iOS 7 jailbreak developed
A jailbreak has been developed for Apple's latest mobile operating system, but there are a few issues that need ironing out
Hackers have released a jailbreak for Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, allowing iPhone and iPad users to download apps, extensions and themes that are not available through the official Apple App Store.
The evasi0n7 jailbreak, developed by a group known as evad3rs, claims to work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through to 7.0.4. 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.
However, the software has already struck some hurdles, including incompatibility with some software offered in Cydia, the preferred app store for jailbroken phones.
"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."
The evad3rs have also been criticised 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.
Taig has been found to contain a large number of pirated apps – something which evad3rs claims to be against.
"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."
The evad3rs have decided to disable the default installation of Taig pending an investigation into the piracy on the store.
Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad is not illegal, but Apple has warned that the practice "can violate the warranty". In the UK, circumventing DRM 9digital rights management) protection measures is legal for the purpose of interoperability but not copyright infringement.
"Jailbreaking your device eliminates security layers designed to protect your personal information and your iOS device. With this security removed from your iOS device, hackers may steal your personal information, damage your device, attack your network, or introduce malware, spyware or viruses," states Apple.
"It is also important to note that unauthorised modification of iOS is a violation of the iOS end-user software license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorised software."