Saurik: 18M devices running iOS 6 visited Cydia during evasi0n’s 6 week run

By , Mar 20, 2013

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Yesterday, we bid farewell to one of the most infamous jailbreaks of all time: evasi0n. Born on February 4, it lasted nearly 6 weeks before Apple finally disabled it by way of the iOS 6.1.3 software update it issued yesterday.

It certainly served its purpose though. According to Jay Freeman, aka Saurik, Cydia saw more than 18 million unique iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, running iOS 6 (or later), visit during the jailbreak’s 6-week long run…

Forbes Andy Greenberg, speaking with Freeman, reports:

“In the six weeks since evasi0n was released, however, close to 18 million devices have already been jailbroken, according to data from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken devices. He says he’s counted 18.2 million unique devices running iOS 6 visiting Cydia, including 13.8 million iPhones, 3.4 million iPads, and 1.1 million iPod Touches.”

It’s worth noting, though, that it’s quite possible evasi0n isn’t responsible for jailbreaking all 18 million devices. While they have their caveats, both RedSn0w and Sn0wBreeze have the ability to jailbreak older devices on iOS 6.

But even if it only accounted for 17 million, that’d still be impressive. As Greenberg points out, Comex’s popular JailbreakMe 3 hack was only used around 2 million times during its life cycle—remember, though, it only lasted 9 days.

The evasi0n jailbreak lasted for 43 days, and through 2 software updates. Apple finally took it out yesterday, patching multiple exploits used in the hack. Four of the update’s six security fixes were attributed to the evad3rs.

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  • http://twitter.com/_Hashtag_iPhone Hashtag_iPhone

    Super!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

    That a whole lot of devices.. More than many other manufacturers could only dream of selling.

  • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

    If Jailbreak was a paid process, maybe for 2 bucks
    2* 18000000 = 36000000$ OMG!!

    • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

      Don’t forget, approx. 1,000,000 would pirate it in some way. so… only $34,000,000.

      • http://twitter.com/Cesuva Matthew

        Going by the piracy rates on Cydia, which are usually extraordinarily high (let’s say 90%), jailbreakers would pirate the software 9/10 times. This would mean that the Evad3rs would get $1.8m, which is still pretty high for such a huge piracy rate.

      • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

        But if it was an appstore app and apple had a say in the piracy matter by helping provide a solution, chances are overall pirate rates would drop by at least 45%. And i figure they can sell the damn jailbreak app for ten bucks and still get close to 10mil positive purchases, and thats all within 6 months. imagine if apple jumped on board years ago. its a minimum 1bil dollar industry in that time, provided piracy is controlled.. Dump apples(hold your tongue while you say it)

  • Antzboogie

    Evasi0n was the best thing to happen to an Apple Device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zacksloane Zachary Sloane

    The fact that it’s patched at all makes me a saaaaad panda!

  • Jonathan

    How many iPhone are there? As in anyone worked out the % of jailbroken devices? I don’t get why anyone would upgrade to 6.1.3, it offers nothing. If Apple were clever they would’ve waited till iOS 7 to patch the exploits, now the jailbreakers have a few months to find new exploits they can potentially use in iOS7.

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

      What you say makes no sense. We have to search for new exploits anyway, and we can’t start until iOS 7 releases, that would be waste of time, as we don’t know what iOS 7 could potentially fix.

      • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

        Duh, betas.

      • Jonathan

        Planetbeing says they have exploits but have kept them secret so Apple doesn’t patch them (so they can use those exploits to find others). So it’s quite possible for exploits to be found before a new release and still work afterwards. And anyway Apple have just stopped 18 million devices from upgrading, so if they really need to release an update (say there is a major security issue, or some date problem that noone has foreseen), many people will choose the jailbreak over the update and then things might go badly for their device. It’s completely illogical to prevent an exploit on a point release (x.1) nevermind a point of a point release (x.x.1).

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

        Yes, planetbeing said that, but these Exploits weren’t intentionally searched, but were found before the evasi0n exploits. And no, they won’t search for exploits now, they don’t do that anymore since iOS 5 when they had 5 Exploits while Beta and all were suddenly fixed when the final of iOS 5 released.

        If there’s any major issue, then it’s not Apple’s Problem, the don’t give a fuck about the Jailbreak. I don’t see why that’s illogical in your opinion. Don’t forget, the evasi0n exploits could also be used in a malicious way!

    • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

      Approx 3% of all iDevices in the world are jailbroken, based on my calculations. That is if there are 510,000,000 iDevices on Earth with 18,000,000 jailbroken.

      • Jonathan

        Where did you get 510,000,000 from?

      • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

        In Jan 2013 Apple had sold 500,000,000 and I just guessed 510,000,000.

      • http://twitter.com/Cesuva Matthew

        I got 3.5%

      • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

        I did too.. Just said approx 3%

      • Rick

        That’s just on iOS 6.0 to 6.1.2?????

      • http://twitter.com/Lagax_ Lagax

        Wrong. Like I mentioned above we have like 6-8, firstly there are 23 Million jail broken devices. Second you have to exlude some old Devices.

      • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

        mmk. I guessed. Never said it was right.

    • http://twitter.com/Lagax_ Lagax

      4,18% of all iDevices purchased are jailbroken… But you do have to exclude iDevices that have been trashed or something. Like iPhone 1’s. So we’d may be at like 6-8%.

  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

    Don’t worry, iOS Users, there will still be Jailbreaks in the future. Even the “normal” Tweak Developers – like me – are now starting to pay a lot of attention to what happens in iOS and sit hours trying random stuff just to find vulnerabilities in iOS. And you all should do the same: Read up on old exploits, read up on iOS in general, read i0n1c’s Kernel Exploit slides and help Jailbreaking to stay alive!

    • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

      start by typing random junk in the safari url. preferably a reaalllyy long string as I would think… OVERFLOW

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

        Hah, no nowadays it’s not that simple anymore :P
        Better try playing around with low-level shit.

      • Wassim Omais

        Those were the days… that was all it took. Now they have KASLR and crap and I can’t even keep up.

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      I wish i0n1c wasn’t a troll. He had some heavy duty exploits back in the 4.3.x time. Three firmwares and Apple still didn’t fix the jailbreak.

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

        Same with evasi0n… 6.1, 6.1.1 and 6.1.2 were still vulnerable.

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        True. I agree with you. Though it sucks that 6.1.2 didn’t stay vulnerable for too long compared to 4.3.3. I guess the lockscreen bug totally messed up everything and made Apple integrate the jailbreak patch along with the lockscreen bug fix.

    • Mac_Guy

      Is there a PodGizmo connector for the iPhone 5?

      • Guest

        Even if there was, it’s useless, we can’t debug the kernel on devices without Bootrom exploit afaik

  • pauleebe

    Apple, please take this seriously. This could amount up to 18 million less shipments per year due to disappointed Apple fanboys moving to other platforms.

  • Patrick Mock

    Dont worry guys i still belive in the developers/hackers and you should too becuz they will i repeat will develop another jailbreak for this IOS version in at least the next few months

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

      Haha. Are you 5 years old? Stop believing in fairytales. Next Jailbreaks not coming before December.

  • SoCoMagNuM

    Good stuff evasion

  • http://twitter.com/iPod_touch Jordan Dixon

    Why is this jailbreak ‘infamous’? I think it’s got a pretty good reputation. Hitler is ‘infamous’.

    • http://twitter.com/xdracco Juan

      i was wondering the same thing. seems like just another jailbreak….

    • thetruthsetsmefree

      just sayin you look like 1 gay motherfucker

      • thetruthsetsmefree

        just jokin

    • Guest

      Someone should release a Jailbreak-Tool called “Hitler” lol

    • Guest

      Don’t say “Hitler” when Othter Germans are listening.

  • Ernie Marin

    So why are we saying goodbye to it?, just because it doesn’t work now, doesn’t mean it’s over for it, after all redsnow lasted for 3 versions of ios before ending it. and besides just stay on 6.1.2, let’s face it ios 6 has ran it’s course and apple is probably preparing for ios 7, and that’s what the team need to focus on now.

  • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

    I have iPhone 4S running with Ios 5.1.1, and i never wont upgrade it, NEVER. Its the most stable software out for this iphone at the moment. ios 6.x.x is unstable and unsecure, and i like to keep my device at 5.1.1 as long as the phone is working.

    • Nick Darpino

      I also running 5.1.1 on my 4. Did upgrade to 6.0.1 & did not see any advantage so went back. Very stable running many tweaks and no crashes

  • amjed

    so no more ( Jailbreak ) :'(

    apple without Jailbreak is nothing to some people

  • ClaudieX X

    Best thing to do by Apple is Hire The Evasi0n group and Saurik and let them do iOS 7. It will be the best Phone ever !!!

    • Mila

      Agree !!!

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

      Total Bullshit. The Jailbreak itself isn’t making the iPhone good, the Tweaks do. To make it the “best Phone ever” Apple would have to hire the Tweak Developers.

      • ClaudieX X

        Thats the exact reason I said SAURIK !!!
        100% of tweaks pass through him, so he knows exacly what people wants. He has the list of all the downloads of Cydia, so he has the key of people desires about the iPhone.

      • Guest

        LOL; Dude, nothing passes through Saurik, he has absolutely no control about any Tweaks, except for those on his Repo. Get your facts straight you fucking retard. And once you’re done with that, shoot yourself.

      • ClaudieX X

        Poor baby boy… Adults are talking… Go and play snakes with your nokia 1100. Or with your tiny snake…
        And YES he knows how many downloads of every tweak on cydia had been downloaded. Knowing that, you can make a best seller.

      • Guest

        He does not, you fucking retard. Did you fall on your head when you were a baby? Just shut the fuck up if you have no fucking clue. People like you should all be shot.

    • http://twitter.com/Lagax_ Lagax

      NO! Cydia -> worst installer ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ishaanmalhotra92 Ishaan Malhotra

    Saurik please jailbreak ios 6.1.3. I’ll die without a jailbreak:(

    • felixtaf

      Then you will have to die… Saurik is not a Jailbreaker! :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/ishaanmalhotra92 Ishaan Malhotra

        Haha..evaders*

      • felixtaf

        lol

  • felixtaf

    Those who say iPhone is nothing without jailbreak must listen to this… 18 million devices Jailbroken with evasion (Approx), but Apple sold nearly 45 million devices in 4th quarter alone!
    I guess, iPhone s something even without jailbreak, not nothing!

    • WolfgangHoltz

      A phone without root access is a phone. A smartphone without root access is also just a phone..

      • felixtaf

        So according to you only Android phones are smartphones, rest are not??? What a pathetic fanboy you are….

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

        Android has no root access…
        It has to be rooted and that’s kinda like jailbreaking. Just easier.

      • WolfgangHoltz

        You must have problem with your eyes or maybe you can’t read. Did I mention Android or any operating system. I only stated that a smartphone without root access is just a phone.

  • http://twitter.com/xdracco Juan

    i wish i could unread this article.

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

      Get drunk.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    LoL. 4 of the 6 exploit fixes were evader assisted. Now tht takes the god damn cake. Imbeciles.

  • Qiren_94

    Jailbreak is dead, they said. There won’t be anymore jailbreaks they said.

  • sault

    That almost whole Australia¡¡¡¡

  • sault

    The only reason i jumped to Iphone 5 was because Evasi0n.

  • Des

    F*** U Apple,Just open up already!!