Popular jailbreak software Cydia hits 14m monthly users on iOS 6, 23m on all devices

jail 520x245 Popular jailbreak software Cydia hits 14m monthly users on iOS 6, 23m on all devices

Fans of customizing iPhones and owners of the iPhone 5 got a huge boost when the popular jailbreak tool evasi0n launched for iOS 6 in February. One month on, downloads continue to rain in as Cydia — the alternative software that it provides access to — passed 14 million active monthly users on iOS 6.x devices, and 23 million overall.

To quickly explain evasi0n and Cydia to those that aren’t familiar with it. Cydia is arguably the most powerful alternative marketplace for Apple-centric devices. It provides users with a choice of applications, tweaks and modifications that help extend the capabilities of their device and overcome the limitations Apple sets. Evasi0n is one of a number of jailbreak tools which, when installed, enables device owners to access Cydia.

The figures themselves don’t directly relate to evasi0n, but it is likely to be responsible for the lion’s share of iOS 6 users — since it is the most prominent tool for the platform — and a large percent of the other users are likely to have downloaded it too. Eagerly awaited, it hit 7 million downloads after just four days.

The new figures, come from a member of the evad3rs – the team that develops evasi0n — and are via Cydia-creator Jay Freeman (@saurik), who has also validated them.

New statistic from @saurik: 14,051,500 unique devices have been seen running Cydia on iOS 6.x! 14 millions! and 23 millions any version.

– pod2g (@pod2g) March 2, 2013

The numbers are impressive but it is worth remembering that they come after one month of evasi0n’s launch. There’s no guarantee how many of these users — a lot of whom could be first time jailbreakers curiously drawn in by the noise around its release — will continue to use it beyond their early experience.

Equally, to give some context, Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones in its first fiscal quarter of 2013, so the number that choose to override its software is still relatively low.

It could get proportionally lower still since Apple is reported to be working on a new patch that will fill a number of the holes that evasi0n exploits, thus making it inoperable on devices that install the update once it is released. That’s according to evad3rs member David Wang (@planetbeing) who spoke to Forbes on the subject.

Far from defeated, Wang says the team will start over if the Apple update — which he believes will come out in around a month — does prevent the latest version of evasi0nfrom working.

“If they patch most of the bugs,” Wang says, “Then we’re starting from scratch.”

What is for sure, however, is that evasi0n has made jailbreaking a more mainstream activity than ever before, even with iOS 6.

Related reads: Jailbreaking: The community, the challenges and fighting Apple and Cydia and Jailbreak apps: The ecosystem, developers and increasing revenues

Thanks @mendmyiRiki

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evasi0n 1.3 To Jailbreak iPhone 4S on iOS 6.1.1 Released


As expected, evad3rs dev team has released evasi0n 1.3 to allow iPhone 4S users to jailbreak iOS 6.1.1.

Apple had surprised everyone by releasing iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S to fix 3G connectivity related issues earlier today.

Here’s the complete change log for the four versions of evasi0n released by the evad3rs tem this week:

Version 1.3:

  • Support for 6.1.1 on the iPhone 4S.

Version 1.2

  • Disable OTA updates.
  • Correct timezone issue in evasi0n binary if client fails to correct it.

Version 1.1

  • prevent Weather app from appearing on iPads.
  • mitigated the long reboot issue.
  • fix issue with not working after connecting multiple iOS devices
  • fix blinking of the jailbreak instructions on OS X.
  • codesigned Mac app.

Version 1.0

  • first public release

evad3rs dev team has also mentioned that evasi0n 1.3 should now correctly support OSX 10.5. They’ve also lowered the linux glibc requirement to 2.3

Head over to our download page to download the latest version of evasion for Mac, Windows or Linux.

evad3rs dev team is recommending users to update to iOS 6.1.1 by doing a full restore using iTunes. However, I’ve noticed that updating your iOS device to iOS 6.1.1 using iTunes should also work as long as you’ve manually taken a backup of your iOS device using iTunes before using the evasi0n tool.

If you need help then check out our step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak your iOS device using evasi0n jailbreak by clicking on the appropriate link below:

  • iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 2
  • iPod touch 5G, iPod touch 4G

Let us know how it goes in the comments.

Thanks D4 for the tip!