Jailbreaking enables one to have the ability to enhance their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating systems. The doors that open with this new ability are allowing the removal of Apple restrictions imposed on the devices. One can install apps that are offered outside the official Apple realm. Cydia is one of the more popular options available that offers apps from outside the official realm.
The option to jailbreak was authorized in July, 2010 by the U.S. Library of Congress. It is an owner’s right to have the option of jailbreaking their device if they choose. Jailbreaking is similar to unlocking. The difference is unlocking allows owners to use their devices with carriers different than the one they were with at the time of purchase.
There are some things to keep in mind when jailbreaking a device, such as having the choice to use unauthorized Apple products in (in this case) iOS 7 Apple equipment. Like practically any other business that offers a product, Apple does not support this move. It would be similar to having a Volvo and putting a BMW engine in it. The warranty goes out the window, because the product is now something else. This means any protections, innovations, or software that stops working becomes the owner’s responsibility to repair. In addition, deciding to go to the Apple store for any advice is probably not the best idea.
On the other hand, any app that is annoying because it will not ever be used can be removed. An app that previously was not available if it is seen elsewhere can now be on one’s device. One might say this encourages more innovation, but anyone can create an app. The big difference is that the ability to offer creatively designed apps has a wider playing field. Keep in mind that even though the iOS 7 Jailbreak is out, now may not yet be the best time to use it.
The great part of this jailbreaking tool is that it can become live in five minutes. Available for all 7.0 to 7.0.4 versions of iOS devices, a “be careful” warning is attached. This morning Cydia creator Jay Freeman posted on Twitter that the jailbreak version they are offering is untested and is not official. After testing is concluded an update will be pushed by EvasiOn to update it. If one decides to install Jailbreak anyway, backing up files on iCloud or iTunes might be wise.
Part of the confusion is based on an agreement between EvasiOn and Taig that there would not be piracy in their store. Unfortunately, that part of the understanding was not held up by Taig. If things had run smoothly, jailbreak and the Taig App Store would’ve been partners offering a bundle to customers. EvasiOn is embarrassed and extremely apologetic for what has occurred. The Verge writer Kwame Opam states that Reddit users claim that the company EvasiOn is working with has a “Chinese cracked app store known as Taig” that it is running alongside a version of Cydia that is unofficial. Owners of iOS 7 devices know that the jailbreak is out, but now may not be the best time to use it.
By Dada Ra