iOS Jailbreak App Evasi0n Installed on 7 Million iPhones Can’t Be Good For Apple

While it's debatable as to whether or not Apple really feels strongly one way or the other to jailbreaking, at least in terms of public and official confirmation, it's starting to become clearer. If you aren't aware, the term "jailbreak" describes an installation of software that overwrites critical parts of iOS in order to let unapproved applications run on iOS devices (iPod touch, iPhone and iPad). Over the years, jailbreaking has grown from a risky move attempted only by daredevil owners, to something that's far more mainstream. According to recent reports, the long-awaited iOS 6 jailbreak, termed evasi0n, has been installed over seven million times in a week. If that rate continues, who knows how many could download the program by the month's end.

Around 300 million iOS devices are presently running iOS 6, and while even 10 million wouldn't register as a huge swath in the grand scheme of things, it's still fairly telling: people want to be able to do things with their iOS products that Apple won't allow. Things like a tweaked notification screen, different icon layouts, deletion of stock Apple apps, and the ability to run unsigned software.

Pundits have argued that iOS' innovation has slowed somewhat, and iOS 6 brought little to the table compared to iOS 5. With some seven million people reaching for a jailbreak in just a week, it's obvious that there's demand for more than what Apple is shipping from the factory. So, are you one of those seven million? Plan to take the jailbreak plunge soon?