iOS 7 Jailbroken vs iOS 8

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by ppdix, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. ppdix macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2001
    Miami Beach
    Here is a side by side comparison of how much iOS sucks compared to iOS 7 jailbroken.

    I've been using Macs since 1986 and iPhones since 2007. I love the Mac and it has helped me become a Professional in may fields for almost 30 years.
    I am a huge Apple fan and will always be but...
    I am disgusted by the lack of innovation on the new iOS 8.
    Not only it looks and feels as iOS 7, but it is still missing so many opportunities to make it the best OS in the market.
    Unfortunately, it is not. The Jailbreak community has no fear of releasing useful and amazing software to make the iPhone the best smart phone in the world.
    Apple should have paid attention this past year and "borrow" the technologies that have been used on jailbreak and add them to iOS 8.
    These underground programmers who deliver incredible tweaks for the iPhone should be hired by Apple or have their technologies acquired.

    That's my opinion, as a jailbroken iPhone user for years.

    Next week, I am getting an iPhone 6+ and I will be stuck with iOS 8. So, without delaying the inevitable, I "upgraded" to iOS 8 last week and was shocked by how bad it is. I felt I was going back in time a few years.
    I don't know what Apple is doing but this is one of the reasons Android is taking over the world. They are not afraid.
    Most of the New stuff on iOS 8 has been done before. Predictive and swiping keyboards, sending voice messages via text and many more.
    Nothing is really unique.
    Remember back in 2008, we had to wait a full year for Copy and Paste. It was ridiculous and so is this "upgrade"

    I can't wait for iOS 8 to be jailbroken so I can be more productive and make my iPhone 6+ a smarter phone.
    These are some of the tweaks I had on my iPhone 5s and why I miss them so much!

  2. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    well thats ur opinion, doesnt mean ios sucks, if it sucks, why are u here with an iphone then(go root an android)? some of those tweaks are nice but many of them are messy, too much on the screen, sloppy. about the quick reply, ios 8 has that..but u stated about not needing to unlock it to reply, security/privacy i can see with that right now. but a toggle to choose would be welcomed
  3. ppdix thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2001
    Miami Beach
    it is just my opinion, like I said.
    I love my iphone and wouldn't change it for anything. even with iOS8.
    And as far as having too much info on the screen. Everything can be customized to your preference. More or less. Whatver you want.
    With iOS 8 u can't add more even if u wanted to
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Give it three months and you'll have your precious jailbreak back, better than ever.

    Remember this - Android without hackers is nothing, just like a jailbreak without hackers is nothing.

    Mail Enhancer could easily be its own app in the App Store. There is nothing stopping that from happening, it just HASN'T happened.

    I personally do all my mail filtering and such on my desktop client.

    Oh, and while Lock Info is nice, it's also one of those things you don't want a stranger being able to see.
  5. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i tried iOS 8 for 10 minutes before going back to my jailbroken 7.1.2 when i still had the chance

    the animations are way too slow by default it drove insane
  6. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Wouldn't jailbreak an iphone. Too security conscious. Having said that, IOS 8 is a clear step up from IOS 7.
  7. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    I tried jailbreaking and got bored of it, it's simpler to just use it the way it's already setup. If you like this kind of customization Android might suit your interests better.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    iOS 8 is probably one of the biggest leaps in terms of what the OS allows finally. Between widgets, extensions, keyboards, and all kinds of other things. Just because it has the same look doesn't mean it's even close to being the same.
  9. ppdix thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2001
    Miami Beach
    Biggest leap? Older technology or borrowed technology is not a leap.
    Predictive keyboards have been around for a while. WhatsApp had voice messages for years, snapchat had the same concept of auto-delete messages, biteSMS had quick reply 3 years ago...
    The widgets are useless most of the time. Nothing seems to be organized on the notification center.
    The UI is EXACTLY the same as it was a year ago.
    Where is the leap?
    Now, technology wise, yes. The new iPhone 6 and 6+ are much better, except for the horrible antennas in the back, but the iOS hasn't evolved that much, really.


    I wish I could have an iPhone 6 with iOS 7 ;)


    Mail enhancer Pro, is not an App, it's an enhancer for Apple's own Mail. That is what I liked about it. Now, I am using Boxer, which I am not 100% happy with, and I tried many other Apps, free and paid to try to block spam without much luck.
    I've had my email address for over 14 years and I get over 300 daily emails with crap that I don't want to see. Like Martha Stewart, Oprah, Viagra, Rewards cards and more BS... On my Mac, I can send it to junk, easily, but when you have a small device and you try to find a relevant email on your inbox surrounded by hundreds of junk emails, it is very frustrating.
    With Mail Enhancer Pro, I had rules. For example: Any word on the subject, sender or body contains "Oprah" then DELETE message. It worked so well. The message would be deleted completely. Not taking up space on my phone or on a temporary spam folder.
    I really, really miss that.
  10. vanitytriplex macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2014
    It really does I upgraded my iPhone at the Apple Store and ugh ... Can't wait til the jb ios8
  11. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    The leap is that all these things are actually available now within and throughout the default iOS install and they weren't before.
  12. Rigby, Sep 27, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2014

    Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    For me, those things are among the least important additions in iOS 8. A much more important change is that Apple has introduced clean mechanisms for multiple types of app extensions and cross-app file sharing without sacrificing the security afforded by strict application sandboxing (Android's laxer model is one of the major reasons why there is so much malware on the platform). Then we have Healthkit, Homekit and Apple Pay which will develop their full potential over time. The Continuity features are pretty cool too. In terms of functionality, iOS 8 is a much bigger step than iOS 7 was.
  13. ppdix thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2001
    Miami Beach
    I agree and also looking forward to continuity and OS X integration. I am already using OS X Yosemite but handoff and AirDrop are not working yet.
    Hopefully next month.
  14. nickdylan macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2012
    From a productivity and security standpoint I can see a few benefits to jailbroken iOS 7 over iOS 8, but iOS 8 works better for me overall. Here's why, as a page by page comparison.

    Lock Screen

    I can see some benefits to jailbroken iOS 7 here. Having weather and calendar available right there could be convenient. I absolutely don't want all my messages and mail in plain view where anyone can see them. Also, there's so much busy stuff going on here it's going to be harder to see what I'm looking for 90% of the time when I'm looking at the lock screen: time and recent notifications.

    App Switcher

    Favourites is useful as it is. Why would you want to destroy its functionality by making it just call a phone number, instead of opening up contact information so you can call, FaceTime, text, or email them? If it only called the person, I would never use it, since 95% of my communication is through text/email/FaceTime. Finally, I've never needed to close an app. That's what memory management is for - with a non-jailbroken OS you shouldn't ever need to close an app.


    I have hundreds of contacts. I am never, ever going to search for someone by picture. I search for them by name. I can't imagine anyone else doing otherwise, unless they only have 8 contacts and they don't know them by name, which seems a bit of a stretch.

    Home Screen

    I don't want slightly different icons for apps. I want every "Phone" app on my devices to look the same. It's just easier and more productive that way.

    Volume Display

    This isn't "unobstructive" - it covers the time. I agree that the center screen volume display should have adjustable transparency though (or preset ~50% transparency) for watching videos.


    I use Mailbox. iOS Mail app could definitely use some changes. Luckily there are plenty of third party apps available that can give you what you want without jailbreaking.

    Camera Roll

    I'm not a big fan of the current Photos app and the changes they made. I can see the benefits of jailbreaking here, although I probably wouldn't use the added functionality.


    I can see contact photos being useful here (they're available on the iPhone 6+, but not other phones running 8), but they also reduce the size of the message previews. Again, I don't need contact pictures in the top right corner, and the camera/attachment/emojis are all there in iOS 8. I don't see much point in the scheduled SMS (which you can set up with IFTTT) or delayed sending - if I say something incorrect it's just as easy to send another text than to edit it in the delay window.


    Can't really comment on these because they're not explained. On the other hand, iOS 8 offers useful features like Handoff, Spotlight enhancements, Safari extensions, Family Sharing (which is a bug-ridden nightmare, but now that we've gotten it working it's awesome), Health and Apple Pay (neither of which are fully implemented yet, though), iCloud Drive, instant notification responses, universal TouchID, HomeKit, and predictive typing that actually works well. For me, those new features more than outweigh the possibilities of jailbreaking. Plus they all work well immediately, right out of the box, with the exception of Family Sharing which is a mess and Health/Apple Pay which aren't activated yet.


    I don't see a single huge reason I would use jailbroken iOS 7 over iOS 8. I do see plenty of small changes that don't particularly improve productivity, and a few changes that add some optional features. I used a jailbroken OS up until 7 released, but 7 and 8 have added all the features I used Cydia for. iOS 8 offers a ton of features over even a jailbroken iOS 7, and many of them are productivity features that I'll actually use rather than minor cosmetic changes.
  15. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
    I would have loved to jailbreak my phone, but I have a Barclays banking app and Sky Go that can detect my phone jailbroken and both won't work. Need those apps so I'm stuck.

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