The first jailbreak for iOS 7 has landed, but not without a bit of drama.
The "evasi0n" jailbreak for iOS 7 arrived on Sunday, bringing with it the Taig app store for Chinese language users. Unfortunately, as some developers pointed out, Taig is a haven for pirated software, and its inclusion didn't sit well with the jailbreak community.
Why include Taig in the first place? The store was reportedly offering big payouts--$150,000 or more, according to developer Will "chronic" Strafach--to hackers who pre-installed the store.
In response to the backlash, evad3rs disabled the default installation of Taig in the evasi0n jailbreak pending further investigations. The group claims that it only worked with Taig on the condition that the store didn't include piracy, as evad3rs was hoping to improve the piracy situation in China by pre-loading a piracy-free app store.
"We are very upset that despite our agreement and review by their team, piracy was found in the store," evad3rs wrote in a letter on its website. The group is still trying to resolve this issue, but has removed disabled the automatic installation of the Taig app for Chinese users in the meantime.
In addition, to make matters slightly more complicated, evasi0n's iOS 7 jailbreak does not ship with and is not yet fully compatible with the popular Cydia app store. In the letter, evad3rs acknowledges that it went ahead with releasing evasi0n despite Cydia not yet being updated for iOS, claiming that Jay "saurik" Freeman--who runs the Cydia store--was working with another group on a separate jailbreak; it suggests that evad3rs was willing to sacrifice full compatibility in order to release its jailbreak first.
An update to Cydia will likely be released in the coming days; that said, for the average user interested in jailbreaking, it may be best to wait until the community has settled its affairs and everything is properly updated. But despite those caveats, if you're still itching to download evasi0n, you can do so by visiting the evasi0n website with your Mac or PC.
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