The Evasi0n team said that it had successfully created an untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 7.0 through to 7.0.4. It announced the breakthrough on Sunday.
It has taken three months for any group of hackers to successfully overcome Apple’s security.
The bypass means that owners of iPhones, iPods and iPads running iOS 7 can now access parts of the software normally locked away.
The jailbreak is said to take just five minutes to install. It works on both OS X and Windows-based computers. The group has included a step-by-step guide with the release on how to install it.
This version of the jailbreak allows users to reboot the device without needing to connect it to an external device.
Apple has cautioned against jailbreaking the device. Security analysts have long pointed to the locked down nature of iOS as one of the reasons it has not yet had malware outbreak.
According to Apple, by jailbreaking your phone, you put your phone at risk of shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data usage and disruption of service, alongside the security issues.
It also said that jailbreaking the device will result in users being unable to apply future updates.