I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is Apple is no longer signing iOS 8.1.1. That means that anyone wishing to upgrade or downgrade to iOS 8.1.1 can no longer do so. Users will now be forced to upgrade to iOS 8.1.2.
Fortunately, there’s good news. The good news is that Apple is of course signing iOS 8.1.2 being that it is the latest publicly available firmware. Since iOS 8.1.2 is jailbreakable with the latest version of the TaiG jailbreak, jailbreakers need not be overly concerned.
As we told you about in a post last month, it’s fairly easy to check the status of Apple’s firmware using the IPSW.me website. For example, if you go to IPSW.me/8.1.1, you’ll see that the signing window for iOS 8.1.1 is now closed. If you go to IPSW.me/8.1.2, you’ll see that the window remains open. Once the next version of iOS 8 is released, presumably iOS 8.1.3, you’ll be able to downgrade back to iOS 8.1.2 as long as it’s still being signed.
Interestingly enough, it appears that iOS 8.1.1 remains open for a couple of devices like the Apple TV 3 and its revision. Every other device, though, including all iPhone and iPads, remain closed.
Since there is already an iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak, this isn’t that big of a deal, but it’s still worth noting and being aware of. But if Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 or a future update that breaks the TaiG jailbreak, it will be more important to be in the know about firmware signing statuses.
What firmware do you currently have running on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad? Drop us a line in the comments with your current status.