Untethered jailbreak tool evasi0n downloaded 7 million times, beats old records
The evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool may have been released just a few days ago, but a relatively huge number of people have already used it – about 7 million, to be more specific. Word comes from Jay Freeman, who is credited for being the man behind Cydia. His storefront, which is known for its selection of apps made for jailbroken iOS devices, has been visited from over 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touch media players running a version of iOS jailbroken with evasi0n.
All these figures make evasi0n the most successful in terms of adoption rate jailbreak tool ever released. Even the web-based JailbreakMe released back in 2011 wasn't adopted that fast as it reached "only" about 2 million users during the first four days of its existence.
In addition to being the most popular untethered jailbreak tool ever released, evasi0n is also the one that took the longest to arrive. That's not much of a surprise considering how tight the security measures implemented in iOS have been getting with each new release. Jailbreaking iOS 6.1 took 136 days, which is considerably longer than the 98 days that were needed to crack the iPhone 4S. In comparison, the iPhone 4 received its untethered jailbreak only 38 days after release, while the iPhone 3GS was dealt with in only 2 weeks' time.
As of this writing, the iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak is still possible using the evasi0n tool and the recent 6.1.1 update doesn't fix the cracks exploited by the hack. It is only a matter of time, however, until Apple patches the system, thus rendering the jailbreak tool useless.