Website seeks funding to reward iOS 7 jailbreak

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If you’re someone who likes to tweak their devices, you know that it’s been quite a while since there has been a jailbreak solution for a current version of iOS. Sure, we’ve heard rumors of an iOS 7 jailbreak being close, but with Apple’s updates to the operating system, it’s still a mystery as to how close the jailbreaks are to becoming reality. Unfortunately we’re currently left without a jailbreak method for iOS 7, but one website is hoping to offer an incentive to change that.

Is iOS 7 Jailbroken Yet

The new website,, is hoping to get crowd-source funding to support a monetary prize for whoever creates a jailbreak method for the new operating system form Apple. The donations have reached over $2200 currently, and will most likely continue to grow as the website gains traction among tech media sources. The money will go to the developer that releases the first functioning jailbreak method for all iPhones 4s and newer, and it must also support the latest version of iOS 7, which is 7.0.4. In addition, the jailbreak must be an untethered jailbreak, and the website lists judges who will determine whether or not any jailbreak meets the requirements to get the prize.

The website lists the motivation behind the prize movement:

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. So we started a prize for the first people who can do it.


Interestingly, since this website was started, a Reddit thread has been started, and many well-known members of the jailbreak community have given their opinion on the matter, including Cydia creator Saurik, who criticized the movement for attempting ”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.” If you’re interested in checking out the responses from jailbreakers, be sure to check out the full thread.

Although I understand the criticism, I still think that there is nothing wrong with offering a reward for the jailbreak, especially if people are willing to donate to the cause. Do you think it is okay that people are turning the jailbreak movement into a contest? Use the comments below to let us know, or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin.

Source: iDownload Blog


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  • Sumyungguy

    system form Apple. FROM is the word you seek. Not form.

  • DrewPage

    Nothing wrong with Jailbreaking or the reward for it, I agree.  However, I’ve jailbroken before, and the results are less than pleasant: horrible battery life, unstable, slowness, etc.