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iOS 7 jailbreak is finally here but lands in a soup

So, I got no lead time on evasi0n7, nor was I asked for an official iOS 7 Cydia; I was not given builds, nor was I asked for things to test.


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It has been nearly three months since Apple released iOS 7 and since then a sizeable number people have been waiting for developers (especially Evad3rs) to release a jailbreak and free their devices from Apple’s strict rules and policies. This morning the aforementioned team of jailbreakers finally announced the release of evasi0n7 for devices running on iOS 7 and above. But unlike last year, the announcement has been followed by rumors, controversies and accusations that has the Internet buzzing all day. Also Read - TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.3 now available, here’s how to get it

The controversies began when team Evad3rs suddenly announced the availability of an untethered version of evasi0N7 (via 9To5Mac), which took users and developers including Jay Freeman aka Saurik — creator of the Cydia — by surprise. Though the installation was a breeze, users noticed a lot of bugs and the updated jailbreak felt like a rush job. In fact, Freeman couldn’t test many of his apps on the latest software, and found his build of Substrate to be incompatible with evasi0n7. Also Read - Several Google Nexus 5 handsets riddled with bugs after Android 5.0 Lollipop update

iDownloadBlog seems to have some answers for why Evad3rs might have rushed the release. It says that the team was threatened by a couple of other jailbreaking teams including ‘Geohot’, which were close to releasing releasing their own version of a iOS7 jailbreak and in the process take all the credit. They would also take advantage of various iOS 7 vulnerabilities Evad3rs wanted to use for their own jailbreak. This prompted the team to rush their date of release.

The controversies continued when users with Mandarin as their default language noticed that instead of Cydia, they got an App Store called Taig (pronounced Taiji). This sparked rumors (via Reddit) that Evad3rs had entered into a deal worth $1 million, wherein the Chinese company, through its App Store, could get access to user’s personal details. The fact that the Chinese marketplace was full of buggy and pirated apps didn’t help either.

To allay the fears and answer all the burning questions, the Evad3rs team finally released a statement sometime back on their website. It came clear on Taig being a company with whom it had struck a deal (“ethically” it adds) to include the Chinese App Store, but it was in no way compromising anyone’s security. It also added that one still had the option to uninstall and then get back Cydia.

It also revealed the reason behind MobileSubstrate and Cydia not being compatible with evasi0n7 saying;

“After we received the offer from Taig, we informed Saurik, our friend, of our decision to accept the offer. Saurik had been in talks with Chinese companies regarding potential partnerships, made a counteroffer. We believe they share our views on how a relationship with companies in China currently utilizing jailbreaking might benefit everyone in the community. Unfortunately, the negotiations did not work out. A few days later, we received information that Saurik was working with another group to release a jailbreak ahead of us. We decided to release, knowing that Cydia, MobileSubstrate, and jailbreak tweaks would be updated after a few days, just as it always has in the course of jailbreaking.”

You can download evasi0n7 here, but we would advise you to hold off for now, till these bugs and controversies are sorted.

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  • Published Date: December 23, 2013 6:04 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 23, 2013 6:39 PM IST

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