I awoke this morning to the impromptu news that an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 has been released. I was initially excited and prepared to jailbreak my iPhone, but I eventually decided not to. An onslaught of drama following the jailbreak release, including news that there is pre-installed Chinese software that distributes pirated apps, has changed my mind for now. Ahead, I outline five reasons why you should hold off on jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch until further notice.
- MobileSubstrate is outdated - This core framework that is necessary for jailbreak tweaks such as SBSettings and Activator requires a new build that is tailored towards the iOS 7 jailbreak. Until the framework is updated by developer Jay Freeman (saurik), a myriad of jailbreak tweaks from Cydia will not function properly on iOS 7.
- Cydia is outdated - Jay Freeman is also the founder of Cydia, and the jailbreak package distributor will also need to be optimized for the iOS 7 jailbreak. Until then, you may experience bugs or crashes when installing or managing your jailbreak tweaks. An update could take a few days at the least.
- Tweaks are outdated – Even when a new build of MobileSubstrate is pushed out, most jailbreak tweaks will require updates to be both functionally and aesthetically compatible with iOS 7. As was the case when the iOS 6 jailbreak was released, it will require several weeks for the majority of tweaks to be updated.
- iOS 7.1 - The jailbreak released today is for devices running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4, yet Apple has already seeded beta versions of iOS 7.1 to developers for testing. That means we’ll be seeing a public release of iOS 7.1 in the foreseeable future, and it is unknown if evasi0n7 will be capable of jailbreaking that version.
- TaiG - The team of developers behind the iOS 7 jailbreak, known as the “evad3rs,” have partnered with Chinese group “360″ to bundle its Chinese-language Cydia alternative TaiG with Evasi0n7. There are concerns that the app, also called 太极助手, may be tracking private information from users. Moreover, the platform is said to distribute pirated apps.