While many of you are probably more accustomed to reading Android root news on this site, the news that Apple’s iOS 7.0.4. was jailbroken for Christmas is still cause for celebration. I don’t like my house to have any unrooted devices – least of all my daughter’s iPad. (OK, I know she can’t tell the difference between a stock and an iOS 7 jailbreak, but I can.)
The jailbreak requires (according to the evasi0n website) five minutes of your time, along with Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X 10.6+, iTunes if you’re running Windows, and a USB cable. iPad 2 WiFi owners are also out of luck at the moment, as the exploit appears to brick them. The team behind the exploit notes that they’re working on fixing that issue.
The Windows version of the evasi0n exploit comes in at about 16MB, and claims to work on all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad Mini models running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4.
Before you proceed, make sure you read the instructions, make a backup through iCloud, disable any lock codes and backup passwords, and don’t do anything with iTunes while running the jailbreak. I’m unfortunately one of the people with the iPad 2 WiFi model, so I’m out of luck at the moment. I’d advise anyone with the iPad 2 to hold off on any system software updates until the evasi0n team manages to get that little bootloop bug worked out.
For those who are able to use this, drop a line and let us know how it worked for you. Being as I own the only unsupported device at the moment, I’m taking the source (Forbes) at their word that the evasi0n exploit works.
As always, these things probably void your warranty and may take your device down, so make sure you’re comfortable with the potential that you might have a problem with repairs if something goes wrong down the line. At least on the Android side, we usually don’t get hassled over things that were through no cause of the root (broken button, dead pixels on the screen, demonic possession) but I’m not sure how the Apple stores treat the jailbroken.