Ready for some simply astonishing numbers? 34.6%, slightly over one-third, of all iDevices in China are jailbroken, according to a report by Chinese statistics firm UMeng. Compare that to an estimated 10-15% of all iDevices in the U.S., and you’ll see how the market for jailbreaking has leapt to the Chinese.
The report also outlines some interesting tidbits of the current shape of the Chinese iMarket, with the iPhone 4 ruling supreme with 54% of total iDevice marketshare. Second place belongs to the iPhone 3GS, which comes in at a comparatively weak 16.1%. Here’s the next few interesting bits of information:
- iOS 4.1 and up is running on the majority of devices.
- Percentage of jailbroken iPhone 4 and 3GS devices is close to 40%.
- “Only” 27% of iPads are currently jailbroken.
- Slight majority of iOS devices (52%) are based in the following cities and provinces: Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Zhejiang, Jiangsu
This significantly large portion of iOS users raises some serious concerns about rampant pirating of apps, as well as major security concerns if users haven’t changed their root password (the default is, and has been, “alpine”). It also puts more pressure on Apple to step up the security mechanisms in place to prevent jailbreaking. Apple has previously turned more of a blind-eye to the small jailbroken crowd, but with 34.6% of a rapidly growing market hacking their devices, Apple may have to move to stop the behavior.
At face value, it looks like a major accomplishment by the jailbreak community. Instead, I think that it makes the future of hacking iOS more uncertain than ever.
You can view the full infographic (in Chinese, naturally) after the break. If we have any Chinese speakers who’d like to point out any other interesting information in the comments, feel free!