Is iOS 7 jailbroken yet (.com)? The answer to that question is still “no.” Various people are actively working on exploiting both the latest OS and the latest devices, but no major progress has been shared. With many questioning whether the jailbreak community will ever rise again, a new group hopes to kickstart the hack in a new way.
Crowdsourcing has become synonymous with the likes of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, where projects go to find the infusion of cash that ultimately brings them to live. The benefits are tangible in many ways: projects receive cash, yes, but they also receive customers with a vested interest in their success.
A new group hopes to do something similar for the jailbreak community.
It’s simple. The latest Apple devices and software aren’t jailbroken. Many people want a jailbreak. Hacking the software is hard, and requires people with a specific set of skills. These people want compensation for their time, just like anyone else who does a job would.
IsiOS7JailbrokenYet.com (henceforth known as “iOS7JY.com”) is a campaign by notable members of the industry to offer these people that compensation. The judges — those who decide whether or not a jailbreak qualifies for the cash prize — are as follows:
Those are some big and notable names. And, according to them, they’re doing it for the right reasons:
We strongly believe that users should have the freedom to control their devices. We wanted an open source jailbreak for iOS 7, giving users the capability to install what they want on their own devices and the ability to audit the code they’re using to do so. Jailbreaking is also critical to ensuring that the disabled are able to use their mobile devices as easily as possible. So we started a prize for the first people who can do it.
Those interested in claiming the prize must meet certain criteria, as judged by the above experts. The requirements are what most would expect, and typically adhere to the precedents set by past jailbreaks:
The jailbreak must:
- - Work for iPhones (including 4S, 5, 5c, 5s) running iOS 7.
- - Support the latest current version of iOS (7.04).
- - Be untethered and accessible to the average user.
- - Be publicly released and available free of charge.
- - Be released under one of the OSI-approved licenses.
As of this writing, the prize is up to $7195 USD. I have watched the page for the past few days, and the prize is climbing — though not at a particularly fast rate. Let’s see if that can be changed.
The prize will continue to climb for 18 months. At the end of that period, those who have contributed will be contacted with directions to receive a refund.
There has been some controversy surrounding this project.
First off, the not-so-controversial subject. Not all of the prize will go to the winner. As per their terms,
The contributions will be split as follows: 90% of the prize fund will be paid out to the winning submission. 10% will go toward payment processing (2.9% + 30¢ for credit cards), Threshold platform fees (5%), and donations to EFF and Public Knowledge(remainder).
In other words, most of your donation will go to the prize and other fees, but whatever is left after the payment processing will be donated to the EFF and Public Knowledge organizations. Not necessarily bad in any way, but still — the more you know.
More interesting is the response it has garnered from long-time iOS hacker Saurik, the man behind Cydia and various other iOS jailbreak staples.
In a recent Reddit thread, Saurik had the following to say: