Following the launch of the new iPads on Tuesday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rolled out iOS 7.0.3 firmware update to the public, which was thought to be potentially unsafe for people to upgrade to if they are hoping for a future jailbreak solution for iOS 7.
Now, if a prominent jailbreak developer is to be believed, upgrading to iOS 7.0.3 will not harm chances for jailbreaking the new OS in the coming days.
After Apple released iOS 7.0.3 on Tuesday, renowned iOS hacker MuscleNerd warned on Twitter that potential iOS 7 jailbreakers should avoid upgrading to the new firmware for the time being as it could patch any key loophole in the platform that may lead to a future jailbreak.
On Wednesday, MuscleNerd sent out two more tweets in which he confirmed that iOS 7.0.3 holds no risk for iOS 7 jailbreak hopefuls. The hacker wrote in his first tweet that the fix for the lock screen bug in iOS 7.0.3 would not impact the upcoming iOS 7 jailbreak.
Asked if it is safe to update to iOS 7.0.3, MuscleNerd replied: “If you've already lost the JB by upgrading to 7.x, then yep it's fine to go from 7.0.x to 7.0.3.”
In simple terms, for users whose devices are now on any version of iOS 7, updating to 7.0.3 is safe even if they are looking forward to an imminent jailbreak. However, the owners of devices which are currently jailbroken on iOS 6.x are still recommended to keep away from iOS 7.0.3 as downgrading from iOS 7.x to a later version of the OS is no longer possible.
As for the status of the iOS 7 jailbreak, evad3rs, the iOS hacking team that created the popular evasi0n jailbreak tool for iOS 6.x, is currently on the hunt. The team of hackers also claimed to have found “all the pieces” to build a new jailbreak.
However, people waiting for such a software solution should keep in mind that putting together the pieces to create a future jailbreak tool could take more time. Pod2g, another well-known iOS hacker, also recently said that he was confident about a public jailbreak release in the future.