So it didn’t come as a major surprise when evad3rs announced that there were more than 270,000 concurrent visitors on their website when the jailbreak went live and it was downloaded more than 450,000 times in just a few hours.
While the jailbreak process using the evasi0n tool was quite smooth for a majority of users, the surge in traffic had its toll on Cydia repositories. This meant that for most part of the day, it was next to impossible to install jailbreak apps and tweaks.
Even though saurik quickly fixed the issue with his repository, he had to take the payment system offline as it was not possible to serve that kind of traffic.
Meanwhile, other repository owners continued to work hard to handle the high traffic. When I went to sleep last night, things were still not in good shape resulting a lot of frustrated and at times angry users.
The good news is that today morning things seem to be much better. I was able to login to my Cydia account (I was getting a blank page yesterday or some error yesterday) and install packages. I was able to install SBSettings, Activator, Auxo, Zephyr, F.lux, FastBlurredNotificationCenter etc. without any problem.
I’m not sure it is because the traffic has reduced (it certainly would have reduced as people are still waking up in parts of U.S.) or the repository owners have managed to add enough capacity to handle the load, but looks like Cydia is working quite smoothly now.
Kudos to saurik and the repository owners for working hard to resolve the availability issues so we can install our favorite jailbreak apps and truly enjoy our jailbroken iOS devices.
Downloading packages and themes is very slow and get some error and warnings when I fire up Cydia, but doesn’t seem to stop me from installing them. I just installed Winterboard and the beautiful ayecon theme.
saurik has now put a note on Cydia informing users that things seem to be more stable. However, as many of you have pointed out, though it is a lot better than yesterday, installing jailbreak apps and tweaks still seems to be a hit and miss. If you hit an error, retrying seems to solve the problem.
Let me know if you have been able to install jailbreak apps and tweaks or if you’re still having problems.
Also don’t forget to check the list of jailbreak apps and tweaks that compatible with iOS 6.1/iOS 6 so that you don’t hit issues.