Popular jailbreaker Stefan Esser has used his @i0n1c Twitter account to reveal to his 100,000-plus followers that he’s managed to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1 on his iPhone 5S. While such claims have come fast and furious since the release of iOS 7.1 earlier this year, they’ve turned out to be hoaxes. Esser, however, is a respected member of the community – and he’s posted a video on YouTube documenting his process so that other hackers can do the same.
Up to now, the only reliable jailbreak available for iOS 7, from the evasi0n7 team, has topped out at 7.0.6. That’s prevented jailbreakers from installing the iOS 7.1 update, which includes new minor features and interface tweaks, or the subsequent 7.1.1 bug fix update. But Esser appears to have turned the jailbreaking world on its ear by cracking Apple’s latest update while it’s still the latest update. Jailbreakers made fairly quick work of iOS 7.0 when it was first released on the iPhone 5S and 5C last fall, taking less time to crack it than iOS 6 has taken the year before. But the iOS 7.1 update closed off the exploits that teams like Evasion had been using, sending them back to square one.
So is Stefan Esser’s iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak hack for the iPhone 5S legitimate? Is he the first to break down Apple’s iOS 7.1 anti-jailbreak walls? And how will other jailbreak teams react? Judge for yourself by watching his iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak video.