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Sunday, June 29, 2014

iOS 7.1.1 Jailbreak Released!

A few days ago, Chinese developers released software that allows iOS users to jailbreak their devices up to the most current firmware being 7.1.1.

While this is mostly good news, there is some bad news mixed with it. The bad news isn't anything permanent but it does require patience and a little extra work than we've been used to in more recent releases.

Normally, we'd be cautious about releases coming from not-so-well known groups and ones especially from China. No offense to any legitimate Chinese developers, but many of the releases we see from the area tend to include malicious spyware and sometimes malware and usually don't even get the job done that was originally promised. But, in this case, many well-known developers and people high up in the iOS jailbreak community are giving this release positive praise.

For anyone ready to get started, you'll need to head to this website and download the installer. It may take a while as the installer is about 80 MB.

While the file is downloading, it is now a good time to backup your iOS device's information into iTunes. Once the backup is complete, close iTunes and have your device enter, what is known as DFU Mode. This can be done by a few methods which can be found here. Once in DFU Mode, open iTunes and allow it to restore your iDevice to the latest backup you just made.

Your device may or may not require a complete restore, but it's a good idea to do it anyway.

Hopefully after this is complete, your download is now complete and you are ready to open it. If using Windows, right-click on the application called "pangu_v0.1" or something similar to that and click "Run as Administrator". Don't worry if your application looks something like this.

What you first need to do is plug in your iOS device if it already isn't plugged in. It didn't seem to matter for me on my iPhone 5 if it was plugged in or not, but it may be different for others.

Once it's plugged in, the top ???? marks should say something about your model like mine said something about "iPhone 5...". This is your indication that it recognizes an iOS device. If you do not see anything like this, remove and reinsert your device until it recognizes it or close the program and restart it.

If it is recognized, click that check mark so that it is no longer checked. Lots of users are saying that some extra software has been included which appears to be a piracy market but could contain other software like spyware. It's a good idea to have this unchecked in the event that it does contain such information. Now, click the black box with the four ???? in it.

You will need to be nearby when this process is going on as it needs your input into the device from time to time. First, it will tell you to change your device's date to June 2, 2014. Go ahead and do this. I also changed the time to 8:30 p.m. just in case. While in settings, it is also a good idea to temporarily disable your passcode if one is currently set up.

If during this process the application seems to stop and the black question marks turn red, click the black button with the four question marks again and it should either retry or continue with the process. I'm unsure which it does as it doesn't state what it's doing, but it helped me complete my process.

If it appears to stop, check your device's springboard (sometimes known as the "desktop" where the apps are) and see if any new icons have appeared. At some point in the process, there should be an icon like you saw on the website and in their program that has an apple with Chinese language characters inside of it. If you do see this app, click it and follow its directions. Its directions will be in plain, easy to understand English.

At this point, the program will do the rest for you. Once it respringed my device, I did click on the app once more as I wasn't sure if I needed to or not. Touching it did not halt the process but I'm not sure if it was required either. If the process seems stuck, click the app icon once more just to be sure.

You will know when your device is jalbroken when you can see Cydia in your list of apps and the program seems to be finished. However, this isn't and shouldn't be the last part of the process.

Remember earlier about the unchecking of the box? Well, it turns out that unchecking that box didn't really completely not allow the software to be installed on your device. If you left it checked, an app icon should be on your device's springboard, but if unchecked, no icon should be there. While the app icon is not visibly there, some users are saying that bits and pieces of the software still linger on your device and need to be removed by another means.

This tweak to remove the software is found by searching "ppsync remover". In here should be a list of tweaks that can help you remove whatever software is left over. The one I used seems to only be available through Insanelyi's repo and is called "Complete PPSync Remover". Once that is downloaded, you'll need a terminal. I use Mobile Terminal, but any should work.

After installing these tweaks, your device may need to reboot/respring. Allow it to do so, now run the terminal app that you have. There should be a command line. Type "su". When it asks for a password, the default password is "alpine" exactly as written. Don't worry if it doesn't seem like it's actually typing because it really is. Once you've typed that, there it should now read something like "root#" instead of "mobile$". This means you have root access which is another way of knowing that your device is truly jailbroken.

Now, type "removeppsync" and click enter. A bunch of code should fill the screen and your device will now reboot on its own.

Your device's screen should have looked like this prior to clicking enter after typing "removeppsync".

Once that is complete, it is your choice whether to keep terminal and "Remove PPSync" or remove them. I'd suggest to keep them both as you may need terminal again and Remove PPSync may need to stay on there to make sure it's gone. But probably not.

After this, you can now enjoy your newly freed iOS 7.1.1 device! Congratulations! :)

So far, my jailbreak seems to be going well. I did notice some improvements between iOS 7.0.X and 7.1.1. Many users who updated like I did are saying that they're seeing a battery drain, while others aren't seeing that. Friends of mine who have been on 7.1.1 for some time say that they see better battery life than when on 7.0. This could be due to the jailbreak or the firmware or some jailbreak tweaks. No one is exactly sure. I've been jailbroken for a day now on the new firmware but I haven't had the device off of the charger for too long to be able to tell for myself. I had noticed huge battery drains previously, but this was due to some of the tweaks I had installed like one that allowed me to unlock the device by tapping the screen. Obviously drained because the screen was always on. Removing it and other tweaks did give me a better charge.

Let me know how the jailbreak has gone for you.

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