TechCrunch had a very interesting post today, going Behind The Scenes Of The iPhone 5 Jailbreak. The report covers the history of Jailbreak, if a Jailbreak is still necessary, and if people are still interested in Jailbreaking their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
In an interview with Cydia founder Saurik, or Jay Freeman, he tells TechCrunch that the current number of devices running Jailbreak in the past 2 months is 22,780,029, that’s a boatload of Jailbreak. The developer was asked if people are still interested in Jailbreak and if numbers have dropped recently, the answer is “yes” to both.
While Apple has added many features in the most recent iOS 6 that are somewhat clones of Jailbreak tweaks, there is still an abundance of ground that Apple has yet to cover. Many users Jailbreak to customize their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to their liking, adding things like themes, tweaks, and apps that Apple may never add or approve into the App Store. Freeman mentions that there has been a drop in Jailbreak users because iOS 6 has yet to be Jailbroken on many newer devices.
The iPhone 4 is the most popular device running Jailbreak, which isn’t much surprise since many carriers now offer it for free with a 2-year contract, and it is also a pre-A5 device that can run a tethered Jailbreak on iOS 6. The iPhone 4S is the runner up for Jailbreak users since most owners are still on iOS 5.1.1, which can run an Untethered Jailbreak. Many features that have been added in iOS 6 can be cloned with Jailbreak Tweaks on iOS 5.
The Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak has yet to make an appearance to the public eye, but it is very much in its final stages. Earlier today Pod2G, iOS hacker working on the Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak, tweeted that planetbeing and himself found two new vulnerabilities in iOS 6 and are just missing the initial code execution for the Jailbreak to be public.
People worrying about the Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak taking too long should just be patient. The Jailbreak for iOS 6 will soon be released and the wait in normal since Apple tends to up security with every new iOS update.
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