Top Apple (AAPL) and iOS News of the Week: Pangu Mac Version Released, Black Friday and More

After a bumpy start, the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak is now secure and Team Pangu released the final, or close to final, version for both Mac and Windows last Sunday. iPhone and iPad users can now jailbreak any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1. It was also revealed that iOS 8.1.1 contains a patch that will break Pangu, so anyone considering jailbreaking should upgrade to iOS 8.1 before the next update is released. You can learn how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone using Mac OS X here or using Windows here.

Target Black Friday 2014

A new jailbreak also means developers are releasing new tweaks that take advantage of the features found in iOS 8. You can find a list of the latest noteworthy iOS 8 supported tweaks and JB apps in our weekly App Store and Cydia recap every Saturday.

Several retailers have released their Black Friday circulars early online. Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Staples are offering deals on Apple products including the iPhone, iPad and Beats accessories. Hit the links above to see a list of all the upcoming Apple-related Black Friday deals. Also don't forget, Black Friday begins on November 27 and will last all weekend for most retailers.

Accessory maker Griffin Technology is holding a holiday sale until December. Customers can save 15% site-wide at by using the promo code GIFTGUIDE at checkout.

The rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not be released until later in 2015 than originally expected, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Bloomberg said in August that the larger iPad would be released in "early 2015," but Ming-Chi Kuo believes production of the 12-inch tablet will be pushed back to the second quarter of 2015.

Apple responded to the malware named WireLurker that has been found infecting Macs and iOS devices primarily in China. The company told The Mac Observer:

"We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we've blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources."

You can learn how to check for the WireLuker malware here.

Sprint announced a new iPad leasing plan called "iPad for Life" for its customers. Sprint users can lease an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 for 24 months before deciding to purchase the device or trade it in for a newer model.

2K Games released the expansion XCOM: Enemy Within as a standalone app for iOS devices. The game is now available on the App Store for $12.99.


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