Hot on the heels of prominent Apple iOS hacker Planetbeing’s announcement that evad3rs -- the team that developed the evasi0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 -- is currently looking for potential exploits inside the iOS 7 for a future jailbreak, another renowned iOS hacker kept the hope alive by indicating that a public release of an iOS 7 jailbreak could be possible.
After confirming on Twitter that “evad3rs have now started to actively look at iOS 7,” Planetbeing took to his microblogging account again on Wednesday to announce that his team of iOS hackers had achieved unsigned userland code execution with some of the exploits inside the iOS platform, which they already had in reserve.
Although this tidbit offers only a little information about the state of the iOS 7 jailbreak, Pod2g’s latest remark on the matter does provide a ray of hope for many within the jailbreak community. Pod2g tweeted on Friday, “@pimskeks being more and more confident about an iOS 7 public jailbreak ;-) [ that does not mean soon ].”
It is worth noting here that the jailbreak developer did not make any promise about the timing of an iOS 7 jailbreak, suggesting that a public release would take some time.
Those familiar with recent developments on the iOS jailbreak front must know that finding vulnerabilities in the mobile operating system to develop jailbreak tools is like a cat-and-mouse game with hackers finding exploits and Apple fixing them in subsequent firmware updates.
People waiting for an iOS 7 jailbreak should also keep in mind that all the progress made so far in the quest for a future jailbreak has been on existing devices, such as the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S. Apple’s new devices, especially the iPhone 5S with 64-bit processing capability and the new A7 processor, could present a huge hurdle for jailbreak developers once it is released to consumers next week.
In June, Pod2g said he was “pretty disappointed” by the features of iOS 7. Calling the new design of iOS 7 “awful,” the hacker even said that he might shift his focus to Android devices -- a remark that cast a cloud on jailbreak’s future.
The closed-structure nature of iOS never impressed Pod2g. Even before releasing the iOS 6.x evasi0n untethered jailbreak in February, he urged Apple to open its system and make iOS 7 more liberal to allow “tweaks and mods.”
Regardless of the challenges, it is good to know that Pod2G, one of the biggest voices within the jailbreak community, is optimistic about the future of an iOS 7 jailbreak. Counting on his confidence, jailbreak fans around the world should also feel confident that an iOS 7 jailbreak could indeed be there to free their devices from the limitations of the stock firmware.