How soon will an iOS 7 untethered jailbreak be released? Two weeks? One month? Six months? Just how much progress have the evad3rs actually made? Will it support all A5 + devices including iPhone 5s?
These questions and more have been buzzing around social media as just about a week ago @planetbeing tweeted his hopeful message that the Evad3rs may have all the pieces needed for the iOS 7 jailbreak.
We're still working hard on the jailbreak. May have all the pieces at this point (but not certain yet).
— planetbeing (@planetbeing) October 2, 2013
Of course for those awaiting an iOS 7 untethered jailbreak for their A5+ devices including iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, iPad 2, 3,4, and iPad Mini, this news seemed to say the jailbreak release would be very near. However, it didn't take long for teammates @pod2g and @pimskeks to chime in, somewhat curbing the enthusiasm of those who were looking on.
Again, and like usual, we can't give a release date for the iOS 7 jailbreak. We can run into different troubles... No idea.
— pod2g (@pod2g) October 4, 2013
While some speculated that the "Smiley" on the end of @Pod2g's tweet perhaps indicated that an iOS 7 jailbreak may only be a couple of weeks away, for others, the messages from all three evad3rs team mates were confusing, leaving many to wonder what exactly they meant. Did the guys have a release date in mind but just weren't sharing it yet? How close were they to finishing the iOS 7 untethered jailbreak? Would it be for all iOS devices including the iPhone 5S? Will updating to iOS 7.02 or above screw your chances of getting a jailbreak?
David Wang (@Planetbeing) Explains His Tweet
Since David was the one to get the ball of wax rolling, it was he I decided to ask for more details on the progress. When I asked him which devices he thought it might support or if the iPhone 5S chipset would pose any problems, he quickly replied, "I'm sure it'll be for all devices."
With that in mind I asked him about the timing of the release. As Cyril noted in an earlier conversation, the guys normally don't think about exact release dates until they have all parts put together on the jailbreak. David pretty much reconfirmed that as he gave this insight into where the iOS 7 jailbreak progress was right now.
"We don't have a real proof-of-concept finished. I just believe we have all the individual pieces we need, but they haven't been written/tested. They just mostly exist in our head right now as a plan. It's too early to worry about actual release date issues yet since we have no idea what kind of implementation challenges we might run into that might significantly skew the schedule. I was just saying that I think it should be possible to release a jailbreak eventually at least."
To that he added this somewhat humorous note:
"I think I'm still getting a hang of what to say to the community. They like to amplify it. For the last go around, because there was no news, people assumed there was NEVER going to be a jailbreak and all the hackers were lying in a pile defeated somewhere. Now I've said something positive, and people are assuming it'll be out in a few days."
I had to laugh when he said this because it's absolutely the truth. The wait for the iOS 6 evasi0n jailbreak was pretty agonizing - particularly the first 3 months as we heard very little from any of the Devs until around December. We know in some of the earliest jailbreaks many of them occurred within days on an iOS release and during the Corona and Rocky Raccoon jailbreaks, @pod2g was diligent in posting blog updates. But during iOS 6, everyone seemed a little silent. Cyril was working on building a new company, Nikias was having a baby, and overall no one was really saying much of anything. This go around though things have been different. We've seen each member of the Evad3rs tweet regularly that work was being done. Though this is my second go around watching a jailbreak in progress, it just seems so much more obvious that though "the road may be long" the guys are definitely on the path.
And there's plenty of time really. Though we might all wish the jailbreak would release tonight, it's not the only problem to be resolved on the jailbreak front. For example, at this moment in time substrate is completely broken on iOS 7. This means no Cydia, which we know means difficulty accessing the tweaks everyone loves. On top of that, most developers do not have tweaks updated for iOS 7 yet. So even if a jailbreak were ready at this very moment, it would be of very little use to the average jailbreaker.
Stay tuned, as you know I'll keep bringing you more progress tidbits and news in the upcoming weeks as we wait for the iOS 7 jailbreak to come together.
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