With the release of the Gold Master version to developers, iOS 7 is in its final stages of being prepared for public release, scheduled to start on 18th September. This also takes the developers one step closer to a jailbreak utility for the firmware as they can now start testing in earnest.
Image : Team Evaders Official Jailbreak Page for iOS 7
Up until now, the developers have been busy testing out the beta versions of iOS 7. However, it’s not possible to start the proper build of a jailbreak until the firmware is finished and out of testing. The GM version is the version that the public will be able to download, provided no major issues raise their head between now and release day.
iPhone 5S Jailbreak :
With the iPhone 5S due to be launched on 20th September, the jailbreak developers are working with this model in mind, as well as others that are supported by iOS 7. The iPhone 5S has the new A7 chip in it and, although that wouldn’t normally make much difference to a developer, the fact that it is a 64-bit chip with an additional M7 coprocessor does. The jailbreak utility has to be built to work, not just on 32-bit chips but also on the new 64-bit as well.
Image : iOS 7 Jailbreak progress on A7 and M7 Processors
A little while back we were told that events had been delayed because Apple had managed to patch some of the exploits during the beta updates. However, the day after the GM version was released, Planetbeing tweeted something the whole jailbreak community needed to hear:
“Achieved unsigned userland code execution with some of our stuff in reserve. Now we have a good platform for poking the kernel”.
In layman’s terms, they’ve hacked through Apple’s security giving them the access they needed to start working on building the utility.
Image : iPhone 5S running bootrom code
They are also testing out the exploits they have to make sure they still work within iOS 7. However, don’t get too excited just yet – there is a long way to go and, for those of you who think the utility will be out soon after the firmware release, it’s not likely. These things take time – iOS 6 took 5 months – and there is still much work to be done.