Monday, April 27, 2015

Apple Releases iOS 8.2 for Apple iWatch via OTA Update

The official iOS 8.2 for iPhone launched in March was recently updated to support Apple Watch. You can now save SHSH blobs for 8.2, 8.3 and even downgrade iOS 8.3 to 8.2. You can also download iOS 8.2 for Apple iWatch. This is the first wearable firmware released and it came just in time for the device’s official launch.

As experts note Apple Watch iOS 8.2 firmware is available via OTA update. What do we know about this update?


Firstly, this is a modified version of the company’s mobile firmware because it is meant for the smallest and most personal device, the Watch. It looks like one version supports 38mm smartwatches [that come with prefix Watch1,1] and the other one is meant for 42mm devices [that have Watch1,2 prefix].

As developers report this Apple Watch iOS 8.2 firmware is similar to other iOS 8.2 versions however it has no SpringBoard and instead offers Carousel launcher. It also gets the special PowerVR SGX543 driver, the same one used in iPhone 4S and iPad 2 models in A5 processor. Such information was shared by Steve Troughton-Smith who is a known Cydia unofficial app store dev.

If you wish to install this smartwatch operating system you have to use iOS 8.2 OTA update. Note that the firmware file is over 100MB. This is not that much compared to the storage offered by Apple. The company released its wearables with 8GB of storage space. It might not be that much if comparing to the iPhone and iPad default storage, but this is what is available at the moment.

Can it be possible to jailbreak iOS 8.2 Apple Watch? Hackers haven’t released any tools for this yet. Besides, it is impossible to jailbreak 8.2 iPhone and no one can tell when exactly the jailbreaking community might see the untether or tether program because Apple patched all the exploits used by TaiG and PP Jailbreak.

At the same time there is a way how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 beta 1 iPhone so users keep their fingers crossed in hopes to see the public exploits launch sometime this year.

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