Apple released iOS 7 a few months ago, but users have not been provided with a jailbreak yet. The saddest thing for owners of Apple device running iOS, is the fact there are no enthusiasts who are ready to spend their time and money to search for exploits and create a simple app based on them for hacking Apple’s software platform.
Chronic Dev Team, a team of hackers behind such projects like iRecovery, greenpois0n, and GenPass, disbanded early this year, and nobody has taken its place. The solution was found in a form of a campaign aimed to support jailbreak. A number of people have started to collect money for iOS 7 jailbreak, resulting in $2600 during one day.
“We strongly believe that users should have the freedom to control their devices. We wanted an open source jailbreak for iOS 7, giving users the capability to install what they want on their own devices and the ability to audit the code they’re using to do so. Jailbreaking is also critical to ensuring that the disabled are able to use their mobile devices as easily as possible.”
The campaign “Is iOS7 jailbroken yet?” was founded by several activists, including co-editor of Boing Boing, author, and DMCA activist Cory Doctorow, professor and author of Coding Freedom Biella Coleman, co-founder and CEO, iFixit, Kyle Wiens, prize proposer and accessibility advocate, Chris Maury. Anyone can invest in the project, and the final amount will be received by the first developer(s) who release an open source iOS 7 jailbreak meeting the following requirements:
- Work for iPhones (including 4S, 5, 5c, 5s) running iOS 7.
- Support the latest current version of iOS (7.04).
- Be untethered and accessible to the average user.
- Be publicly released and available free of charge.
- Be released under one of the OSI-approved licenses.
If no one claims the prize within 18 months, all the donors will receive their money back. Any remaining funds will be donated to PK and EFF.
Among the top contributors are already iFixit.com ($500.00), http://www.appsrumors.com/($250.00), kjams.com ($200.00), @ezcoder ($100.00), Joe Basirico – whoisjoe.com ($100.00) and others.