For anyone who wants to open up the latest version of Apple’s iOS for a little exploration (as well as the downloading of apps not available in the official App Store), Evasi0n has released a jailbreak for iOS 7.
The group claims that their jailbreak (available for Windows XP and up, as well as Mac OS X 10.6 and up) supports iOS 7.0 through iOS 7.4, and takes five minutes to install. (It requires iTunes, naturally.) But the Evasi0n homepage also offered some warnings for anyone who wants to bust open their device’s OS.
“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.”
Of course, anyone jailbreaking their device would do well to perform a backup to iCloud or iTunes before proceeding—and remember that Apple itself frowns on jailbreaks, claiming that it results in security vulnerabilities, instability, shorter battery life, disruption of various third-party services, and the inability to receive future updates.
“It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of the iOS end-user software license agreement,” the company notes in a FAQ on the matter, “and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”
But for some people, the allure of cracking open their device—and installing some non-App Store apps—could prove too great.