A jailbreak has been developed for Apple's latest mobile operating system, but there are a few issues that need ironing out
Hackers have released a jailbreak for Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, allowing iPhone and iPad users to download apps, extensions and themes that are not available through the official Apple App Store.
The evasi0n7 jailbreak, developed by a group known as evad3rs, claims to work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through to 7.0.4. It takes 5 minutes to install via a USB cable connecting the user's device to a computer running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
However, the software has already struck some hurdles, including incompatibility with some software offered in Cydia, the preferred app store for jailbroken phones.
"Please always backup your phone before installing new tweaks from Cydia as your iPhone could be stuck in the boot process," warned evad3rs. "The situation will improve as developers will update their software."
The evad3rs have also been criticised for entering into a commercial partnership with the Chinese app store Taig. As part of the agreement, Taig comes bundled with the evasi0n7 jailbreak software for people who download it in China – in a similar way that Cydia is bundled with the jailbreak elsewhere in the world.