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iOS 7 Jailbreak Released By Evad3rs! Untethered Jailbreak Now Available for Download

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First Posted: Dec 22, 2013 12:17 PM EST
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Tech fans are in for one happy holiday.

After months of speculation, rumors, and updates, the Evad3rs finally released the anticipated iOS 7 jailbreak. The hacking group made the announcement on Twitter Sunday morning, saying "Merry Christmas! The iOS 7 jailbreak has been released at evasi0n.com! All donations will go to @publicknowledge, @eff and @ffii" -- the link to the jailbreak download can be found here.

This was particularly surprising and exciting at the same time due to the fact that no release date was announced ahead of time -- it just happened. This, of course, was understandable considering the things that could have happened in the window of time before the release.

In addition, the timing of this release was perfect. Over the course of the past few months, the tech community had been growing increasingly antsy on Twitter; many people were voicing their concerns about having to wait to update to iOS 7 until the jailbreak's release. While many people predicted that we would probably see a release date in February, several others started to wonder whether we would even see an iOS 7 jailbreak. There were concerns that Apple cracked down so much on the security features that nobody would be able to crack the code. Obviously the Evad3rs proved otherwise.

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If you have not yet already gone to the Evad3rs' website to obtain the jailbreak, the task is not too difficult. According to the hacking group, you'll need five minutes to complete it as well as a computer (over the air updates are said to fail, so this is why the computer is needed). Furthermore, you'll need iTunes and a device with iOS 7.0 - iOS 7.4 to connect to your computer. It is an incredibly simple task and you can follow along with a step-by-step process on the website.

As always, the jailbreak is free on the Evasi0n website but users can always decide to donate money towards future jailbreak research and development.

"If you would like to express your appreciation for our work, we do have a PayPal account," the Evad3rs said via their website. "All proceeds from your contributions will go to Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure to help protect jailbreaking as your legal right."

The news of the jailbreak release has permeated the tech blogosphere and has spread like wildfire through related websites, but one concern still lingers: testing. Saurik -- who is known as the developer of Cydia, a jailbreak app store of sorts -- said in a comment on Hacker News that he was left in the dark about testing.

"So, I got no lead time on evasi0n7, nor was I asked for an official iOS 7 Cydia; I was not given builds, nor was I asked for things to test," Saurik wrote. "I thereby have no clue what will or will not work, or even what evasi0n7 includes; I hope that people bear with me as I figure this all out."

At any rate, the Evad3rs surely provided a happy holiday for those who have been so desperate to see this release. Stay tuned for any updates and developments on this jailbreak in the coming days as the news continues to spread; considering the fact that we are still in the early stages of this brand new release, it is hard to know what to expect. Will this jailbreak be the best one yet? If you have already downloaded it, have you experienced any problems thus far? Let us know in the comments section!

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