iOS 7 Jailbreak Status: What’s Done And Why a Release Date is Unknown
The iOS 7 jailbreak is in the works with progress coming from Planetbeing and other members of the Evad3rs jailbreak team who recently spoke about iOS security at a security conference in Kuala Lampur and took time to share a status update for the iOS 7 jailbreak, which is likely to be the first iPhone 5s jailbreak.
Earlier this month Planetbeing announced that the team may have all of the pieces of the iOS 7 jailbreak, which is great news for users hoping to free iOS 7 from the shackles of Apple’s App Store, but Evad3rs team member pod2g cautioned that the iOS 7 jailbreak release date is not coming next week. Sure enough, two weeks later there is no iOS 7 jailbreak.
While there is no iOS 7 jailbreak yet, Cammy Harbison of iDesignTimes scores a collection of important details about the iOS 7 jailbreak progress direct from Planetbeing, and best of all it is not in cryptic Tweets.
The interview sheds light on what is happening and what the team accomplished in the short time since the iOS 7 update arrived, as well as what still needs done before users will realistically see an iOS 7 jailbreak.
The iOS 7 Jailbreak for iPhone 5s & More
The iOS 7 jailbreak that the Evad3rs are working on should work for all modern iOS 7 devices, including the iPhone 5s. This is also good news for users hoping the iOS 7 jailbreak will work on the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 which may use the same A7 64 bit processor.
Planetbeing states, “I’m sure it’ll be for all devices.” in response to whether or not the iPhone 5s A7 processor would be an issue. This means that the iOS 7 jailbreak will very likely support the following devices at release.
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 4
- iPad mini
- iPad mini 2
- iPad 2
- iPad 3
- iPad 4
- iPad 5
Keep in mind this list is based on the “all devices” statement but does not come directly from the Evad3rs. If the team is able to pull this off it would be a big win for consumers who want to install apps that Apple does not approve.
Too Early to think about an iOS 7 Release Date
The IOS 7 jailbreak pieces are coming together, but at this point the actual release date is not something the team is thinking about. While they may have all the pieces in mind, there is still writing and testing to be done. Planetbeing sates,
“We don’t have a real proof-of-concept finished. I just believe we have all the individual pieces we need, but they haven’t been written/tested. They just mostly exist in our head right now as a plan. It’s too early to worry about actual release date issues yet since we have no idea what kind of implementation challenges we might run into that might significantly skew the schedule. I was just saying that I think it should be possible to release a jailbreak eventually at least.”
With the last jailbreak we saw progress come in bursts with photos showing the jailbreak on various devices and once the process is complete, the team still needs to make a user-friendly iOS 7 jailbreak tool and test the process on a larger scale.
Plan for an Untethered iOS 7 Jailbreak
The iOS 7 jailbreak for the iPhone 4 is available right now, but it is a tethered jailbreak that offers limited functionality. It sounds like the Evad3rs are planning an untethered iOS 7 jailbreak, which is more beneficial to the average jailbreak user.
A tethered jailbreak requires the iPhone or iPad be connected to a computer when it reboots. This means the user needs a computer nearby if the battery dies or if there is another issue that forces the phone to restart. The untethered jailbreak, which is what the Evad3rs released for iOS 6.1, lets users reboot as needed.
Cydia for iOS 7 is Broken
Even if the iOS 7 jailbreak arrived tomorrow, there would be little that user could do as Cydia is not working on iOS 7 at this time. It looks like there is some success on porting Cydia to iOS 7, but it’s not complete for the average user yet.
Current iOS 7 tethered jailbreak patches don't yet support Substrate; developers can Cycript the Simulator if needed. http://t.co/NpSn3z2QBd
— Jay Freeman (saurik) (@saurik) October 4, 2013
Once Cydia is on iOS 7, we’ll also need to wait for iOS 7 jailbreak apps to arrive and iOS 7 Cydia tweaks to come from jailbreak developers.
With new iPads coming next week and rumors of a fast iOS 7.0.3 update or even a quicker than normal iOS 7.1 update release, there are a lot of moving parts for the jailbreak, but users should take solace in the progress made in a relatively short time.