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Bundling of Chinese app store in new iOS 7 untethered jailbreak sparks controversy

Lucian Constantin | Jan. 2, 2014
Evasi0n7, the first untethered jailbreak for iOS 7, contains an installer for a Chinese alternative app store called Taig.

If the issue cannot be resolved, Taig will be removed from the jailbreak, the evad3rs team said in its letter.

Evad3rs team member pod2g later said on Twitter that the default installation of Taig in China has been remotely disabled until the piracy issue is further investigated.

As for not bundling Cydia, the team said it had discussed other possible partnerships with Cydia's creator, Jay Freeman, but that those negotiations failed. Freeman is known in the community as Saurik, and his company is SaurikIT.

"A few days later, we received information that SaurikIT was working with another group to release a jailbreak ahead of us," evad3rs said. "We decided to release, knowing that Cydia, MobileSubstrate, and jailbreak tweaks would be updated after a few days, just as it always has in the course of jailbreaking."

Freeman confirmed on Twitter that someone else had approached him with a potential jailbreak, "the goal being to get a non-piracy-laden jailbreak out."

"I knew about TaiG 2 months ago: I warned evad3rs it was sketchy, told them there would be piracy, and tried to find them a better deal," Freeman said.

"Also, I am not part of @evad3rs: they made that very clear to me," he said. "They never told me anything about their exploit. Should I not help others?"

Freeman claims that he was not given proper lead time on the release of evasi0n7 so he could develop a version of Cydia that works with iOS 7 and the new jailbreak. "I was not given builds, nor was I asked for things to test."

Evad3rs did not disclose the amount of money they received to bundle Taig with their jailbreak.

"Yes, we have benefitted financially from our work, just as many others in the jailbreak community have, including tweak developers, repo owners, etc," the team said. "Any jailbreak from us will always be free to the users but we believe we have a right to be compensated in an ethical way, just as any other developer."

 

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