iPhone 4S And iPad 2 Jailbreak Downloaded Over 1 Million Times In 24 Hours



Last Friday the Chronic Dev Team released Absinthe, a free tool for jailbreaking the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on iOS 5.0 and 5.0.1. The release was met with such high demand that many were unable to install the jailbreak for nearly 24 hours due to intense traffic strains on the Greenpois0n.com servers.

Jailbreaking has become much more of a mainstream trend during the last few years, and the demand for this recent jailbreak reiterates that millions are still willing to hack their iPhones and iPads post-iOS 5.

Joshua Hill (also known as p0sixninja) is the frontman for the Chronic Dev Team. Hill has informed Cult of Mac that Absinthe received over 1 million first-day downloads on January 20th. This was before the Windows version of Absinthe was released the following day, so this number estimate is Mac downloads only.

To put this figure into perspective, the last public jailbreak to see such incredible adoption was the web-based JailbreakMe tool. The site served over 1 million jailbreaks for iOS 4 during its first day of availability last summer.

The success of Absinthe is notable in light of Apple’s recent software releases. Apple added over 200 new features in iOS 5 (several of which originated in the jailbreak community). Many argued that iOS 5 would remove the need to jailbreak because Apple had covered most of the bases this time around. Theoretically, if there are less reasons to jailbreak, then less people will jailbreak their devices. As the success of Absinthe illustrates, that is not the case.

Update: iPhone Dev Team hacker MuscleNerd has also tweeted that there were over 250,000 new Cydia installs over the weekend, indicating that a substantial fraction of Absinthe downloads were for first-time jailbreakers that created a Cydia ID.

Update 2: An official post on the Dev Team blog details the A5-based iOS device jailbreaks over the weekend:

  • 491,325 new iPhone (4S) devices
  • 308,967 new iPad 2 devices
  • 152,940 previously jailbroken iPad 2 devices

Total: 953,232 new A5 jailbreaks in a little over 3 days

  • Conrad MacIntyre

    I downloaded the Jailbreak and tried it out on my phone. Apparently Jailbreaking is only for the RICH. IntelliScreenX is $10. Infinifolders is $5. And many of the other tweaks I was interested in were in the $5 range. The only thing I wanted that was free was Activator and I used a “Swipe from bottom” to open the multitasking tray and it only works if I do it *really* slowly. I might as well click the home button twice. It works every time.

    Jailbreaking also disabled dictation in iMessage, added new notifications to my menu bar without asking me. And I can’t delete any of the jailbreak apps without going through some convoluted process. I am un-jailbreaking my phone.

    Waste of time.

  • MacHead84

    So about 1 percent of all iPhone 4S and iPad 2s are jailbroken? Staggering!!!

  • MacHead84

    Jailbreaking is mainly for teens who want to get themes. Under iOS5 no real need for an adult to jailbreak

  • Tim Meesseman

    In general, I agree, especially about themes. They’re just terrible. But I jailbreak for a couple things I can’t get in iOS 5:

    – Customer Notification Center widgets (SB Settings now integrates with NC, and quick access to today’s date is also nice)

    – The ability to hide icons I don’t want to see like Newsstand, Weather, Stocks, and Contacts

    – My3G (removes the limitations on 3G connections)

    -PDANet (free tethering, which I admit is against AT&T rules, but I don’t care)

  • Aj Tk427

    you need to spend a little time in the Jailbreak world before you throw it away.
    Cydelete will allow you to remove Jailbreak apps without the “convoluted process” Which by the way is Cydia->Manage->Packages select the installed package  Modify->Remove, wow that was difficult.

    While agree that these prices are steep, there are… other ways… around this. Besides, the programmers who create these don’t have nearly the amount of people buying their tweaks so they need to make some cash some how.

    The benefits of the tweaks far out weigh your few negatives
    3G Unrestrictor
    BB Settings or SB Settings

    Again just look around the jailbreak world and you will find the ways.

  • MacHead84

    When I did JB my phone I did enjoy My3G, MiWi, and SBsettings…but for me its just lost its appeal these days

  • ZeeKazim

    hmmm.. I jailbroke my iPad 2 this afternoon & restored it 20 minutes later. Wasn’t that interesting anymore – for some reason – it just wasn’t worth it for me..

  • Therealestmc

    Being able to change the iPhone dull and tired icons on the display is good sometimes. 

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