Apple Releases iOS 7.1 Beta 1, 7.0.4 Utility to Likely Jailbreak 7.1This morning, Apple seeded the first beta iteration of iOS 7.1 to those who are registered through the company’s iOS Developer program. The update, which is available via Apple’s Developer Center, features a new build number: 11D5099e. Although it’s not certain at this point in time, it’s highly likely that 7.1 doesn’t patch the numerous vulnerabilities the evad3rs have discovered and are planning to implement into their upcoming UnTethered iOS 7 jailbreak utility – meaning said utility will likely jailbreak 7.1, in addition to 7.0.4 and previous versions of Apple’s latest major firmware release.
As stated in iOS 7.1′s release notes, the firmware corrects a few network issues, in addition to bugs that were unattended to in Apple’s recent 7.0.4 release, adds a new Yahoo logo and burst mode upload options for the Camera app and, finally, a toggle for a “dark keyboard” in the Accessibility portion of the Settings app.
Furthermore, famed hacker ih8sn0w shared a couple interesting tidbits about Apple’s latest beta release on Twitter – stating that the firmware is much more stable than Apple’s initial iOS 7 release and that the beta is set to expire on Monday, January 13, 2014.
Definitely seems like 7.1 would have been a more suitable 7.0 release. Starting to like 7 finally.
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) November 18, 2013
Although we don’t have much information on how 7.1 will affect jailbreaking at this particular moment, given that ih8sn0w was confident enough to update, it’s likely that 7.1 contains no real security flaw remedies. Moreover, considering the fact that the evad3rs haven’t publicized the vulnerabilities they plan on exploiting (since they have yet to release their forthcoming utility), Apple engineers theoretically have no clue which loopholes to close – it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
We’ll have additional details on how 7.1 may, or may not, influence the upcoming jailbreak in the days to come; stay tuned.
Update: World-renowned hacker MuscleNerd of the evad3rs recently echoed what we stated in this article. To summarize, although the first beta version of 7.1 doesn’t correct the vulnerabilities the evad3rs’ upcoming iOS 7 tool makes use of, it’s best if iDevice owners completely avoid 7.1 beta.
iOS betas often come out in rapid fire..its far safer for those awaiting iOS7 JB to avoid today’s 7.1b1 (they’re usually buggy anyway)
— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) November 18, 2013
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