iOS 7 was released in September 2013, alongside the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The untethered jailbreak utility, Evasi0n 7, followed in December although it didn’t get off to the most auspicious of starts.
Image : Cydia Icon on iPhone 4
Many users began to notice that the utility was not too stable and issues such as an endless reboot loop or getting stuck at the Apple logo screen started to become commonplace. Not long after the jailbreak utility was released, users also started to notice that many jailbreak tweaks simply wouldn’t work.
This was down to the fact that the developers were given the beta build of mobile substrate by Saurik but did not test it, perhaps in their rush to get the utility out before someone else did.
It also came to light that some users were finding a second icon on their home screens, that of Taig, a Chinese app store well-known for their pirate content. Evad3rs did admit to signing a deal to add in the new app store but it was agreed that there would be no pirate apps in it. This deal was broken almost straightaway and Evad3rs promptly released an update to Evasi0n 7 to remove Taig.
If you are considering jailbreaking your iOS 7 device with Evasi0n 7 please look at our step-by-step guide on how to do so. If you are not sure about jailbreaking and would just like the Cydia icon on your home screen for now, here’s how to get it:
How to download Cydia Icon on iPhone 4 iOS 7 :
- Open Safari on your iOS device
- Go to http://www.iphone4jailbreak.org and the mobile version of the website will open
- Locate the UP arrow at the bottom of the screen and tap on it
- On the next screen tap on Add to Home Screen
- You will now be promoted to name your icon – call it Cydia
- Tap on Add
- Respring back to your home screen and the Cydia icon will be visible
PLEASE NOTE – This is NOT a jailbreak, it is purely the icon for Cydia.
What is Cydia ?
Cydia first arrived on the scene in 2009. Developed by Saurik, Cydia was a replacement for the original app installer that Apple supplied. It is now the single largest unofficial app installer in existence and is home to thousands of different tweaks, mods themes, ringtones and other jailbreak apps.
The name Cydia comes from the Codling Moth. The scientific name for this agricultural pest is the Cydia pomonella; it is a pest that burrows into apples and is commonly known as “the worm in the apple”.
Which iOS 7 Devices are Compatible with Cydia ?
Cydia will work on any iOS device that can be jailbroken – that covers just about every device that Apple has ever released. If you are jailbreaking iOS 7, however, the list is a little smaller as Apple decided not to support some of the older devices with the firmware. The following devices are compatible with Cydia on iOS 7:
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 5C
- iPad 2
- iPad 3
- iPad 4
- iPad Air
- iPad Mini
- iPad Mini 2
- iPod 5
What’s in Store for Cydia in the Future ?
The future for Cydia is looking very bright indeed. While so many people said that iOS 7 would kill the jailbreak, the complete opposite has happened. Since iOS 7 was released, along with the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air, there has been a significant jump in the number of tweaks arriving in Cydia and that number is showing no signs of diminishing.
iOS 8 is to be unveiled at WWDC 2014 and it’s expected that a number of new features in it will bring even more to the table for the jailbreak developers to play around with.
iOS 8 is now one third of the way through its release cycle and has proven to be a winner for jailbreakers everywhere. Not only are there more features to play with, there are more jailbreaks available and more top tweaks in Cydia. Even if you don’t want to jailbreak your iPhone iPad or iPod Touch you can still add the icon to your home screen on iOS 8, following these updated instructions.