Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest iOS 7.1 firmware update -- along with its features and improvements -- brought fixes for the exploits that helped develop the Evasi0n7 untethered jailbreak tool for devices running iOS 7 through iOS 7.0.6.
Although iOS 7.1 kills Evasi0n7, it does not necessarily mean that jailbreak developers have stopped experimenting with the new firmware. iOS hacker Wincom posted a video on YouTube on Thursday, demonstrating an untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1 on a Verizon iPhone 4.
The two-and-half-minute-long video without narrations shows the untethered jailbreak running on the older, A4-powered iPhone 4, with the procedure starting with the boot-up process and ending with the operation of some of the key features of the phone, such as the dialer, Safari and Notification bar.
Although the Cydia app was absent in the video demonstration, a report from iPhone Hacks said that the missing Cydia icon is not surprising as Wincom himself hinted that the video was not meant to be released quite yet.
Check out the video here:
While an actual jailbreak solution could be far from release for the public, who have already upgraded their iPhone 4 units to iOS 7.1, Wincom’s achievement could encourage other jailbreak developers to keep working on a future iOS 7.1 jailbreak.
Check out the response from iOS hacker @iH8sn0w here:
@winocm does this mean I have to bust out my camera and shoot an untethered 7.1 A5 boot? :P
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) March 20, 2014
Users should note here that none of the prominent iOS hackers have confirmed that iOS 7.1 could be jailbroken on A5-, A6- or A7-powerd devices.
Pod2g, a member of evad3rs, recently said that his team is not working actively on an iOS 7.1 jailbreak. Instead, the hacker said that evad3rs is now focusing on the iOS 8, Apple’s upcoming major update to its mobile-operating platform.
“If one day, I find myself bored and can put enough time and energy into it, I have some ideas for how to make a 7.1 jailbreak ... depending on how it has been fixed and other external events,” Pod2g told International Digital Times in an interview.