The continued efforts to jailbreak iOS 8 since its original launch in September have been nothing short of exceptional, and up until now, every major version of iOS 8, barring iOS 8.1.3 and iOS 8.2, have been dealt with by either Pangu, PP or TaiG. The latter of these three Chinese jailbreak groups is hosting the Mobile Security Summit in Beijing on Friday, and with just a few hours to go until kick-off, we may finally be about to see an iOS 8.2 jailbreak.
It's not as if the MSS signals the first time that the cream of the jailbreaking crop have been gathered under the same roof. But with TaiG welcoming the likes of the Chronic-Dev Team, of greenpois0n fame, and JailbreakMe author Comex, it's one that iOS tweak fans have been keeping a very close eye on.
i0n1c, another recognizable face in jailbreaking circles, has speculated that TaiG could use the Mobile Security Summit as a launchpad for a new iOS 8.2 jailbreak. Given that i0n1c, real name Stefan Esser, has no apparent ties with TaiG, it's certainly possible that we're waiting in vain for an iOS 8.2 jailbreak at the MSS, but with so many knowledgeable experts in one place, it will make for a ceremonious release if TaiG does update its tool with iOS 8.2 support.
Should the TaiG team take care of iOS 8.2, it seems fairly possible that an iOS 8.1.3 jailbreak will also be a part of the deal. Ordinarily, it wouldn't make sense for anybody to stick with an older piece of software, and most would be encouraged to update to iOS 8.2 and subsequently jailbreak. However, the most recent public build seems inundated with issues ranging from battery retention to Mobile Safari bugs, and so if you are on iOS 8.1.3, we'd definitely encourage you to stick with what you have for now and wait to see what unfolds.
The fact that TaiG hasn't uttered a word on Twitter since iOS 8.2's public release -- besides to confirm and promote today's event -- could be construed as some kind of build-up to a major announcement. After all, the team did make it known before iOS 8.2's end user drop that it had exploits in place to jailbreak, and while Apple may have already patched them up and therefore foiled TaiG's efforts, we'll have a better idea of the state of play once the Mobile Security Summit has concluded.
Needless to say, if the MSS does spawn a new jailbreak, we will have the details on where you can download the tool as soon as it appears. Also, we'll outline step-by-step instructions to carry you through the entire process, so stick with our coverage to ensure that you don't miss anything important.
If an iOS 8.2 jailbreak is pushed, will you jump on it?