iOS 8.1 Jailbreak Update: Passcode boot loop fixed

Previously we blogged about how the jailbreak is becoming more stable on iOS8 (Full article here)

Today we have more good news and there is another exciting update regarding the iOS 8.1 jailbreak as the Cydia installer has been updated to fix a bunch of issues most importantly the Passcode and Touch ID problems causing a boot loop.

The screenshot below shows the complete list of changes:

Changes in Cydia 1.1.15


Changes in Cydia 1.1.15

iOS 8 Passcode Compatibility

Cydia no longer causes your device to lock up while booting on iOS 8 when you use a passcode. We recommend you use a passcode for security. (Under Settings, go to “Touch ID & Passcode”, and “Turn Passcode On”.)

If you have installed unsupported stashing modifications, you may want to restore and jailbreak again, instead of directly installing this update (those modifications are unsupported).

Multitasking Support on iOS 8

Cydia now backgrounds almost like a regular application (but only on iOS 8). This has been a major architectural change: please alert us to any issues.

This allows you to switch back/forth between Cydia and other applications (such as Safari, or the Google two-factor authentication app) without losing your package selection state.

New Window and Hijack Blocking

One of the biggest complaints about Cydia in the last year has been a new kind of ad seen on some repositories: a sudden redirect to the App Store.

Cydia now blocks “popups” and asks the user before opening the App Store.

Partial iPhone 6 Plus Support

Cydia supports rotation on the iPhone 6 Plus and has a new @3x icon and tabbar. Cydia renders at the native resolution on both the 6 and 6 Plus.

Videos Work Again (on iOS 7.1-8.1)

Cydia on iOS 7.1 had an issue where playing video would cause the device to “lock up”. This bug has finally been fixed! The new iOS 8 video issue (a YouTube error message) is also fixed.

Localization Works Now on iOS 8

Users of Cydia 1.1.13 (only available via a manual installation process) may have noticed Cydia only displayed in English :(. This has been fixed! Yay!

Queue Status is “Less Incorrect”

Sometimes Cydia would not have packages queued but claim it did, or would have packages queued and claim it did not; this happens less ;P.

Known Issues Specific to iOS 8

When installing packages that put icons on SpringBoard, the icons may not appear. Rebooting might make them appear. This is because our “uicache” tool, which refreshes icons, has not yet been updated for iOS 8.

We are working on this, and a fix will come later as part of the UIKit Tools package as soon as we can manage.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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2 Responses to iOS 8.1 Jailbreak Update: Passcode boot loop fixed

  1. sam says:

    I am on iOS9 – any advice on jailbreaking this version? Im hesitant to do it incase my phone rejects it and I have to spend 3 hours restoring.

    • Depends on which level of iOS9 you are on.

      If you are on 9.0 to 9.02 then you can jailbreak using the latest pangu tool. Otherwise, you are stuck without a jailbreak until they or the Taig team releases a new jailbreak.

      One key thing to note if you ARE going to jailbreak is that if something goes wrong and you have to restore, you will be forced to upgrade/install the latest signed iOS9 version by Apple (9.2).

      As far as advise goes, I would suggest the following:
      – Take a backup of all your data including Photos, files, messages, etc… (Itunes or iCloud backups are also acceptable)
      – Clean your iPhone as much as possible and only the critical app and photos as the more free space you have, the higher your chances of a successful and stable jailbreak
      – As with all Jailbreaks there are a few compromises in stability, battery life, and performance. This really depends on your usage and how many Cydia tweaks you plan on installing as well as which iPhone you have (you would barely feel the effects on the new iPhone 6S since it has decent processing power and memory)

      Let me know how you will proceed, also feel to reach out to me on twitter or here if you have any more questions.

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