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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. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Jailbreak devices are on the decline. OH DIRRR!!!
      Of course as there is no jailbreak for IOS6 and AX5/AX6 devices so of course it'll be declining.
      When a jailbreak is finally released it will increase again.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      If we had Jailbreaks available for all iDevices then more people would jailbreak.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      I'm still on iOS 5. Passbook and maps application and all the other new things in iOS 6 can't compare to jail breaking tweaks by a long shot.
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      Those were the days when a jailbreak would be released a few days after Apple released their new firmware. Now days were lucky if we see one unteathered jailbreak a year. I upgraded to the iPhone 5 myself and really could care less when a jailbreak comes out. I do however need the jailbreak on my iPad as I do more work on it and rely on the tweaks.
      As apple incorporates more jailbreak features into their firmware it becomes less of a necessity.
      I also read something about jail breaking tablets was now illegal. If that's true, whos gonna publicly release it.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Yep makes sense, I'm not even jailbroken anymore..
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I did a restore the other night and was on 6.0.1 for about a 1/2 hour... It was weird to not be Jailbroken even for those thirty minutes... Downgraded back to where I was before the restore (5.1.1) and was relieved to not be on a stock iPhone... Jail-breaking is a passion, hobby, and almost a necessity for me... I would hate to be stuck without a jailbreak... I was only on a stock iPhone for 3 months one time because I upgraded to 3.0... I didn't know about jail-breaking yet and I didn't know then the power of jailbreak tweaks and utilities... My girl just got an iPad mini with wi fi only and I was stoked that she didn't get a data one cause we just got mywi from Cydia for $20 so we could tether it to our phones... Being Jailbroken saved us a ton of money compared to paying for tethering every month or paying for a data plan... There must be at least 20 Jailbroken tweaks and mods that I wouldn't want to live without... I get people asking me all the time how I changed my font, keyboard and dock and I tell em you gotta jailbreak... Then I show them messages+, SB settings, swipe nav, activator and some others just for starters and they trip out... People were stoked when notification center was introduced to the iOS, I laughed because I had a notification center for almost two years already... Jailbreak!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm sure when I JB is released those numbers will change. I also think a small factor is that Apple is adding more features to the iPhone so some people don't need to JB.
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Firewall IP - Why is this not at the top of everyone's list? You should see what "legitimate" apps are hauling off your iDevice.
      PMP - ditto to above (device id, contacts, sms, music collection, location) and not just sending it to themselves either.
      iBlacklist - people firewall (just because I have a phone it doesn't mean I want you to ring it all the time).

      To quote a famous poet name DMX "What is it you want from a n199a?!"

      PS Stock iDevices are laaaaaaame...
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cadexpt View Post
      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.
      This is apart of life. Many music artist are very talented and the same things happen to them as well as the record company that promotes them. I feel bad about it but it is nothing we can do about it.
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      I'm a bit disappointed in modmyI these days. I don't feel like it's the hacker friendly place it used to be. This article straight says the only reason any of use jailbreak is so we can steal apps. WTF?!? Then fails to acknowledge even the possibility that it may be because the biggest selling devices of the last 6 months are basically incapable of being jailbroken (most commenters have noticed that too) - an obvious reason for these numbers but ignored. If I wanted to be ignorantly chastised I'd head on over to a mainstream media site. sadness.
    1. freekdot1's Avatar
      freekdot1 -
      Definitely need Bitesms and jailbreak tweak where you can double tap and you lock your phone down ..I forgot the name
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Just give me springtomize and I'll give up my jailbreak. Springtomize is the real reason to jailbreak...
    1. staRang's Avatar
      staRang -
      Can't wait for the iPhone 5 jailbreak!!

      Firewall IP
      IntelliScreen X
      Mail Enhancer Pro

      ****. I can't wait.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      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.
      This is exactly what I wanted to say. There are so many iPhone 5 devices on the market, as well as 4S handsets running iOS 6, that are currently unable to be jail-broken. It would indeed be nice to see a statistic that only includes devices that can be jail-broken (and perhaps a separate one for just devices that can untethered as well), as it would very likely yield much different results, just as you said above.
    1. wateverko's Avatar
      wateverko -
      I miss RemoveBG with Activator. Having to remove the background manually sucks!!
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      No mod edit there is no untethered jailbreak yet
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I jailbreak my phone for the apps and tweaks that the iOS developers for whatever reason have not implemented yet. I love my WinterBoard, iBlacklist (a must have can filter my calls and text and it can auto reply a custom message for each of your contacts) and iRealsms.I could on but that is the top 3.
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      This article presumes that jailbreak = pirate. I am always first to jailbreak, last to pirate.
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Uhhh... It's not as easy as it used to be?
      The Dev team has not mastered A5 yet. Which sucks. And by the time they figure it out, Apple just releases a new update. Totally blows. I miss my Jailbroken device so so much.
    1. izzy1990's Avatar
      izzy1990 -
      Give me a way to quick reply messages by tapping on banner n i wont jailbreak nowadays people jb for the tweaks before it was only to pirate apps as a lot of tweaks weren't available