I got an email newsletter yesterday from the excellent Pinch Media site, which provides a range of tracking and analytical services for iPhone developers, as well as some great RSS feeds for keeping up with new and updated iPhone apps.
One thing that caught my eye right away was a couple of charts that showed %ages of Jailbroken vs Non-Jailbroken phones. Apparently Pinch Media gets asked a lot about this subject, and I know it is one that has always made me curious.
The first chart “ shown at the top of this post “ looked at unique users. The second one shows sessions.
The percentages, in both cases, are of ‘the over ten million devices using any of thousands of applications running Pinch Analytics ‘ “ for the week of 5/17/09 (i.e last week).
Obviously, these numbers don ‘t cover all iPhone OS devices, or usage of all apps “ but they seem to me like a big enough batch, covering a large number of popular apps, to be fairly representative.
The %age of jailbroken phones initially struck me as quite low “ at less than 10% in both charts. Then I thought about the fact that I spend a lot of time on iPhone forums and sites like this one, where the majority of readers and users are perhaps not ‘typical ‘ iPhone users, but much more like power users, who are much more likely to have at least dabbled with jailbreaking.
What do you all think? Does below 10% seem low to you? Maybe a quick straw poll if anyone wants to play “ are you jailbroken? Or have you ever been?