Those still sporting the older Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4 may still be able to run their iOS device jailbroken on the newly released iOS 7.1.1.
Italian iOS developer Andrea Bentivegna announced that his latest update to the Geeksn0w jailbreak launches on Friday, giving iPhone 4 users another chance to run custom tweaks, mods and software on their aging iOS device. The Geeksn0w jailbreak software developed by Bentivegna was originally released for the iPhone 4 after iOS 7.1 was released in March, as other developers began shifting their attention toward iOS 8.
As with the original release of the Geeksn0w jailbreak for iOS 7.1, this jailbreak release is semi-tethered, requiring users to connect their iPhone to a computer in order to return a device back to a jailbroken state after a restart or reboot. Unlike a tethered jailbreak, a phone jailbroken using Geeksn0w can still fall back to a non-jailbroken firmware mode should a computer with Geeksn0w not be available.
Jailbreak developers such the Evad3rs development team have shifted their attention toward iOS 8 as Apple’s June Worldwide Developer Conference approaches, leaving a void for those still looking to jailbreak their iOS 7.1.x device.
Unfortunately for owners of modern iOS 7.1.1 devices like the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, Geeksn0w continues to support only the iPhone 4, which was first released in 2010. Unlike newer iPhone models, the iPhone 4 contains an exploit, or permanent software bug, which allows developers to continue to run jailbreak software on the iPhone 4 in at least a “tethered” state.
While the Geeksn0w iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak only supports the iPhone 4, iOS users still running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.6 can still jailbreak their device using the Evasi0n 7 jailbreak developed by the Evad3rs team.
You can download the Geeksn0w iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak as soon as it's updated through the official Geeksn0w website.