Piracy Controversy Mars Release of iOS 7 Jailbreak
Controversy erupted in the world of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS jailbreak software users when a new iOS 7 jailbreak was found to include a default third-party mobile app store that hosted many pirated apps. As reported by Apple Insider, Chinese Apple users who downloaded “evasi0n7” — an iOS 7 jailbreak developed by the “evad3rs” developer team — found that Chinese app store Taig has replaced Cydia, the alternative app store that has been bundled with previous iOS jailbreak software releases.
According to Apple Insider, rumors soon emerged that the evad3rs developer team had been paid $1 million for bundling the company’s app store with the evasi0n software. The evad3rs development team later appeared to confirm these rumors in an open letter posted on the evasi0n website.
“Yes, we have benefitted financially from our work, just as many others in the jailbreak community have, including tweak developers, repo owners, etc.,” wrote the evad3rs development team. “Any jailbreak from us will always be free to the users but we believe we have a right to be compensated in an ethical way, just as any other developer. However, the interests of the community will always be the most important thing to us.”