Apple have been battling against the jailbreaking community for almost as long as the iPhone has been around. The latest itteration of jailbreaking software, called evasi0n, has been a long time coming, but according to information recently published, it appears that it has been installed more than 7 million times in only six days.
According to Apple, there are over 300 million devices running iOS 6 and while 7 million+ is a small percentage of the overall ownership (2.3%) it perhaps does give an indication that a growing number of people are finding Apple’s mobile operating system a little too restrictive.
Jay Freeman, aka Saurik, the founder of Cydia, the application store that allow non-Apple sanctioned software to be installed on jailbroken iOS devices, has said in an interview that the share has been around 10% historically. The latest Jailbreak of iOS 6 seems to be going to topple this figure within a few short months time.
While Apple frown upon jailbreaking and attempt to block it at every turn, many people feel that the action isn’t criminal, but just a fun way to enhance their device without obeying the Apple restrictions.
In actual fact, to clarify, according to the latest revision to the DMCA updated in October 2012, jailbreaking your iDevice IS completely legal (no so for unlocking it seems) – so there is nothing legally to hold you back. If you to download the software (which is freeware) and need instructions on how to install it on your iPhone using a windows PC or Mac OS X, follow the appropriate links below:
iOS 6 caused a lot of problems for Apple, particularly as a result of the removal of Google Maps and the inclusion of their own, inferior package which basically failed to work in specific parts of the world. User Satisfaction dropped badly, according to analysis handled in a poll by OnDevice. The latest iOS actually dropped behind iOS5.
When you see the list of greatest applications in Cydia according to Gizmag, it is clear that there are many reasons for taking the move.
Apple used to be the option for people who didn’t want to comply with the rules of the dominating Windows Operating systems, but now it is actually reverse. Apple have more rules than any other company in this sector and many people are wanting something different and moving to Google Android or even Windows Phone. Nokia made their first quarterly profit in a very long time, thanks to sales of their latest Lumia 920 high end smartphone, so the sales figures are verifying a small shift away from Apple in many areas.
Anthony Wing Kosner said “Part of the problem for Apple (in general, a good problem to have) is that it has gone from being a platform for non-conformists to one for conformists. Want to really be out there? Get a Windows Phone! In many ways, Apple probably still thinks of itself as a rebel, an outlier, but in reality it is now more a maker of rules than a breaker of them. In the fast-moving world of consumer electronics, this can be a liability. The jailbreakers represent the non-conformist minority within Apple’s user base, and, as such, a vital part of its future.”
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