Cydia is the jailbroken version of the 'App Store'. The jailbreak process allows Cydia (or similar alternatives) to be installed, opening a near infinite range of customization possibilities for your iDevice.does everyone seem to want it? I haven't purchased my ipad yet as they are out of stock at my local mac store.
And what is Cydia?
Cydia is usually installed by default when you jailbreak.So where would i go for directions to download jailhouse and Cydia?
This is really incorrect on a number of levels. If you have a categorical misunderstanding about something that's one thing, but don't perpetuate it when you advise people. It's on the borderline of dishonesty whether you're actively making stuff up or not.Definitely dont do it unless you have a good reasonwhich means, probably, wait until iOS 4 comes to iPad (about 2 months away?) and then see if there is anything really major that your iPad wont do without jailbreaking.
The answer for nearly everyone is: they dont need to jailbreak. Very few people doits a tiny (but fun) fraction of the larger user base.
And jailbreaking can (not always, but sometimes) lead to problems, from two main directions:
1. If you use jailbreaking to install modifications, those modifications occupy RAM. RAM can be tightespecially in iOS 4and lack of RAM can lead to app crashes and slowdowns.
2. When an Apple update comes out, jailbreaking can interfere with the update or vice versa.
It also has the potential to add security flaws to your system.
Jailbreaking is a very cool hobby activity for people who like to tinker and dont mind troubleshooting. I plan to JB my old unwanted iPhone now that I have a new one. But for most users, it doesnt offer much.
What, exactly, do you want that jailbreaking will provide but iOS 4 wont? Some specific app you need? Some specific customization you need? If you dont know, save yourself the bother If nothing else, JB is a task to learn and spend time on... why bother if you dont really need anything that it offers? You can always JB later when and if the need arises. Meanwhile, iOS 4 (which is on the iPhone now and coming soon to iPad as a free update) has a massive library of apps is highly customizable already. In fact, so is the current iOS 3but youll like the multitasking that iOS 4 will bring.
Id get used to your iPad as-is before I started messing with it
Feel free to disagree with Apple’s use of the term “multitasking” but don’t call me dishonest for agreeing with it In my view, Apple’s multitasking is a more modern, far superior version of multitasking. Not 1980s-styl brute-force multitasking that burns RAM and battery. And yes, brute-force multitasking also allows certain things to be done.This is really incorrect on a number of levels. If you have a categorical misunderstanding about something that's one thing, but don't perpetuate it when you advise people. It's on the borderline of dishonesty whether you're actively making stuff up or not.
For example, there is no actual multitasking in iOS 4. It's a hacky method that in some respects fakes the functionality of multitasking, but for 99% of the time it's not going to expose any new functionality that wasn't already there in the first place-- IE, a letdown.
By jailbreaking, you can install Backgrounder, which allows the same sort of application multitasking you're accustomed to on a Mac or PC.
If the limited "fast app switching" in iOS 4 is sufficient for you then that's excellent, but just because you personally found no use for jailbreaking doesn't mean there is no use for jailbreaking, nor does it mean you should scare off people asking questions by hyperbole and misinformation.
Here's a newsflash, installing anything on your computer can use up RAM and cause crashes and introduce security vulnerabilities. The same lessons apply in the iDevice world as they do traditional computing. Common sense is all you need, I personally don't need to rely on Apple or Steve Jobs holding my hand for me as I use devices I paid significant money for.
You're trying to dissuade someone who's an admitted "newbie" to the entire thing by using incorrect and alarmist rhetoric. That's like saying that you should reconsider stepping out of the house because you may potentially, though not definitely!, get hit by an asteroid on your way to the grocery store.And your advice to use common sense and manage your RAM like you would on a desktop computer is a good example of why most people shouldnt JB. iPhone/iPad are built to be easier to use than a desktop. You shouldnt have to manage RAM manually, and the more you must do so, the less convenience. So why do it? If you have a need for it, thats great. Im suggesting not everyone has a need for it, and that non-techy users especially should hesitate, because theyll have some extra work and complexity and troubleshooting ahead of them. If you feel EVERYONE has a need for JB, then that borders on dishonesty (No, I dont think you believe thatit just sounds that way.)
JB is not a religion, and Im not telling people to stay away from it. Im countering the impression that its for everyone. Its notits unnecessary for most people, and they need to have info to make that decision. Whichever way they decide is greatI plan to have one JB and one non-JB device myself.
There's something on Cydia called OpenStreamer that is a port of VLC. On the iPad it seems to be pretty rudimentary; it's great for playing videos, but you can't really skip through them. However, it does work fine if you don't care about that limitation. I've been hoping the developer will update it but it seems like a lot of people are focused on the 4.x OS line right now.Would jailbreaking allow me to watch videos, especially .avi files without having to convert them, on a playercsuch as VLC?
And equally important: would it allow me to download .rar files and extract them?