Apple’s latest iOS 7 is not jailbroken yet! However, many iOS hackers are working to jailbreak iOS 7. To speed up the process of jailbreak there is crowd-funded reward for the developer who releases an open source iOS 7 jailbreak first.
A website named as isios7jailbrokenyet.com is currently accepting donations to fund an open source jailbreak for iOS 7.
As per the website – “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.”
The crowd-funded bounty program has generated $6600 while i am writing this post. The money will be offered to the first developer who will release an open-source iOS 7 jailbreak.
The winner of iOS 7 open source jailbreak will be judged by prize proposer Chris Maury, Cory Doctorow who is a Co-editor of Boing Boing, Author and DMCA Activist, Kyle Wiens who is Co-founder and CEO, iFixit and Biella Coleman who is Professor and Author of Coding Freedom.
As per the website, jailbreak should work on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5S running iOS 7 and should support latest firmware update of iOS 7.0.4. It should be untethered and released free of charge to public under open source licenses.
However, Cydia founder, Jay Freeman a.k.a Saurik is asking people not to donate money for open source jailbreak of iOS 7.
As per Saurik –
“The primary problem I have with this website is that it attempts to change the dynamics from one of “people who do things that are fun to make devices more open” to one of “people who do things to win cash prizes”. Meanwhile, it changes the dynamics in the minds of the people contributing: normally, people contribute after the fact to the teams that built something that they found of value; under the model of this website, people contribute ahead of time, and then hope that the thing that is released works for their specific device (or even “runs on their computer”, etc.), and if it doesn’t they are kind of out of luck.
I’ve seen the effects of bounties in the Android ecosystem, and they are quite negative. I tried to explain this to the person behind this project (Elizabeth Stark), but she really didn’t seem to care: in essence, she’s currently working on a project that is a crowd funding platform for software, and she wants to use the iOS community as a test case; she didn’t want to spend any time thinking about the ramifications of her decisions going into the project, and she didn’t send me a response about the issues I saw with her project (which I sent her weeks ago) until this morning (coincident with the release of her website).
Additionally, I will point out that 5% goes to Elizabeth Stark (Threshold, which is powering the platform, is her new company). For the last few jailbreaks, I’ve been handling a lot of the donations (people might notice that the PayPal target for donation links is often me), and I will guarantee everyone: I’ve been taking the money, splitting it as directed by the jailbreak teams I work with, and taking 0% for myself. This really is just someone who is trying to bootstrap a new company. Please simply donate to whomever you feel did right by you, and do so after they provide you something of value: do not use this website.”
Saurik says that the iOS 7 jailbreak will come from evad3rs.
Starkbot has responded to Saurik that, nothing is stoping evad3rs from taking donations for a jailbreak if and when they release it.
What are your views on open-source untethered iOS 7 jailbreak.