Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Feb 2013 01:01 UTC
Apple "Over the last half a week, Apple has been hit with the largest mass-hacking incident in its history. And the perpetrators were the company's own users. Nearly seven million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners have cracked Apple's restrictions on their devices using the jailbreaking tool Evasi0n since the tool was released Monday morning, according to the latest count from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the app store for jailbroken devices known as Cydia. That makes the iOS-hacking app the fastest-adopted jailbreak software of all time, Freeman says." Because, of course, only nerds and geeks jailbreak. There's also a technical analysis of the jailbreak.
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sun 10th Feb 2013 01:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Put them next to a group of 500 million iOS users and they are the much smaller group.

Sure, 7 M is a big nummer, but a small percentage of the total people that could jailbreak.

The point is that it doesn't really matter what percentage of the total 7 million is -- 7 million is a lot of people.

Of those 7 M a large number probably didn't even perform the jailbreak themselves. The actual number of people that really do the jailbreaking is much smaller than 7 M.

Where did you hear this? Jailbreaking an iphone is as easy as downloading an app, running it, and waiting for it to finish. It takes more effort to sync or backup an iphone with itunes and everyone from kids to grandmas manage to do that no problem.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by MOS6510 on Sun 10th Feb 2013 08:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Yes, 7 million is a big number. But I don't think we must forget that the pool is pretty huge. If it was much smaller it would be more difficult to reach such a number. Also as the percentage of the total iOS users is pretty low the negative impact is also very low.

It's pretty easy to find random people in the street having an iPhone, but finding one that is jailbroken is much harder.

It's still early days, that 7 million number will probably go up a lot over time.

Regarding jailbreaking for others: I've been asked to jailbreak a number of devices and I know a lot of people ask others to perform these kind of tasks (for money even), not just related to the iPhone, but also to game consoles and Microsoft Products.

I never jailbroke a phone for anyone. I did jailbreak my iPhone 3G when I already had a new iPhone and it made me decide to never do it to my current phone, because it totally sucks. Mind you, this was NOT an easy process.

Then again I don't think it matters much if everybody does his own jailbreak or people help each other out. It's the intention and result that counts. It's pretty much the same wether you ask your computer to jailbreak or make someone else press the button.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by weckart on Sun 10th Feb 2013 15:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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The point is 7m in four days. Four days!

iPhones and iPads have been on sale for years and many of those have probably never updated past the OS iteration that they were sold with if my circle of friends and work colleagues is anything to go by.

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