Apple stops signing iOS 8.1, downgrade now impossible

Cydia iOS 8

iOS 8.1’s day has come and gone. Today, in fact, just a few minutes ago, Apple stopped signing the firmware.

If you missed out on iOS 8.1, there is no way to either upgrade to it, or downgrade to it. Instead, you’ll have to go directly to iOS 8.1.1.

Fortunately, like the firmware it replaces, iOS 8.1.1 is jailbreakable as well. Check inside to see what this means for the future of jailbreaking iOS.

To check the signing status of iOS 8.1, visit As you can see, there are red ‘!’ icons where the green check mark icons used to reside.

Thankfully, this will have few impacts to those who wish to jailbreak, besides a few mild inconveniences. You can still upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 and use the TaiG tool for Windows to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1.

Since iOS 8.2 beta appears to break the TaiG jailbreak, and since MuscleNerd said it was safe, I highly recommend that you go ahead and update to iOS 8.1.1 and jailbreak using the TaiG tool. If you’re already jailbroken on iOS 8.1, then that’s a personal decision with regard to choosing to stay put on iOS 8.1 or upgrade to iOS 8.1.1. If you’re not jailbroken and are currently on a non-jailbreakable firmware, then you have no choice but to upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 if you wish to jailbreak now.

What do you think about Apple’s timing of the signing window closure? We pretty much figured it might happen today, since it’s been a while since iOS 8.1.1 was introduced. What about you?