Home The iOS7 Jailbreak Is Here—But Beware

The iOS7 Jailbreak Is Here—But Beware

The Evasi0n team unexpectedly released its iOS 7 jailbreak over the weekend, accompanied by controversy, allegations of bad faith and, for some users, the unannounced inclusion of a Chinese app store that apparently contained pirated iOS apps.

See also: iOS 7: Is There Any Reason To Jailbreak Anymore?

Rumors flying across Twitter and on Reddit accused evad3rs, the team behind Evasi0n7, of taking money from TaiG, the Chinese app store in question. Additionally, prominent members of the jailbreak community were apparently blindsided by the weekend release of the Evasi0n jailbreak, including Jay Freeman (@saurik), creator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken iPhones and iPads.

Evad3rs, the team responsible for the jailbreak, released a statement expressing regret about the presence of pirated apps on TaiG and pledging that the Chinese app store would be pulled from the jailbreak if the piracy problem couldn’t be “resolved.” In a subsequent tweet, iOS security researcher and Evad3rs member Cyril Cattiaux (@pod2G) wrote that default installation of TaiG had been disabled pending further investigation.

The Evad3rs statement, however, acknowledged that the team had a financial interest in its jailbreak:

Yes, we have benefitted financially from our work, just as many others in the jailbreak community have, including tweak developers, repo owners, etc. Any jailbreak from us will always be free to the users but we believe we have a right to be compensated in an ethical way, just as any other developer.

While there are questions surrounding the jailbreak’s release, it is still available for download, albeit with reported bugs. It requires Windows, Mac OSX or Linux. 

It might, however, be prudent to hold off using Evasi0n7 until some of the dust clears. This Reddit thread provides up-to-date information from the jailbreak community with input from developers heard through Reddit and Twitter. 

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.