1 atm.
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) March 26, 2014
Unfortunately, reading through iH8sn0w’s feed (and wow, props to him for putting up with what he does), it doesn’t sound like he’s working on a public release. At one point he says “I don’t have any intentions of working on a 7.1/8 jb atm,” and notes that any claims of a public iOS 7.1 jailbreak are false.
Note: we have seen several jailbreak-related scams pop up for iOS 7.1, like this one. Remember if we haven’t reported on it, it hasn’t happened yet.
So for now it would appear that although jailbreaking iOS 7.1 is possible, there are no current plans to release a consumer-friendly version. And to be honest, that’s what we were expecting anyway. Typically hackers like to hold onto their exploits for use in major releases—such as the upcoming iOS 8.
We’ll obviously let you know, though, if this changes.