iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak on iPhone 5S/5C/5 forces Apple’s iOS 7.2 hand

Now that a successful iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak has been successfully demonstrated for iPhone 5S/5C/5 users, the jailbreak community has seen its plans thrown into upheaval and also forced Apple’s hand when it comes to its plans for the iOS 7.2 update. After team Evasi0n managed to jailbreak iOS 7 through version 7.0.6, Apple went out of its way to shut down those exploits in the iOS 7.1 release. Even as Cupertino shifts its attention toward iOS 8 development, it now has little choice but to shift renewed focus toward its iOS 7.2 plans.

With the first iOS 8 beta coming within weeks and the finalized release likely within the next three months, Apple had been in a position where it didn’t need to deliver an iOS 7.2 update unless it wanted to. Minor updates to the current iOS 7.1.1 would have undoubtedly been released one way or the other, but the likes of 7.1.2 will be mere bug fixes – and can easily be ignored by iPhone jailbreakers who are happy with their hacked version of 7.1.1. But if Apple wants to entice the tech geeks to give up their jailbreak, it’ll have to deliver an iOS 7.2 with features and enhancements that are tempting enough.

Is iOS 7.2 now a given? Or has Apple simply lost the iOS 7 jailbreak battle thanks to this new iOS 7.1.1 hack, with no real point in attempting to fight back ahead of the eventual iOS 8 release? Decisions loom this month for iPhone jailbreak users, jailbreak teams, and Apple itself.