Over the weekend the internet came alive with news of evasi0n releasing their untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 devices. The news hasn’t come without its controversies as an included Chinese App store, called TaiG, turned out to have a lot of pirated Apps available to download. In fairness to evasi0n, they have been quick to respond and are said to be working with Taig to remove the pirated material. You can read their response here which also gives some background into why TaiG is being included in the first place.
The jailbreak also seems to have been somewhat rushed out as it was expected that a competitor was just about to release a “paid for” jailbreak prompting evasi0n to release their free method ahead of time.
With all that said, if you are eager to get in on some of the jailbreaking action and are happy to accept the associated risks with an initial release and jailbreaking in general, you can head over to their site now on this link and follow the instructions.
- A computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.6 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64)
- iTunes installed if you’re running Windows
- An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version)
- A USB cable to connect the device to the computer
Some important info to keep in mind:
- Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you’ll always be able to recover your data.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
- If the process gets stuck somewhere, it’s safe to restart the program, reboot the device (if necessary by holding down Power and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process.
- If you get an error on OS X 10.8 saying that evasi0n can’t be opened, control-click (or right-click) the app and on the revealed context menu, choose ‘Open.’ On the ensuing dialogue box, choose ‘Open’ as well.
- Warning! Over The Air updates of iOS 7 are known to create an issue and make the jailbreak fail. Some devices are then stuck on the Apple Boot Logo. Until we fix that, please restore your device to 7.0.4. with iTunes first.
- Warning! Many Cydia tweaks are not yet compatible with iOS 7. Please always backup your phone before installing new tweaks from Cydia as your iPhone could be stuck in the boot process. The situation will improve as developers will update their software.