iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C owners the world over are waiting tentatively for a jailbreaking solution to be released. They’re not alone either, owners of other iPhone models who upgraded to iOS7 are also eager to get their handsets jailbroken.
Jailbreaking your iPhone allows you to install a whole manner of pretty awesome tweaks ranging from using two apps at once in a split-screen scenario to simple tweaks like getting past volume restrictions. For a lot of iPhone and iPad users (myself included) my love for these devices is dependent solely on the ability to jailbreak, hence my reluctance to upgrade my device to iOS 7.
The state of the iOS 7 jailbreaking situation at the moment is positive but uncertain. Currently at time of publication you cannot jailbreak your device if it has iOS 7 installed. Regardless of what you have read there is nothing out there that works. There are some unscrupulous websites that claim to have a working solution which you can have if you pay for, it but these should be avoided. At no point in the history of jailbreaking iOS devices has a solution ever been released that is not free.
So the question you may have is if there isn’t available now when will it be available? The short answer is that nobody knows. The only thing we do know for certain is that something will be released, regardless of what headline grabbing tech journalists are claiming. What we do not know is how long it will take. It could be available in a month’s time or it may take (as in previous iOS releases) nearly an entire year.
The hold up at the moment is that nobody in the iOS jailbreak community has been able to develop a safe jailbreak solution for iOS 7 devices. Exploits in iOS 7 have been found by the likes of veterans such as Planetbeing, who are, as announced by the man himself, getting to the stage where nearly all the necessary exploits have been compiled:
As soon as any solid progress is made we will be one of the first to report on it. At the moment my predictions based on experience are:
– We will not see a iOS 7 jailbreak before Christmas
– iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C owners will have to wait the longest, most likely at least 6 months
– A tethered solution will be released first and then it will take a further 3 months for an untethered solution
Hang tight and be patient. If you want a jailbroken device, do not upgrade to iOS 7 if you are on iOS 6 or 5. You will regret it!