Thanks to new developers in China, "Pangu" will finally free your Apple devices running the 7.1.1 operating system. Even though the crew has not previously offered a jailbreak, they built it on the developments of well known security expert Stefan Esser.
Apparently, the Pangu team participated in some training Esser offered (there's a shoutout to his Twitter handle, @i0n1c, on the download page) and then took what they learned to develop the jailbreak. Esser was not pleased, and took to Twitter to express his frustrations, "if pangu team releases a public jailbreak with vulnerabilities disclosed to them during my training I consider this in no way okay." Esser took it one step further, saying the Pangu installation included malware.
When a security expert says the word "malware," it's a pretty serious allegation. In this case, developers, technology reporters, other security experts and regular Apple users began testing the Pangu jailbreak on dummy devices. Thus far, the installation has been safe and no malicious malware has been reported. I tried the jailbreak an older iPad I don't regularly use, and everything went swimmingly.
Note: proceed at your own risk. I have personally tested this jailbreak and while my break in was successful, please understand that you are about to void your warranty. If anything goes terribly wrong, Apple won't help you. That being said, this jailbreak has been confirmed as safe by a number of guinea pigs.
So here's how to jailbreak your device with Pangu (I personally learned to jailbreak my device through the awesome people at Redmond Pie):
1. Prepare your device.
Back up your device and then restore it in iTunes.
2. Download Pangu.
You must be on a Windows machine to do this, the Mac OS version is not yet available.
3. Run the Pangu jailbreak.
Be sure to uncheck the box highlighted here in red. If you don't do that, it will install a piracy app store on your device. So unless you're into that kind of thing, uncheck it before you proceed:
4. Click on the black "????"
You will now be prompted to change the time and date on your device (a little settings symbol will appear.)
5. Change the time/date.
To get there on your iOS device, go to Settings, then General. Select Date & Time. You must set the date as June 2nd and the time as 8:30 PM (20:30 on 24-Hour Time)
6. Select the Pangu icon on your home screen.
You will see a pop up asking if you want to continue. Press continue. The Pangu app will run and your device will restart.
7. After the restart, press the Pangu icon again.
Your device will turn off again. You might see a 'Storage Full' message, as some jailbreakers have reported. Ignore this and let it restart.
8. Select the Cydia icon on your home screen.
You will see a black screen saying "Preparing Filesystem." Your device will restart once more.
9. Select the Cydia icon again after the restart.
You will see a "Welcome to Cydia" message on the top of your screen. You can confirm that the jailbreak was successful on the bottom of the screen, which should read your device/generation, then iOS 7.1.1 and Cydia 1.1.12 (en-us).
10. Yay! You're done.
I recommend having a snack and taking a nap. You just did a lot of tech stuff. Treat yoself.
If you're looking for a video tutorial, this one from iCrackUriDevice is great:
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.