Avid jailbreakers are somewhat spoilt this Christmas. Having had an end-of-life iOS 10 32-bit tool by tihmstar, and an iOS 11 tool too, the gifts just keep on coming. The Apple TV 4 and 4K have been brought into the fold, with a tvOS counterpart to Jonathan Levin's LiberiOS, called LiberTV.
Gone are the days of radio silence, followed by the single release of a finished jailbreak tool for all devices. As the scene moves from funded teams working in secrecy, to public exploits being worked on co-operatively by individual developers in an open forum, the workflow has also changed.
We now hear incremental updates, sometimes multiple times a day, which are more technical and reinforce, modify, or even invalidate previous news. That's why we've put together a quick round-up of the current state of affairs, which will bring you up to date.
Update: tvOS 11.1 and iOS 11.1.2 are now unsigned.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESTORE TO THEM!
New exploits for iOS 11.1.2 and below have made the possibility of upcoming jailbreaks very real. However, without the proper preparation, you could be left in the cold, without blobs to restore, or on the wrong firmware. Also, not everyone should update, so you need to be sure it's for you. Let's go through the options.
Apple today released tvOS 11.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV and the new Apple TV 4K.
Apple on Monday seeded the fifth beta of its upcoming iOS 11.1 update for iPhones and iPads, as well as the fourth betas of tvOS 11.1 and macOS 10.13.1. Registered developers can install the new betas from Apple's Developer Center, or by using each platform's respective over-the-air update mechanism.
Apple today seeded third betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1 to its registered developers and members of the Apple Developer Program.
Keeping true to its promise, Apple has now officially added more than a hundred new emoji to the second betas for iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.
Apple on Thursday seeded the first betas of iOS 11.1, macOS 10.13.1, and tvOS 11.1 to public testers. The updates come just a day after the arrival of the developer betas, and shortly after iOS 11, macOS 10.13 and tvOS 11 hit consumer devices.
Public betas are available to those who are enrolled in Apple's free Beta Software Program. Once you're signed up, and your devices are registered, you can access future iOS, macOS and tvOS betas using each platform's over-the-air Update mechanism.
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In yesterday's developer beta, we discovered iOS 11.1 includes some small changes, such as no more haptic feedback on wrong passcode entry on the Lock screen, and multiple emoji keyboard suggestions. There's also new animations and Health app UI tweaks.
As for macOS 10.13.1 and tvOS 11.1, the updates seem even less significant. But as usual, if we spot any notable changes in the software, we'll be sure to pass them along.
Apple on Wednesday seeded first developer betas of the upcoming iOS 11.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1 software updates.