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  • Umeng: Jailbroken iOS Devices are on the Decline


    Mobile app makers that are looking to enter the Chinese market or perhaps even the mobile app market overall have some good news to look forward to. Not only are there roughly 200 million Android and iOS devices in circulation in China, but jailbreaking is down from last year. According to Umeng, the biggest Chinese mobile app analytics company, only 42.4% of mainland iOS devices are jailbroken, down from 51% in the second quarter of 2011. The number does seem quite astonishing but Umeng says jailbreaking is down because Apple started to allow consumers to use local bank cards over the last year in the App Store.

    One may ask, why exactly a decreasing number of jailbroken phones is important. If you havenít guessed it already, itís because there are fewer chances for consumers to pirate apps or in-app purchases, which eats into profit margins of developers.

    If the trend is apparent in China, it might very well be likely that the case is the same in other countries as well. Especially with the jailbreak for newer iOS devices still in the development stage, consumers who decided to jump the bandwagon to the latest iterations of their favorite iOS devices are still currently left without a jailbreak. This in itself prevents piracy since the option isnít even available to many consumers.

    Based on the facts about the status of the jailbreak along with the fact that Appleís market share is slightly declining, Umeng states that jailbreaking seems to be on the decline.

    I personally am not using a jailbroken iPhone at the moment. Although I do miss having certain tweaks that added additional features to the iOS platform that I found useful, I donít see myself in dire need of using them. How about you? Are you using a jailbroken iOS device? What are your thoughts on being jailbroken?

    Source: Umeng via TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Umeng: Jailbroken iOS Devices are on the Decline started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. lilrican21's Avatar
      lilrican21 -
      I miss deck!
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      I desperately miss swype or swipe whichever one lets you swipe left and right to move the cursor. Such a great tweak!
    1. carlos6438's Avatar
      carlos6438 -
      Give me Bite SMS and I wont jailbreak... IJS
    1. Gaijinboy's Avatar
      Gaijinboy -
      Couldn't this simple be due to an influx of new devices, unbroken?

      If this was given as a percentage of breakable devices, this would be a different story.
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      The apps/tweaks I need are:

      1. Infinidock
      2. Infinifolders
      3. BiteSMS
      4. SBSettings
    1. david2082's Avatar
      david2082 -
      I miss having a jailbreak on my phone. I knew I would be stuck without a jailbreak for a long time when I upgraded to the iPhone 5. I still have my iPad 3 jailbroken on 5.1.1. I'm not giving that up for anything. Siri is not enough of an upgrade for me to give up my jailbreak. My iPhone 5 does seem plain, I miss tweaks like Shrink and Swipe. I also miss Ayecon. I hope jailbreaking doesn't become a thing of the past.
    1. Spliff1's Avatar
      Spliff1 -
      I am on the new iPhone 5 with out a jailbreak. Do miss the ability to customise the phone but am happy to wait for the jailbreak.
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gaijinboy View Post
      Couldn't this simple be due to an influx of new devices, unbroken?

      If this was given as a percentage of breakable devices, this would be a different story.
      My thoughts exactly, the most jailbroken device just so happens to be the only one with a untethered 6.0 jailbreak. Everyone else is patiently waiting.
    1. Cadexpt's Avatar
      Cadexpt -
      I jailbreak my devices to customize the device to better suit my needs. I am against pirating software 100%. Developers deserve to be paid for their work. My favorite jailbreak apps are infinidock, CyDelete, Display Out, Gridlock, icon renamer, IntelliScreen X, SBSettings & Springtomizer 2.
    1. iphone4g-pro's Avatar
      iphone4g-pro -
      the users buy the new devices , and not jailbreak out for iPhone 5 …
    1. nityanandachandra's Avatar
      nityanandachandra -
      Smartdailer
      Lockinfo
      sbsettings
      and some of the protections software, I miss
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      My daily use iPhone isn't jailbroken either. But that's only because there's no jailbreak for it yet.
    1. Sk8r4life66's Avatar
      Sk8r4life66 -
      Im running a jailbroken ipod touch 1g and highly recomend jailbreaking to anyone who is still thinking about it 
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlos6438 View Post
      Give me Bite SMS and I wont jailbreak... IJS
      And intelliscreen x! And I will be happy! Still don't know why apple dont allow tweaks and charge for them
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      If iOS 6 had a tethered jailbreak, these numbers would be higher.
    1. ScottyColorado's Avatar
      ScottyColorado -
      I have oddly been ok with my IP5 and no jailbreak. I do however miss some of the "essential" jailbreaks.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      I remember when there were only 20 million jailbroken and it was bordering on about 20% man this is a huge jump still. I had no idea its gone up so much.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by DayumQuitPlayin View Post
      The apps/tweaks I need are:

      1. Infinidock
      2. Infinifolders
      3. BiteSMS
      4. SBSettings
      Definite must haves
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      My daily use iPhone isn't jailbroken either. But that's only because there's no jailbreak for it yet.
      Same for me now too. I just swapped out my jailbroken 4S for iPhone 5. Mainly I miss RingerVIP and the lockscreen weather tweak I had. The DND is nice but still just shy of the features RingerVIP had.
    1. Justahbu's Avatar
      Justahbu -
      That will change once the iso 6 untethered is out for more then 1 device lol