Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), on Wednesday, released a firmware update for the iOS 7, bringing the firmware to version 7.0.5, and includes only a handful of bug fixes.
While the official change log said that the iOS 7.0.5 update was only available for certain models of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sold in China to correct network provisioning, the update reportedly subsequently showed up in other countries, such as Germany, UK, Croatia and the U.S.
The firmware update, at 35.4 MB in size, is available as an over-the-air update, which can be checked by visiting Settings > General > Software Update. Users can also plug their devices into iTunes to update.
Here are the official download links:
What Does It Mean For Jailbreakers?
Following the release of the iOS 7.0.5, renowned iOS hacker MuscleNerd took to Twitter and urged his followers to refrain from updating their devices with the new iOS version.
Reports surfaced last week saying that the iOS 7.1 beta 4 partially patched the evasi0n7 jailbreak. While it is unclear whether Apple has done something similar with iOS 7.0.5, MuscleNerd’s tweets seem to indicate that the update does not fix evasi0n7.
However, users are still recommended to stay away from iOS 7.0.5 until further notice from evad3rs. If evasi0n7 is not patched, users will likely see an update to the jailbreak tool with support for iOS 7.0.5.
Meanwhile, Stefan Esser, an iOS hacker who goes by the Twitter handle @i0n1c, said that the exploits used in evasi0n7 are still present in iOS 7.0.5.
“@osxreverser iOS 7.0.5 is still jailbreakable. evasi0n binary just needs to allow build number. iOS 7.1 beta 4 on the other hand is fixed,” Esser tweeted.
He also posted a screenshot of a jailbroken iPhone 5s confirming his claim.
“To make evasi0n work with iOS 7.0.5 one way is to patch 11B511 into 11B601 in the binary. Ehmm btw... the patch are not hex bytes but simple ASCII iOS build numbers that need to be fixed,” Esser said.
Has A Modified Evasi0n7 Done The Trick?
According to a report from Redmond Pie, multiple unofficial versions of evasi0n7 are floating around the web that can jailbreak iOS 7.0.5. The report said although these unofficial versions do the trick without a problem, it is better to avoid trying them out and wait for evasi0n's the official version.
Earlier this month, another unofficial modified version of the evasi0n7 tool appeared online, which was capable of jailbreaking iOS 7.1 beta 3.