The Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 that was released on Monday
was followed with a lot of cheers from the jailbreak community, but there are some pros and cons to the fact that the jailbreak was even released.
1. iPhone 4 Jailbroken for Life?
One of the good things we can attribute to this jailbreak is that the iPhone 4 is technically jailbroken for life. We're expecting a release of iOS 7.1.2 in the near future
to fix some problems with iOS in its current state, but Pangu is reportedly already ready for iOS 7.1.2 and should be able to jailbreak that firmware out of the box, or with a minor update. This is expected to be one of, if not THE last iOS 7 firmware before iOS 8 is released this Fall. The iPhone 4 won't be able to run iOS 8, so it's stuck on iOS 7 forever.
With the iPhone 4 being jailbroken for life, those with the device will no longer have to worry about updates breaking their valued jailbreaks, and they will be able to restore and re-jailbreak any time at their own leisure. This means that the iPhone 4 makes a great tweak testing device, because when things go wrong, you actually will be able to restore without any consequence.
2. New Device Buyers Have a Jailbreak
Another great thing we have to thank Pangu for is those buying new devices with iOS 7.1.2 on them that don't have the ability to downgrade to iOS 7.0.6 or earlier can now have a jailbreak. If you go out and buy a device in a store right now, there is a slight, but slim, chance that it'll come with a jailbreakable firmware. It's more likely if you're buying from a smaller store that doesn't re-stock often.
It's also great for those that have to take their broken devices to an Apple Store and they replace it with a new device that is running a new firmware that cannot be jailbroken. Nothing feels better than a brand new device out of the box with a nice jailbreak on it.
3. Those Who Accidentally Updated Now Have a Jailbreak
If you accidentally updated your device in the past and lost your jailbreak, or a tweak you installed caused such an epic fail that you needed to restore and update, then you now have a jailbreak.
Unfortunately, iTunes doesn't let you restore to the firmware you were just running, you have to restore AND update, so if you got stuck with updating, or you just clicked update by accident and walked away then came back to a fully updated and non-jailbroken device, then Pangu will be your life saver.
4. New Hackers Have Joined the Effort for Jailbreaking
We appreciate the time and effort of all of the hackers that have worked to bring us jailbreaks in the past, so we're not saying that we're happy there are new hackers working on jailbreaking to put them out of business, but with additional hackers working on the jailbreak scene, there is a potential for faster jailbreak releases and possibly better collaboration in the future.
The new jailbreak tool bring released by a number of unheard-of hackers shows us that jailbreaking is not dead and that there isn't only a single small group of hackers out there that are interested in keeping the tradition going.
1. More Exploits Used
Pangu is a nice luxury for us... right now. But when iOS 8 comes out to the public, there are now fewer exploits that could be used by hackers in the future because Apple is likely to patch the exploits used in the Pangu jailbreak by the time of the public release of iOS 8 this Fall.
This means the hackers that try hard to bring us jailbreaks will have to work even harder to come up with ways to jailbreak the new operating system when it's released, and this could delay progress.
2. Jailbreak Tweaks Were Not Ready
This could arguably be applied to any new jailbreak release, but usually we get a heads-up when someone starts working on a jailbreak, either by way of some kind of teaser, or some kind of warning that some progress has been successful. Pangu came out of nowhere and no one was ready for it. Many, if not most, jailbreak tweaks were not ready for iOS 7.1.1 because of all the changes in the operating system from iOS 7.0.x to iOS 7.1+.
This means that jailbreakers have to wait for compatibility for their favorite tweaks before Pangu even becomes useful to them.
3. Developers Must Now Spend Time Updating Tweaks Instead of Coming Up With New Ideas
What keeps the jailbreak community going 'round and 'round are the jailbreak tweaks, mods, and themes that developers make for us to use. When a new jailbreak comes out, developers have to rush to get all of their tweaks updated for the new jailbreak, and this takes away from the time that they could be using to work on new projects with ideas for improving on the iOS operating system even more.
Those using the iOS 7.1/iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak will be happy to get their old tweaks back on iOS 7.1.1, but those that are sticking with iOS 7.0.6 or earlier, or those that don't use any of the tweaks that are being updated will have to wait even longer until something cooler actually comes to see the light.
While there are some pros and cons to the new jailbreak, we are definitely happy to see another major release of iOS jailbroken for the public. This opens the doors for so many new iOS device buyers to join our community and enjoy the modifications that we've enjoyed for years. It also lets those of us that want to be on the most secure firmware to date have a stable jailbreak.
If you're considering jailbreaking your iOS 7.1, iOS 7.1.1, or in the future – your iOS 7.1.2 device, you should read our seven considerations
before going through with the jailbreak. If you've decided that you're gun-ho with the new jailbreak and you're ready to do it, then you can follow our guide at this link