The business of “jailbreaking” Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices will likely only grow as the California-based company expands into new markets. Apple is famous for its so-called “walled garden” ecosystem that restricts its customers to the use of Apple-approved software. For example, Apple users are limited to purchasing their iPhone apps from the official App Store, where every program is carefully vetted by Apple before it is allowed to be sold.
This is ostensibly done by Apple in order to ensure a seamless and secure user experience that is free from malware. However, some Apple users are not content to stay within the confines of Apple’s garden.
As reported by the Washington Post, every new official version of iOS has been followed by an unofficial jailbreak version of the mobile operating system that allows its users to download unapproved software or access new functions on their devices. The iOS jailbreak software is typically offered free of charge and is developed by idealistic hackers who believe users have a right to choose what software they want to put on their devices. However, Apple’s recent expansion in China’s smartphone market via a distribution deal with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) may have led some hackers to jailbreak the iOS 7 software for profit.
As previously noted by Apple Insider, a new iOS 7 jailbreak software known as “evasi0n7” was recently found to have been bundled with Taig, a Chinese app store that included some pirated apps. Rumors soon emerged that the “evad3rs” developer team had been paid by Taig to bundle its app store with the software. Although the developers initially appeared to confirm these rumors in an open letter, a follow-up letter denied that the team profited from the iOS jailbreak software.