The iOS 7 Jailbreak Is Finally Worth Installing On Newer iPhones And iPads

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The iOS 7 jailbreak was released last Sunday, but it was a messy release that had a lot of bugs and compatibility issues. We warned everyone to wait at the time. Today the last major issue with the jailbreak was fixed for newer iOS devices with the A7 chip.

Jay ‘saurik’ Freeman, the creator of Cydia, has updated Mobile Substrate for iOS 7 and the new 64-bit architecture found in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and second-gen iPad mini.

For the less jailbreak savvy, Mobile Substrate is essentially the backbone that allows most Cydia tweaks to work. Without it, tweaks that want to modify iOS on a core level simply can’t function. While jailbreak apps like iFile will work, more low-level extensions like biteSMS will not.

There are two main reasons Mobile Substrate is just now being updated more than a week after the Evad3rs released their iOS 7 jailbreak. The first is that Apple switched from a 32-bit to 64-bit processor in its new iOS hardware, which means that Mobile Substrate needs to be recompiled. The second is that Freeman was not informed beforehand that the jailbreak was being released, so he didn’t have a chance to update things on his end for Cydia to be fully compatible for all devices.

Now it’s up to jailbreak developers to update their tweaks for 64-bit in Cydia. Even though Mobile Substrate now works, make sure to check if a tweak is compatible with your device before installing. You can download the iOS 7 jailbreak from the Evasi0n website.

  • Paul Burt

    There isn’t anything not in iOS 7 that is worth the instability that working with a jailbroken phone brings. Themes are not worth it; rearranging Control Center icons isn’t worth it and, at least for me, I don’t have the need to tether my phone pretty much ever so MyWi isn’t worth it. My job relies too much on having reliable communication and my only experience with jailbreaks is inconsistent and unreliable. I don’t have confinement issues like you people seem to have. Apple provides a quality experience and I don’t care to change the way my phone looks more than Apple provides.

  • PharLeff

    There isn’t anything not in iOS 7 that is worth the instability that working with a jailbroken phone brings. Themes are not worth it; rearranging Control Center icons isn’t worth it and, at least for me, I don’t have the need to tether my phone pretty much ever so MyWi isn’t worth it. My job relies too much on having reliable communication and my only experience with jailbreaks is inconsistent and unreliable. I don’t have confinement issues like you people seem to have. Apple provides a quality experience and I don’t care to change the way my phone looks more than Apple provides.

    Good to hear… unfortunately, it’s not the case with everyone. Having the ability to change minor things to enhance your experience is what makes jailbreaking worth it. Sure there are pitfalls here and there, but in my personal experience, it’s never been too crucial where I’ve lacked the ability to use the phone as needed.

  • z0mki

    I have found this jailbreak to be quite stable. My jailbroken iPhone 5 on iOS 7 has yet to crash on me however I only have a hand full of tweaks installed. I mainly jailbreak to get the most of my unlimited AT&T data plan to tether my iPad. I have also discovered Unlimited iTunes Radio skipping, which makes the most of my iTunes Match subscription allowing me to skip to my hearts content. BiteSMS and Infinidock are also on my short list of tweaks.

  • Christian Moesgaard

    Only reason I’d jailbreak my iPhone right now is because of adblock. Not because I have anything against ads, but simply because tons of ads like to redirect you to the app store to download f2p games. It happens dozens of times every day, and it’s frankly infuriating.

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