Evasi0n iOS jailbreak version 1.1 pops up with bug fixes

An update to the popular new jailbreak tool addresses issues with reboots and the default iOS Weather app.

Lance Whitney
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The evasi0n jailbreak tool is already up to version 1.1.
The evasi0n jailbreak tool is already up to version 1.1. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

The evasi0n jailbreak team is already out with a new version that resolves a couple of persistent glitches.

Available from the evasi0n Web site, version 1.1 fixes one problem of long reboot times for any jailbroken device, according to blog site iPodnn. It also squashes a bug that caused the default Weather app to crash.

Both fixes had been posted earlier on the Cydia app store for jailbreakers, the evasi0n team tweeted today. Users who've already jailbroken their devices can grab the fixes from Cydia rather than installing the new version of evasi0n from scratch. People trying out evasi0n for the first time can simply grab version 1.1 from the tool's Web site.

Evasi0n is able to jailbreak all iOS 6 and 6.1 devices on the market, including the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, the fourth-generation iPad, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch. The tool is considered simple to use, at least in comparison with other jailbreak methods.

Since its debut on Monday, evasi0n has proven a hot item among jailbreakers. The tool had already been used at least 800,000 times in its initial six hours, according to Jay Freeman, who runs the Cydia app store. By Tuesday morning, that number had shot up to 1.7 million. And it seems to have skyrocketed since then.

Stats revealed yesterday by iOS hacker pod2g showed China as the greatest source of traffic for evasi0n downloads with almost 3 million visitors. The U.S. took second place with around 2.5 million.

Evasi0n also appears to have aroused the attention of Apple. Even before the tool officially launched, Apple updated its jailbreak warning page on Sunday.

The company cautions against jailbreaking, ticking off a number of potential pitfalls, including instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, disruption of services, and the inability to apply future software updates.

Apple sees the practice as a violation of its end-user license and said it may deny service for any jailbroken device.