Why Should I Jailbreak My iPhone-iPod-iPad And Is It Legel - What Are The Benefits Of Jailbreaking
The most asked question every where on the internet is about jailbreaking iPhone. New iPhone owners ask various questions concerning the legal issues of jailbreak and unlock and the after jailbreak performance issues. Most commonly asked question is there any reason to jailbreak an iPhone. We have tried to gather as much as information we could to make the new iPhone owners relax that jailbreaking an iPhone magnifies the iPhone experience that people had earlier.
Q) What do you mean by jailbreak ?
A) Jailbreaking is a method of gaining root level/supreme access to your Apple device so that you can run custom 3rd party applications which are not approved by Apple. Jailbreaking is similar to rooting of Android but is much more complex and dynamic in nature. There are many benefits of jailbreaking iPhone iPad and iPod so that you may use various tweaks and applications and themes that changes the entire UI experience of using an Apple product.
There are two types of jailbreak
- Tethered Jailbreak : A tethered jailbreak requires that the device be connected to a computer each time it needs to be booted. A tethered jailbreak is one which requires you to connect your iPhone, iPod, iPad to the computer every time your device is restarted/rebooted/battery drained and not booting up after pluggin in your device to the power. A tethered jailbreak is usually done immediately after a new software update is done on apple device. Tethered jailbreak is for the time being and can be fixed once untethered jailbreak is released. This usually takes some time and that's the reason why people for a tethered jailbreak as its hard to stay away from jailbreak tools.
So if your device is on tethered jailbreak, it won't start and boot automatically, instead it will get stuck in apple boot logo and spinning wheel. This is Normal and is supposed to happen in tethered jailbreak.
- Untethered Jailbreak : An untethered jailbreak allows the device to be powered without computer assistance. It usually takes more time for an untethered jailbreak to release.
Q) Is Jailbreaking Legal ?
A) Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, jailbreaking iPhones is legal. According to Prof.Tim Wu of Columbia Law School "Jailbreaking is legal, ethical and just plain fun." So, yeah Jailbreaking is absolutely legel :)
Q) Is Jailbreaking Safe ?
A) Jailbreaking is method by which the users gain root level access to their iOS devices. Jailbreaking tools like redsn0w, sn0wbreeze, limera1n, Blackra1n, greenp0ison, absinthe and corona are completely safe tools created by well reputed developers. Jailbreaking is safe until and unless the user himself modifies the files at root level. Apart from the jailbreak tools that developers make, they involve themselves in immense research to makes sure the users are safe from any kind of danger. Bottom line is, jailbreaking is safe if you are using tools from trusted source.
Q) Is Jailbreaking Free ?
A) Yes Jailbreaking is absolutely free. You should always rely on trusted jailbreak tools like
Q) How Can I jailbreak ?
A) Yet another most asked question. A new iOS device user gets confused with the tools and firmwares available. Its difficult for a new iPhone user to understand which jailbreak to use on which firmware. The following information should help every iPhone, iPad, iPod user to jailbreak their device with the correct tool.
My iOS device is...
Running iOS 5.1.
iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the new iPad: nothing yet.
Other devices: a tethered jailbreak is available.
Running iOS 5.0.1.
iPhone 4S and iPad 2: absinthe.
Other devices: redsn0w+corona.
Running iOS 5.0, 4.2.9-10, or 4.3.4-5.
A tethered jailbreak is available.
Running iOS 4.2.6 through 4.2.8, or iOS 4.3 through 4.3.3.
Open JailbreakMe on your device itself.
On iOS 4.1 through 4.2.1.
Q) What Are The Benefits Of Jailbreaking iPhone and iOS Devices ?
A) There are many benefits of jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad or iPod. We'll be discussing few below. Once you jailbreak your device the first application that you can see is 'Cydia' . Cydia is an official jailbreak application repository where in you can find various applications, tweaks, themes, ringtones and others.
Benefits Of Jailbreaking
Sb Settings is a jailbreak application that brings various toggle switches directly to iPhone's home screen that are available in the Settings app. With iOS 5, sbsettings can directly be launched under the notification center so all you need to do is launch the notificaiton center by swiping your finger down from the status bar. SB Settings puts every setting toggle that you need right in your notification pull down so that you can quickly change brightness, turn on Bluetooth , switch to airplane mode and other various toggles.
Watch the video to see it in action.
DreamBoard is an advanced theaming platform that changes the entire UI with various themes. This is one of the most downloaded app on jailbroken iPhones. The best part of dreamboard is that the themes are in depth and they enhance the whole UI experience.
Barrel, adds a new effect to your springboard pages. This means that every time you slide for a new page on your iPod Touch or iPhone a 3D cube transition or one of the many other transitions effect will take place. Barrel does not come with many settings, but it comes with transition effects which can be specified inside the settings.app.
True Print, Apple included a new feature call Air-Print. Although apple limited this air print feature only to limited 8 printers that made the customers very sad as they would want to use their iPhones to print right from the printer they own. True Print was developed by intelliborn that allows you to print to almost all network printers. Simply install, and use Apple’s built-in print menu. New printers will now show up thanks to TruPrint!
iGotYa is a security application that enables you to take the picture of the person who unlock your iPhone by entering an incorrect password. You need to enable it in the settings and configure an email address to which the picture would be sent. Basically, if you lose your iPhone, if the thief tries to unlock it by entering the wrong code, iGotYa will automatically take the picture of the user with the front camera of the iPhone 4 and send it to the email address already configured in the phone. Its a great app for those who travel alot and have the risk of losing their device.
iBlacklist is a wonderful tweak that enables the user to block certain calls or messages using the mobile number. Its a handy application for your girlfriend who is getting calls from unknown numbers and all you could do is just disconnect it. Well, not any more. Using iBlacklist you can block the calls and sms from the specified number and the best part is you wont be notified when you get a call or message. iBlacklist will simply block it.
AdBlocker is the name suggest is a nice tweak that blocks all the ads that appear in the applications. Using adblocker, you won't see the annoying ads that appear when playing a game or watching a movie. AdBlocker is a paid app and once enabled in settings, AdBlocker will block all the websites that publish ads on your iPhone.
icon Renamer can be used to rename the default application names on your springboard. Simply doubletap on the application that you want to rename and you can add any name to the application.
Multicon Mover is a sleek tweak that enables the user to move multiple icons at the same time on the springboard. Its very useful for the users who have many applications on their springboard and its not viable to move one icon at a time. Using multicon mover, you can simply press and hold any icon for a while and when it starts jiggling, you can tap on the icons that you want to move and simply drag any one icon to the play where you need all the selected icons to appear.
Grid Lock enables you to place icons anywhere on the screen. The default position of the icon is top left and every icon added is placed beside it. Using GridLock, you can place the icons one at the right corner and one at the left corner of the screen, Basically you can make any design by placing the icons all around you screen.
Winterboard is a theaming platform through which you can install themes for your iPhone or iPad or iPhone. There are many themes available in Cydia that go with winterboard. The best thing about winterboard is that if there is any problem with the theme, it will not be applied instead your iPhone will boot into safe mode. Once you revert the changer that you had made, you can simply respring to get back into the normal mode.
UnlockFX gives you various unlocking effects on the screen. For instance, if you select the option old tv, once you press the home button, your iPhone screen will start like old tv with a white light in the center and then the screen appears. There are many configurable preferences in the settings for unlockfx.
PlayAwake enables you to use your music library songs as alarm tone. If you get bored of using the same default alarm tones of your device you can install play awake from cydia and set the alarm tone to the music that you'd love to wake up to.
Android LockXT is inspired from the android pattern lock screen design. After installing this tweak you need to go to settings to enable it and then set an unlock pattern.
SBRotator as the name suggests is a tweak that rotates the springboard. The entire UI can be set to any rotation mode. You can either set it to rotate as per the motion of the device or you can fix the rotation to landscape mode. There are many patterns of shifting through the page which are configurable in the settings of sbrotator.
Multiflow replaces the default application switcher mode for iOS devices. It adds gestures that can be used to enable app switching. Easy instructions make it even simple to configure and use.
iSwipe is an alternate keyboard equivalent to the swype keyboard of android.
3G Unrestrictor unrestricts the application limits. By default some applications in iOS are designed to work only on WiFi, using this tweak you can now use all the features of applications even when on 3G.
Multitunes creates multiple iTunes libraries for your iPhone, iPod or iPad so that you don't lose your existing music even when you sync your device with different iTunes.
PwnTunes is perhaps the most powerful tool available for music lovers in cydia. PwnTunes allows you to simply add downloaded music to iTunes library. You can download music from the internet and simply place it in the specified folder inside your device and then pwntunes will automatically import the downloaded music into iTunes library.
iFile is the most powerful tool of cydia. It allows fast navigation through the iPhone file system. You can directly view files of various types, e.g. movies, sound, text, HTML, Microsoft types, PDF, various compressed formats. For PDF files direct jumping to pages is possible. ZIP packing and compressed file unpacking is also supported. Files can be sent as email attachments.Text files and property lists can be edited. Folders and files can be bookmarked. In addition, files can be uploaded and downloaded from iFile’s built-in web server.
Attacher for iOS enables you to send any attachment through iMessages. Attacher is a recent tweak developed by Dany Lisiansky. It allows you to send or receive any attachment and open any attachment along with sending recorded voice memos.
We'll be covering more benefits about jailbreaking your iPhone , iPod or iPad and this post will be getting updated frequently.
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