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  • More Than 22M Devices Ran Cydia in Last Two Months, iPhone 4 Most Popular


    Cydia is the digital-content store that gets installed on your device when you jailbreak it with a tool such as redsn0w, Absinthe, or sn0wbreeze. Cydia is the place that jailbreakers can search for and download third-party applications that Apple would never have allowed in their App Store, such as applications, jailbreak tweaks, themes, and much more.

    Lately it has been figured that the jailbreak is "dying out" because of the lack of an untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 6. The iPhone 5, Apple’s latest iPhone, remains unjailbroken to this day, and Apple are expected to announce iOS 7 this summer. Regardless, iOS hackers pod2g and planetbeing remain diligent in their work, having made important progress along the way.

    According to a recent report from Techcrunch, Saurik (Jay Freeman) reveals that based on data he has obtained over the past couple of months, Cydia has been used on 22,780,029 iOS devices, spanning from iPhones to iPod touches to iPads, and running all kinds of different iOS versions. He also notes that in between jailbreak releases, the number of jailbreaks declines until the next jailbreak release, which by then the number of initial jailbreakers always comes out higher than the previous number:

    Originally Posted by Jay Freeman:
    Every time we release jailbreak, we get a massive spike of renewed interest, during which time people furiously are upgrading, jailbreaking, browsing packages, and purchasing products. They are seriously active users; that spike is so large that the rate it falls over time swamps the rate of organic user accumulation, so the overall usage of jailbreaking is always going down.
    Additionally, Saurik shows us how jailbreaking compares in popularity among different iOS devices. The iPhone 4 is the most popularly jailbroken device, capturing 34.9% of the jailbreak community, followed by other iPhone models:



    It’s not much of a surprise that the iPhone 4 is the most popular iPhone to be jailbroken, considering that the iPhone 4 is so easy to keep jailbroken because of the limera1n bootrom exploit. The iPhone 4S takes second place, at 20.4%. The iPhone 3GS takes third place, composing of 11.9% of the jailbreak community. It's interesting that the iPod touch 4G isn't as popular to jailbreak as the iPhone 4, however many people would jailbreak their iPhones merely for the ability to free themselves from carrier tethering rules and to use FaceTime over their cellular network, features that the iPod touch 4G lacks, so in a way it makes sense.

    Sources: Techcrunch via iClarified
    This article was originally published in forum thread: There Are More Than 22M Devices Running Cydia, iPhone 4 Most Popular started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      JailBreaking seems "dead" but really isn't. That is huge compared to how many people still can JailBreak right now. I mean that is most of the people who still can JailBreak so that's a whole lot. And it'll have a huge spike with the untethered 6.1 JailBreak coming soon and again with the BootRom coming within the year as well.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      JailBreaking seems "dead" but really isn't. That is huge compared to how many people still can JailBreak right now. I mean that is most of the people who still can JailBreak so that's a whole lot. And it'll have a huge spike with the untethered 6.1 JailBreak coming soon and again with the BootRom coming within the year as well.
      'Bootrom coming within the year'?!?!

      Where did u get that from? I haven't seen anything that mentions a bootrom exploit. Not sure if you're understanding correctly...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Yeah, there's definitely no news of a bootrom exploit coming out at this point in time.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      And the a5 isn't jailbroken either
      Goes without saying! It isn't in the Cydia breakdown so ...
      unless you live under a rock, everyone should know that the iphone 5,
      and all a6 chip devices are not jailbroken.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I have two devices: my jailbroken iOS 5.1.1 iPhone 4, and my iPhone 5, which is obviously not jailbroken.

      If my iPhone 5 were to be jailbroken, I'd have a very minimal amount of items installed on it. I personally prefer function over style, so I don't theme or anything like that.

      My iPhone 4, on the other hand, I use for testing. I also had a jailbroken iOS 6.0.1 iPod touch 4G laying around that I sold recently.

      So you can could me as two devices in that 22M devices running Cydia in the last two months .
      I agree. Even though I make themes, I haven't ran one in over a year! Lol.

      One of the best things about stock iOS is how smooth it is. I am looking forward to a jailbreak but am going to force myself to keep it to a minimum
    1. radioBirdman's Avatar
      radioBirdman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I have two devices: my jailbroken iOS 5.1.1 iPhone 4, and my iPhone 5, which is obviously not jailbroken.

      If my iPhone 5 were to be jailbroken, I'd have a very minimal amount of items installed on it. I personally prefer function over style, so I don't theme or anything like that.

      My iPhone 4, on the other hand, I use for testing. I also had a jailbroken iOS 6.0.1 iPod touch 4G laying around that I sold recently.

      So you can could me as two devices in that 22M devices running Cydia in the last two months .
      Hi Anthony. I too run an iPhone 4 on 5.1.1 but I theme it like a mofo, running Jaku, along with a number of UI changes. I also run a couple of other notorious RAM hogs like Springtomize2 & SBSettings.
      I'm curious to know how much RAM you have free after a reboot &/or respring on your device. My phone runs fine most of the time, but admittedly I use KillBackground along with a RAM-freeing tweak ALL THE TIME.
      I'd like to know just how much memory all this junk uses and I'm too lazy to uninstall it all for a test

      I've got 270MB free after a respring and that jumps to ~300 when I run my FreeMemory tweak. For comparison.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by radioBirdman View Post
      Hi Anthony. I too run an iPhone 4 on 5.1.1 but I theme it like a mofo, running Jaku, along with a number of UI changes. I also run a couple of other notorious RAM hogs like Springtomize2 & SBSettings.
      I'm curious to know how much RAM you have free after a reboot &/or respring on your device. My phone runs fine most of the time, but admittedly I use KillBackground along with a RAM-freeing tweak ALL THE TIME.
      I'd like to know just how much memory all this junk uses and I'm too lazy to uninstall it all for a test

      I've got 270MB free after a respring and that jumps to ~300 when I run my FreeMemory tweak. For comparison.
      Do yourself a favor. Quit refreshing your ram. Ram is there for a purpose. The purpose is to store common used information so your phone doesn't have to restart the entire processes.

      iOS is built to recycle your memory so when you need more than what's available it will shut down the older apps.

      Keeping things stored in memory can help gain battery life. Because your device does not have to do as much as it does when it actually has to load things from scratch.

      Think of it this way. Your brain stores information in your memory. Think about how difficult life would be if you kept wiping your memory. Lol.

      As long as there are minimal active processes stored memory is really doing other other than temporarily storing information
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      Do yourself a favor. Quit refreshing your ram. Ram is there for a purpose. The purpose is to store common used information so your phone doesn't have to restart the entire processes.

      iOS is built to recycle your memory so when you need more than what's available it will shut down the older apps.

      Keeping things stored in memory can help gain battery life. Because your device does not have to do as much as it does when it actually has to load things from scratch.

      Think of it this way. Your brain stores information in your memory. Think about how difficult life would be if you kept wiping your memory. Lol.

      As long as there are minimal active processes stored memory is really doing other other than temporarily storing information
      +1
      And constantly clearing Memory (I've noticed) actually slows down the entire device. If you free RAM too much, it'll actually crash your phone!!!
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      Do yourself a favor. Quit refreshing your ram. Ram is there for a purpose. The purpose is to store common used information so your phone doesn't have to restart the entire processes.

      iOS is built to recycle your memory so when you need more than what's available it will shut down the older apps.

      Keeping things stored in memory can help gain battery life. Because your device does not have to do as much as it does when it actually has to load things from scratch.

      Think of it this way. Your brain stores information in your memory. Think about how difficult life would be if you kept wiping your memory. Lol.

      As long as there are minimal active processes stored memory is really doing other other than temporarily storing information
      Exactly! I couldn't have said it better.

      This is one of the biggest features of iPhones that set them apart from the "others". Why on earth would you want to inhibit its functioning? Just so you can see a larger number? I guess some people don't realize how these phones really work. They just apply some kind of old school knowledge to it.

      Well said Suby
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      Exactly! I couldn't have said it better.

      This is one of the biggest features of iPhones that set them apart from the "others". Why on earth would you want to inhibit its functioning? Just so you can see a larger number? I guess some people don't realize how these phones really work. They just apply some kind of old school knowledge to it.

      Well said Suby
      Right. I don't get this thought process. Lol.

      As a base of comparison so everyone can see. Below is a screen shot of my available memory on my iPhone 5.




      The way memory works on an iPhone is when you open a program and close it out it saves the apps "state" in your memory. This is literally just stored information so your device can "remember" where you left off.

      These are not active processes. Now there are apps that are poorly coded and can keep draining you in the background, but again it has nothing to do with the memory being used and everything to do with that its an active process using processing power.

      As you can see from my screen shot I only have 34mb free on my iPhone 5. It's obviously not jailbroken and I get around 9 hours of usage out of the battery and it runs just as fast as it does on a fresh boot.

      Just like king said. This is why iOS back grounding process is awesome. Because you really don't need full processes running in the background on an phone. Some would fully disagree with me but this is my opinion and its not going to change. Your all welcome to have your own

      Also apple is really smart when it comes to music. Rather than keep the full app running in the background. When you exit out it only keeps what it needs to play music going. This helps minimize battery drain and also helps not waste processing power so it can be used else where.
    1. Faresismail's Avatar
      Faresismail -
      Hey guys, will there be a tethered ios 6.1 as soon as the fw comes out ( for iphone 4 ) or will we have to wait for limera1n to update there botroom exploit?
    1. radioBirdman's Avatar
      radioBirdman -
      Thanks for the feedback folks. I'll keep it in mind and slow down on the freeing the RAM. It's become a habit because I was of the understanding the battery drained quicker if too much was stored in the memory.
      I'll leave it be and see how it goes
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by radioBirdman View Post
      Thanks for the feedback folks. I'll keep it in mind and slow down on the freeing the RAM. It's become a habit because I was of the understanding the battery drained quicker if too much was stored in the memory.
      I'll leave it be and see how it goes
      No problem. I actually stopped viewing my available memory at one point. Because when I see it I want it to be a big number. Lol.

      Anyway. Im sure others will disagree with me on the ram thing but oh we'll lol

      Quote Originally Posted by Faresismail View Post
      Hey guys, will there be a tethered ios 6.1 as soon as the fw comes out ( for iphone 4 ) or will we have to wait for limera1n to update there botroom exploit?
      iPhone 4 is "jailbroken for life". The method they found to jailbreak is hardware related. Apple can't patch the hole. So yes. The iPhone 4 will always be jail breakable. Only thing that may cause a little wait is if they have to update redsnow or whatever jailbreak tool used to tether the jailbreak
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      Wow that's such a interesting fact seeing that people w/ newer devices DON'T HAVE A JAILBREAK!!!
    1. radioBirdman's Avatar
      radioBirdman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      Wow that's such a interesting fact seeing that people w/ newer devices DON'T HAVE A JAILBREAK!!!
      Perhaps you should develop one?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      Wow that's such a interesting fact seeing that people w/ newer devices DON'T HAVE A JAILBREAK!!!
      I don't see where you're going with this.

      Quote Originally Posted by Faresismail View Post
      Hey guys, will there be a tethered ios 6.1 as soon as the fw comes out ( for iphone 4 ) or will we have to wait for limera1n to update there botroom exploit?
      Yes. iPhone 4 will have a jailbreak as long as hackers keep the jailbreak tools updated for the latest firmwares. Because of the bootrom exploit, there is no way for Apple to patch it.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      I mentioned some time ago, that Saurik would have a list of users running Cydia.
      For the ill-informed, Jailbreaking is NOT DEAD!
      This is a substantial number.
      Watch what happens when IOS 6 is jailbroken for the Iphone 5!

      P.S. The reason for the difference between the 4 and 4S is due to the fact
      that the Iphone 4 was a major upgrade over the 3Gs and it has been out
      longer that the 4S.
      I think that this article and your comment is misunderstood. People are not saying JAILBREAKING is unwanted they are saying that the ability to Jailbreak is dead. Obviously the people with the older devices are going to keep visiting Cydia and remain with their jailbreak. Who the hell wouldn't?
      I do believe that the ability to jailbreak is quickly coming to an end. As newer more secure iOS's and devices are released the older devices will fall off apples supported list and then all they'll have are what I like to call Commi phones (apple tells you how, what, where, and when you can use it).