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[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by MOS6510 on Sun 10th Feb 2013 08:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

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"
weckart Member since:
2006-01-11

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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RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sun 10th Feb 2013 15:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

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.

That's bizarre to me because in my office I see the opposite. Every iphone owner I can think of (and there are many) is up-to-date when it comes to ios. Granted, I don't know what the breakdown is - those who intentionally update vs. people who do only because itunes pops up a notice.

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RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer
by MOS6510 on Sun 10th Feb 2013 16:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, yeah, it's hard to argue that.

It is strange that iOS users update so fast, yet so many never do. I recently upgraded someone's 3GS from iOS 4 to 6. Upgrading another one right now. This time from 6.0.1 to 6.1 though.

My guess is a lot of people never hook them up to iTunes or ignore OTA update notifications.

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