A jailbreak development team known as Evad3rs has made a great Christmas present to all iOS7 users by finally releasing its long-awaited untethered iOS 7 jailbreak on Sunday. It’s been about 94 days since iOS 7 was released, which is well ahead of what many anticipated the wait would be, since the iOS 6 jailbreak took 138 days to achieve.
“Merry Christmas! The iOS 7 jailbreak has been released at http://t.co/wblOSKyLah! All donations will go to @publicknowledge, @eff and @ffii,” @evad3rs said in a Twitter post Sunday.
The evasi0n7 jailbreak claims to work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through to 7.0.4. It can be performed with a simple software tool that can be downloaded from the team’s website. It takes 5 minutes to install via a USB cable connecting the user’s device to a computer running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
Upon release, the Evad3rs noted that software has already struck some hurdles, including incompatibility with some software offered in Cydia, which is developed by long-time iOS hacker Jay Freeman, also known as Saurik.
“Please always backup your phone before installing new tweaks from Cydia as your iPhone could be stuck in the boot process,” warned evad3rs. “The situation will improve as developers will update their software.”
Saurik reportedly gave the Evad3rs plenty of time to build in Cydia and sent them his latest build to try to ensure support, but they have issued the jailbreak without any guaranteed support for the largest alternative app store, or even testing Cydia to see if it will work. Many users on Twitter and Reddit report that Cydia is not working as expected, leaving behind thousands of popular apps like Winterboard.
The Evad3rs have also been criticized for entering into a commercial partnership with the Chinese app store Taig. As part of the agreement, Taig comes bundled with the evasi0n7 jailbreak software for people who download it in China – in a similar way that Cydia is bundled with the jailbreak elsewhere in the world, reports the Telegraph.
In response to the backlash, Evad3rs disabled the default installation of Taig in the evasi0n jailbreak pending further investigations. The group claims that it only worked with Taig on the condition that the store didn’t include piracy, as evad3rs was hoping to improve the piracy situation in China by pre-loading a piracy-free app store.
“We don’t believe it’s right for developers to not get paid for their work. In our agreement with Taig, we contractually bind them to not have piracy in their store. This was an extremely important precondition of working with them,” the group said in a blog post.
“We are very upset that despite our agreement and review by their team, piracy was found in the store. It was not acceptable and they have been strenuously working to resolve the problem in good faith, and have removed all instances of it that we have brought to their attention.”
Apple is, of course, expected to eventually fix the exploits Evasi0n is using to jailbreak the company’s devices. The company has long recommended that users not jailbreak their device at the risk of security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, disruption of services, and the inability to apply future software updates.