CoolStar, a developer of the popular Electra jailbreak has announced the release date for the much-awaited Cydia for iOS 11. Earlier this week, iOS Developer, nullpixel, teased Cydia for iOS 11 running on iPhone X by sharing screenshots on Twitter. The release for Cydia on iOS 11 jailbreak is expected today, and it did actually rolling out to developers.
Now, the developer has issued a further announcement confirming that the initial RC1 release is for developers only. It’s admitted that CoolStar and his team have been working on fixing GNU, DPKG, and API in order to ensure that Cydia for iOS 11 jailbreak has the dependencies in place that it needs to function on those devices.
The latest iOS 11 update is iOS 11.3 beta and the theory was that CoolStar and his team would fix those dependencies, test out the functionality and the installation of Cydia, and then release an updated IPA to the community which would come complete with a functional – albeit modified – version of Cydia. With the release, part of the public may be delayed slightly.
Otherwise, CoolStar doesn’t want to release a version of Electra with Cydia installed until a number of high-profile developers have been given the opportunity to update their own tweaks and software. But it’s unlikely that you will be able to install paid jailbreak tweaks as purchases won’t be enabled until the official version of Cydia for iOS 11 has not been released by Saurik. And also, it is not clear if it will also include Cydia Substrate for iOS 11 as it would be required for the tweaks to work.
Electra RC1 will be a limited release to developers only initially. It will be made available to the public once core 3rd-party packages are updated (E.g. Filza and RocketBootstrap)
As of right now, all packages from saurik’s repo and many 3rd party Cydia packages that depends on daemons are broken on iOS 11. Hence the initial developer-only release while we get electratools set up and let 3rd parties update.
The aforementioned report seems like a smart strategy from the Electra developer, even if it does bring initial work to the community which was expecting an imminent release.
However, there hasn’t been any update on when Electra with Cydia bundle will now be released to the public. It would be quite a coup if coolstar releases Cydia before saurik. So kudus to CoolStar for patching Cydia to make it compatible with iOS 11.
If that happens the right way, then it is possible to install jailbreak tweaks and themes manually, Cydia for iOS 11 will make it a lot easier, and also enable jailbreakers to make the most of hacking their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
But, as always, we will be sure to keep you updated as and when any new information filters through to us.
(Source: @coolstarorg [Twitter])
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