The Evad3rs have finally released the highly-anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 dubbed as "evasi0n7", following a long wait of three months since the release of the iOS 7. Such a sudden and unexpected release of evasi0n7 has put the jailbreak community in a quandary, while questioning the stability of its release due to lack of prior announcement.
The internet is abuzz with news of several concrete reasons for the sudden release of the iOS 7 untethered jailbreak. IBTimes UK sheds light on the top reasons why evad3rs released evasi0n7 unexpectedly.
Preserve Existing Exploits for Future iOS 7 Jailbreak Releases
The Evad3rs have used only a few exploits in their evasi0n7 untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 in order to preserve other existing exploits for future jailbreak releases such as iOS 7.1. In other words, the evad3rs are trying to prevent Apple from patching up all known exploits that could accidentally surface through jailbreak releases from third-party entities.
Pressure from Jailbreak Community on Evad3rs
The Evad3rs have been under constant pressure for an imminent release of iOS 7 jailbreak, given the long wait of more than three months in the development of the jailbreak. In addition, the inherent pressure of fan expectations to not let anyone else take the credit for releasing the jailbreak first seems to have forced the world's leading jailbreak team into hurrying the release.
Parts of iOS 7 Jailbreak Stolen from Evad3rs
Quite surprisingly, earlier rumours about parts of the iOS 7 jailbreak being stolen from the evad3rs by a third-party entity have indeed turned out true. Though pod2g had earlier rubbished claims of stolen jailbreak in his Twitter response to i0n1c, it was later ascertained through a leaked audio recording that the popular hacker, Geohot, was actually in talks with a Chinese entity known as TaiG.
TaiG was then eager to buy Geohot's near complete iOS 7 jailbreak at a lower price (around $1,000,000) than what the evad3rs could offer. The Evad3rs were left with no choice but to hurriedly release the impending jailbreak just to secure the deal with TaiG. Geohot later confirmed that the sale actually was never going to happen, thanks to consultation with his lawyers.
With rising concerns of privacy and piracy issues over the installation of TaiG's apps (which included pirated Cydia software as well as cracked apps in its default repos) with the iOS 7 jailbreak, the evad3rs finally decided to remove TaiG from evasi0n7, before actually releasing it.
Beat Saurik and Geohot in the Race to Release Jailbreak First
With TaiG out of the way, the Evad3rs still faced the threat of being overtaken by other jailbreak teams in their race to release the iOS 7 jailbreak first. The ignominy of an impending defeat actually forced the Evad3rs to outsmart the rest with an unannounced and unexpected release for evasi0n7.
No Early Access for Developer Testing
With three independent parties (Saurik, Geohot and Evad3rs) in the hunt for the elusive iOS 7 jailbreak release, the secrecy over their jailbreak development took precedence, preventing an early access to developer testing. With each of the three parties working among themselves, there was no chance to test apps and tweaks for the new jailbreak and hence it helped the evad3rs to push an early, unbaked public release of the iOS 7 jailbreak.
Here is a brief synopsis of what the Evad3rs stated in their letter while describing the events leading up to the early jailbreak release for iOS 7:
"Many of you have also wondered why this jailbreak was released without Cydia and MobileSubstrate being updated for iOS 7. After we received the offer from Taig, we informed Saurik, our friend, of our decision to accept the offer. SaurikIT had been in talks with Chinese companies regarding potential partnerships, made a counteroffer. We believe they share our views on how a relationship with companies in China currently utilizing jailbreaking might benefit everyone in the community. Unfortunately, the negotiations did not work out. A few days later, we received information that SaurikIT was working with another group to release a jailbreak ahead of us. 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."