The iOS7 jailbreak just released by Evad3rs would surface a Chinese-language App Store, called TaiG Assistant, if you change the iOS system language into Chinese. Negative rumors and findings about the store emerged soon after the release that include 1) the store includes pirated apps, 2) it has software built in to deter users from uninstalling it, and 3) Evad3rs received some one million dollars from the Chinese company for doing so.

An open letter Evad3rs published later confirmed the partnership with TaiG, saying they believe it is”suited to meet the needs of users for the Chinese market” and it can be removed. When it comes to piracy, Evad3rs claims they “contractually bind them to not have piracy in their store” and “TaiG will be pulled from the jailbreak if it (piracy) cannot be resolved”. (Update: A tweet by a member of Evad3rs @pog2g reads that they decided to “remotely disable the default installation of TaiG in China for further investigations on the piracy issue.”)

Evad3rs said the reason why they’d release the jailbreak before Cydia and MobileSubstrate were updated for iOS7 was that they found that Cydia developer SaurikIT, who had been in talks with Chinese companies for potential partnerships too, partnered with a third party and was about to release a jailbreak ahead of Evad3rs.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com