Jailbreak for iOS 7 released, controversy follows

Google smartphone fans have always enjoyed a certain customizability that Apple does not support. For iPhone users who want more of an open-ended mobile experience, jailbreaking has become a means to avoid switching to Android. But while "unlocking" an iPhone can open it up to vast possibilities, one of the groups that develops this software came under scrutiny after pirated apps were discovered in an app store available through the jailbreak.

Jailbreaking is a great way to maximize the potential of Apple devices. While there were problems discovered within the most recent version of a popular jailbreaking software, the benefits of such a process – as well as the swift corrections being made to relatively minor issues – should keep people from being turned off by the idea altogether.

About jailbreaking
Despite being popular wildly popular, iPhones and iPads are somewhat restricted to the settings and apps that come standard on the device. But, according to Forbes contributor Anthony Leather, jailbreaking is "not far from hacking into your Apple product's software and opening it up for customization." A development group known as the Evad3rs is responsible for the most popular jailbreaking software, which is known as evasi0n. Obtaining it is as easy as visiting their website on a desktop or laptop computer, clicking on the free download, connecting the device via USB and following the instructions. Leather advises, however, that anyone trying this should back up and restore their iPhone or iPad before attempting, if only to facilitate a "clean install" by removing files and apps that could complicate the jailbreak process.

A successful installation will yield an app called Cydia, which serves as an app store in place of the official Apple one. This is also where all "tweaks and apps are stored," according to Leather.

Issues with this release
According to Tech Times contributor Alex Saltarin, the Chinese release of the most recent evasi0n software was marred by the inclusion of Taig, an alternative to Cydia that contained pirated versions of apps and leaked user information. The Evad3rs claim that they had no knowledge of pirated software in the app or the data loss and pulled Taig from the jailbreak shortly after the discovery. Forbes contributor Tim Worstall, however, said that despite the ethical implications of the access to pirated apps, these issues are nothing more than "the usual teething troubles of a new release." Given that the problems were limited to Chinese users and the information leaked was essentially of no consequence, Worstall is confident that the evasi0n update will recover from its rocky start.

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Marcelina Hardy

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