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Controversy surrounding the Evasi0n 7 iOS 7 jailbreak has left potential jailbreak users confused as to whether or not they should jailbreak their Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPod Touch. If you’re asking yourself: "Should I jailbreak my iPhone or iOS device," the answer is -- it depends.
While the Evasi0n 7 TaiG controversy may keep some jailbreak users from running the Evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak on their phone entirely, holding off on installing it might not be the best choice for some users. However, if you're not comfortable with the risk of "bricking" your iOS device and advanced troubleshooting, you're best off not running the jailbreak at all.
Apple can push out an update at any time to patch the vulnerabilities exploited by the latest Evasi0n jailbreak. While it's unlikely that such patches won’t be applied until the release of the iOS 7.1 update, if you’re looking to jailbreak and are comfortable with the risks, now might be the time to do so.
For iOS device owners who used the over-the-air (OTA) update features on their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, it is also necessary to run a full restore before running the Evasi0n 7 iOS 7 jailbreak. Apple stops “signing” older iOS software once a new version is released, which can effectively prevent some people from running the Evasi0n jailbreak on their phone if they wait too long.
However, if you’re expecting to use the third-party apps and modifications provided by developers without any issues, you might want to hold off on actually installing some of the software that is currently available on Cydia, the app used to install many of the tweaks and mods on a jailbroken iOS device.
Evasi0n may be able to jailbreak iOS 7, but its sudden release has caused mod and app developers to scramble to get their software working properly with iOS 7 and the Evasi0n jailbreak.
One process in particular, Mobile Substrate, is currently in a broken state, so apps and tweaks that rely on this software may not perform correctly. Jay Freeman (Saurik), does recommend that users looking to jailbreak their iOS device should do so now since Mobile Substrate will be updated in a few days.
Other tweaks and mods are in the process of being updated in the coming days as well. However, users should take precautions by backing up their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch prior to running the Evasi0n jailbreak software or installing any mods or tweaks. Apple also notes that this is against its user agreement:
"It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of the iOS end-user software license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software."
If you are looking to install some tweaks, jailbreak users have already started compiling a list of mods and tweaks that work with iOS 7 currently. However, many of the tweaks will not work with the iPhone 5S due to its 64-bit processor, which Mobile Substrate hasn’t been updated to support yet.
Some devices also are having trouble with the Evasi0n 7 iOS 7 jailbreak, such as the iPad 2. However, the Evad3rs team is aware of the situation and is working on a fix.
â€” Nikias Bassen (@pimskeks) December 23, 2013
Are you going to install the Evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak, wait for another jailbreak release or keep your iOS device running stock software? Let us know in the comments.
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