The Pangu jailbreak recently released for iOS 7 devices has drawn ire from some users, who said some of their apps have disappeared after installing the jailbreak.
The Pangu jailbreak–produced by hackers in China–was released several weeks ago. The jailbreak was released after Evad3ers–the team that most frequently releases jailbreaks–couldn’t crack iOS 7’s update.
The website iPhone Hacks said users have been reporting that apps have been disappearing from their Home screen after Pangu was installed.
“It is not clear if the issue is due to the Pangu jailbreak or due to a problematic or incompatible jailbreak tweak,” the website stated. “It looks like the issue crops up when the com.apple.mobile.installation.plist doesn’t load properly, though it is not clear what triggers the problem and if the problem. Some users on this reddit thread have reported that removing a jailbreak tweak fixed the issue. Since the tweak in question have been different, it is difficult to pin point the tweak that may be causing the problem.”
Some Reddit users in a thread made a few suggestions, which can be accessed in this thread.
“Install MobileTerminal or use OpenSSH and run the command “uicache”. Should reload the com.apple.mobile.installation.plist to fix the icons,” one user suggested.
Another jailbreaker, Stefan Esser, wrote that the Pangu stole his ideas and exploits.
He further claimed that the jailbreak contains “malware from China,” describing the team as “theives.”
Jailbreaking allows Apple iOS users to modify the OS to install apps that aren’t permitted through the Apple Store. Apple doesn’t approve of practice and always attempts to clamp down on it.
The Pangu jailbreak was released just a few weeks ago. “Like the Evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 7, using Pangu is pretty straightforward once you download the tool. One weird thing you need for the jailbreak to work is to adjust your device’s internal date in Settings to June 2nd and turn off the ‘Set Automatically’ option. The tool will walk you through the process as you jailbreak,” says Cult of Mac.