By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 09, 2013 09:39 AM EST
The latest iOS 6.x jailbreak dubbed evasi0n has proved to be the most popular jailbreak in history, hitting seven million installs in just four days.
The new jailbreak allows users to jailbreak all iDevices running in iOS 6.x, except for the third-generation Apple TV. This means it can jailbreak the iPhone 5 as well. Moreover, the new jailbreak created by the evad3rs team is untethered, which means that it doesn't require going through the process again after a boot.
The evasi0n jailbreak made its debut on Monday, Feb. 4, and in just four days it has seen over seven million devices tampered with, according to jailbreak app store Cydia administrator Jay Freeman. The number is most likely higher by now, and it continues to grow.
With such a whopping number of installs, evasi0n is the most quickly adopted jailbreak software of all time, generating far more installs than previous jailbreaks such as iOS 5.1.1's Redsn0w, the previously available jailbreak before evasi0n.
"As of Thursday night, Freeman's alternative app store had received visits from 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches that were jailbroken with evasi0n, the first jailbreaking software for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.1," Forbes reported. "Though he doesn't have exact figures for previous jailbreaks, Freeman says that evasi0n has brought Cydia 'insanely new traffic' than the release of the jailbreak tool called Absinthe that worked on some versions of iOS 5."
Forbes further points out that even Comex' Jailbreakme3, one of the most popular jailbreaks of 2011, only saw 1.4 million installs during its first nine days online. Freeman reportedly linked this great difference to the amount of time that it took to break iOS 6, i.e. 136 days, compared to the 98 days it took to crack the iPhone 4S. According to him, evasi0n has proved to be such a "landmark jailbreak" due to pent-up demand.
Evasi0n comes as the first untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.x devices, and exploits five distinct bugs in the iOS 6 code. On Thursday, Feb. 7, evasi0n got an update to version 1.1, fixing a glitch that caused the weather app to crash. The untethered iOS 6.x Evasi0n jailbreak is available on the evasi0n Web site, and works with OS X, Windows, and Linux.