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  • Cydia Developers were Paid an Estimated $8 Million in Sales Last Year

    The creator of Cydia, Jay “Saurik” Freeman, unveiled some pretty astonishing statistics to the public today during his recent presentation at JailbreakCon. According to Saurik, Cydia developers were paid an estimated $8 million in sales last year. Although he claimed it was difficult for him to track the number of jailbroken iOS devices out in the public specifically, he does know that an average 1.5 million users open Cydia each day. With the popularity of iOS devices increasing, so is the popularity of jailbreaking as more and more people start to delve into the endeavor.

    Freeman continued by quoting a Flurry Analytics study from 2010, where he described a trend of 6% - 12% of all iOS devices running Cydia at any given time. This is due to Cydia being typically installed by default for users to find tweaks, hacks, themes, and more for their iOS devices. One thing he mentioned was the rollercoaster tendencies in the amount of jailbroken devices throughout the year. This is due to a drought season that iOS devices and their respective software undergo between major iOS releases from Apple. When a new jailbreak such as the recent Absinthe 2.0 is released, the number of jailbroken iOS devices tends to lean towards the higher end of the spectrum (nearing 12%) while a major iOS release, such as iOS 6 causes that number to drop to the lower end of the spectrum (nearing 6%).

    Although the number of jailbroken iOS devices remains a small fraction of the number of devices sold worldwide, it is quite impressive to see that $8 million was given to Cydia developers in the past year alone. This is extra surprising due to the fact that the community is often characterized by piracy and the number of users who actually pay for Cydia content tends to be a lot lower than the number of people actually using content from Cydia. Imagine how far ahead jailbreak tweaks, hacks, and themes would be if more people actually supported the cause by coughing up the price for content.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cydia Developers were Paid an Estimated $8 Million in Sales Last Year started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I'm a huge fan of apple products. I started off with an iPod and loved it. Moved on to the iPod touch 2nd gen and was amazed. I was introduced to jailbreaking due to searching online cool things to do with an iPod touch. Youtube videos popped up showing vWallpaper!!!!!! I was in awwww. The iphone 4 is my first iPhone and could never imagine not having it jailbroken. iOS has some eye appealing and functional features but cydia made it a cant live without. Because of cydia apple has also even influenced by
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      I don't think iOS is junk when not jail broken. You can still use iOS powerfully but I do agree with the fact that they aren't as good when they aren't jail broken. Apple isn't going very fast with the ability of giving people more control to customize their devices fully.
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      that bitter sweet feeling of having a brand new powerful iPhone 5 and no jailbreak in near future.
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      I owned iphone 3 gs two of them black n white ipod touch 3rd generation ipod touch 4 th generation iphone 4 ..the only reason i fell in love with ios is because of the jailbreak ...without it the customization that apple allows is so limited you do feel free when its jailbroken gives u ownership ...anybody who thinks ios is fun without jailbreak hahahhahah excuse my lack of punctuation or grammar its the internet idgaf just stating my opinion
    1. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
      RokeSmoreMeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by izzy1990 View Post
      Why would apple do that they are sellin 6-12% more phones because of jailbreak think about how many people would stop buying iphones if there was no jailbreak plus apple gets its ideas from the jb community
      Bingo! Apple will never fully stop jailbreaking, not because they don't want to, but because R&D, QA, etc... is damn expensive. Since they're just going to steal Cydia devs' more popular ideas anyway, they're practically getting all of that for $8 million. That's a steal.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      All that money comes from programs and tweaks. Themes are rampantly thieved. Programs aren't subjective - they either work or they don't. Art, on the other hand, is different for everyone. Subjective material is more likely to be stolen because if they don't like it they think it's the fault of the creator for not making it better. That's why movies and music is pirated so often - the pirates convince themselves that because they didn't like the movie they were justified in taking it. That's also why pirates are, or appear to be, so cynical and jaded a group.

      Want to see proof of this cynicism? Go over to TorrentFreak and search for the Top Ten Movies On BitTorrent list. Choose any of those articles then scroll down and read the comments. Its mostly comments about how much those movies suck. If they actually enjoyed the movie they wouldn't be justified in taking it.

      There's a cynicism to pirates that programmers and coders (back-enders) don't have to deal with. Which is probably why Saurik doesnt give a turd about a better WinterBoard program for artists.
    1. Luismiguellopezx's Avatar
      Luismiguellopezx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jj2345 View Post
      I agree 100%
      I think iOS is very boring without a jailbreak. I am finally getting my iPhone 5 this Monday and without a jailbreak I don't know how I'm gonna deal with a super fast iPhone with no cool tweaks and themes :-(
      Im the same way without the jailbreak iphone woundnt be the iphone. If fact i have the iphone 5 and it sucks *** with the new apps like maps and appstore it crash a lot !!! Giving me error of connections with the service!!! And most important youtube app!! I totally miss the old app!!! But i still have my iphone 4 so i can still go back to my tweeks
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Now Saurik can afford razor and shaving cream lmao
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      >Buys iPod touch
      >Installs Open iBoot for main OS

      "Jailbreak has made iOS devices more popular"
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Glocknine View Post
      Its the otherway around!
      iOS devices became popular because of Jailbreak, without jailbreak ios devices are junk
      I agree. But i love the macs.... :P