YES! Jailbreak iPhone or iPad on iOS 8.3 / 8.2 -- untethered (if you trust TaiG)

TRANSLATION: Glorious People's Republic cyber-army pwns stupid westerners' iToys

Now you can jailbreak your iOS 8.3 or 8.2 iPhone or iPad. Are you ready to escape from Apple's pomaceous walled garden of parody-free, sexless, family friendliness? TaiG and saurik have delivered, so here are the best jailbreaking resources.

But do take care, lest you brick your shiny. Don't say you weren't warned.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers go gentle into that good night. Not to mention: Do not go gentle into that good night...

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Ben Lovejoy don't sound so joyful:

TaiG has released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.3. ... If you’re not yet running iOS 8.3, TaiG Pro allows you to perform the upgrade as part of the data backup process.

As always, jailbreaking is at your own risk and is something Apple frowns upon.  MORE

Antony Leather is a shoe-in: [You're fired -Ed.]

Why should you jailbreak your device? Put simply, I wouldn’t own an iPhone if I couldn’t jailbreak it. ... Apple remains fixed on locking down its devices, offering owners little by way of tweaking. [It] will give those Android fanboy friends of yours a little less to tease you about.

Apple will no doubt patch the jailbreak in the next release of iOS, so you only have a limited window.  MORE

But Paul Morris brings some bad news for MacOS users:

Now that the Chinese TaiG jailbreak team has released a Windows compatible’s time to get down and dirty.

If you run into any issues like Error 1101, 1102 or getting stuck at 20% or so, follow our full TaiG iOS 8.3 jailbreak troubleshooting guide.

Mac user? Follow the instructions here.  MORE

So it's at times like this that I repeat my standard advice:

Here are some top tips, learned from bitter experience. Ignore them at your peril:

Make sure you stop iTunes from automatically updating itself. ...
Plug your iDevice directly into a USB socket on your Mac or PC's case -- do not use a USB hub. ...
Use a genuine Apple USB cable, or a 3rd party cable that you know to be of good quality -- some cheapo cables can appear to work fine...but fail in subtle ways when jailbreaking. ...
Be patient -- some of the steps involved in jailbreaking an iPhone take longer than you might think. If it appears to have hung, it probably hasn't.

Take care; read and understand all the caveats, both here and in the linked pages -- lest you create an expensive brick. Neither I, nor Computerworld are responsible for anything you choose to do with your iDevice -- only you are.  MORE

Yep, Sankar and kirchoto illustrate why the version of iTunes is so important:

JB failed. It is doing data processing stuck at 20% , 3 times restarts and fails with error -1101.

Downgrade iTunes [to]

Thanks a lot. with, JB Success.  MORE

And Ross Woodruff contributes another excellent tip:

I...did a complete backup, then restored from scratch to 8.3. Jailbroke, and then did the restore through iTunes. Launched Cydia so it could prepare the filesystem. Once it was done, installed some...tweaks and apps.

That's always how I've done it: Backup, restore the device to factory, jailbreak, restore from backup.

Honestly this has been the most trouble-free post-jailbreak process I've ever dealt with.  MORE

Meanwhile, Junebug James snarks it up:

Next news story... Chinese hackers infiltrate hundreds of thousands of iPhones using jailbreak software to install backdoor.  MORE

And Finally...
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
[by Dylan Thomas, read by Sir Anthony Hopkins]

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