Back when the iPhone was a newbie, jailbreaking was done by only a handful of people. And most of them only did it so they could carrier unlock their devices. There was also the advantage of having access to third party apps, which the original iPhone did not have at the time.
Fast forward almost 6 years later, and millions are up to it. Thanks to the process being much easier and requiring little more than plugging your device in to a computer USB port and hitting the “jailbreak” button on the Evasi0n tool. Seemingly, people aren’t as happy with Apple’s “walled garden” as they used to be, and an astonishing 7 million iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units have been hacked since Evad3rs launched the iOS 6.x jailbreaking tool.
The figure comes from Jay Freeman (saurik) who’s been following the numbers of Cydia visitors closely since Evasi0n launched on Monday afternoon. As of last night, Cydia has been accessed by 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads and 400k iPods jailbroken using Evasi0n. It’s an incredible growth from just a couple of years when the popular Jailbreakme3 hack was launched by @Comex in 2011. Only 1.4 million devices used his tool in the first 9 days. The jump from 1.4 million in 9 days to 7 million in little over 3 days is insane.
There are plenty of reasons why this might be, but it is thought that anticipation is the main source of Evasi0n’s success. We had to wait over 130 days for an iPhone 5 jailbreak. The longest previously was the iPhone 4S which took 98 days. That plus the arrival and publicity of some very cool tweaks.
Did you jailbreak your device? How have you customized it? Let us know in the comments or tweet me: @TiP_Cam.