iPhone Is it worth it to jailbreak?

Mftek1

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I have a 5s, my first idevice was the iphone 5.
Now, I haven't jailbroken before, so I don't really know the benefits to it.....
I have browsed the web prior to posting this, and it seems like everyone has mixed opinions.

What do you guys think?
 

eyoungren

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If there is nothing that you desire that Apple can't provide, stay stock.

But if there is something you want to do that Apple won't allow you to do or that Apple overlooked then jailbreak.

Jailbreaking is a personal decision. But if you do jailbreak, you accept responsibility for what goes on your device and any problems that may result.
 
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TriJetHero

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Browse some more, it is definately worth it, there is no down side to jailbreaking

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If there is nothing that you desire that Apple can't provide, stay stock.

But if there is something you want to do that Apple won't allow you to do or that Apple overlooked then jailbreak.

Jailbreaking is a personal decision. But if you do jailbreak, you accept responsibility for what goes on your device and any problems that may result.

What problems?
You can always restore to stock
 
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mrsir2009

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It's not as worth it as it used to be, because Apple's implemented many of the features that used to be jailbreak only... but there's still a lot of useful/cool stuff on Cydia, if you want more customization or functionality.
 
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Mftek1

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We'll, so far the tweaks I see myself wanting to use are:
Barrel 2, activator and the tweak that replaces your carriers logo.

Just not sure, if that is worth jailbreaking for.
 
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eyoungren

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What problems?
You can always restore to stock
When I first started jailbreaking it was the iPhone 3GS and iOS 5. I was new to jailbreaking and not very smart about what I chose to install.

Consequently, I had problems before I started to realize that I could not just install every tweak I thought I liked. Some were meant only for iOS 4 or below. I must have restored 6 or 7 times before iOS 6. In between I had boot loops, spontaneous resprings and safe mode, etc.

Now I am more selective. But I still have problems on occasion. iGotYou Pro I have not updated because the last update I tried causes a boot loop. I had to revert back to a backup.

Restoring to stock is an option for those of you on iOS 7, but I have to be very careful now because I am on iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 and restoring to iOS 6 stock is NOT an option for me.

My point is that if you don't do your research the problems that may result from a bad tweak or installing something you should not have tried installing are of your own creation.
 
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If there is nothing that you desire that Apple can't provide, stay stock.

But if there is something you want to do that Apple won't allow you to do or that Apple overlooked then jailbreak.

Jailbreaking is a personal decision. But if you do jailbreak, you accept responsibility for what goes on your device and any problems that may result.
This isn't really a good answer because for a lot of people they don't realize just WHAT you can do jailbroken. They might not be able to think of anything that they "desire" that they can't currently do, but if you showed them the possibilities they'd go "oh man I wanna do that".

That's the point of this question.
 
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Mftek1

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This isn't really a good answer because for a lot of people they don't realize just WHAT you can do jailbroken. They might not be able to think of anything that they "desire" that they can't currently do, but if you showed them the possibilities they'd go "oh man I wanna do that".

That's the point of this question.
So, what are some features that make me say that?
 
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eyoungren

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This isn't really a good answer because for a lot of people they don't realize just WHAT you can do jailbroken. They might not be able to think of anything that they "desire" that they can't currently do, but if you showed them the possibilities they'd go "oh man I wanna do that".

That's the point of this question.
Hmmm…ok. Well, I knew what I couldn't do. And therefore why I wanted to jailbreak. Perhaps that's because I came over from Windows Mobile and was used to being able to tweak my device the way I wanted.

iPhone 3GS stock iOS 5. No weather on the springboard. No flipclock on the lockscreen. Can't put icons where I wanted them. All things I could do on my 2009 HTC Touch Pro, but not my iPhone 3GS until I jailbroke it.
 
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SomeGuyDude

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Hmmm…ok. Well, I knew what I couldn't do. And therefore why I wanted to jailbreak. Perhaps that's because I came over from Windows Mobile and was used to being able to tweak my device the way I wanted.

iPhone 3GS stock iOS 5. No weather on the springboard. No flipclock on the lockscreen. Can't put icons where I wanted them. All things I could do on my 2009 HTC Touch Pro, but not my iPhone 3GS until I jailbroke it.
At the same time, some people also don't know what jailbreaking can or can't do. So it's fair to say what jailbreaking tweaks are out there (or at least your favorites) in order to let the person go "oh hey it can do that?" and then make the decision. Maybe the person has things they want to do with their phone that won't work ("I want to use it as a TV remote" or something, I dunno).

I haven't JB because my devices are all 7.1 b3 and evasi0n7 still doesn't work on it, but I'd be curious to. I used to root all my Android devices.
 
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takeshi74

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Is it worth it to jailbreak?
What do you guys think?
Worth is subjective just as it is on any topic. If it was universally worth it then everyone would do it. If it was universally not worth it then no one would do it. You have to determine if the tweaks available make it worth it to you.

Just one example: It's worth it to me and that's why I'm jailbroken. The main tweaks that make it worth it to me are the Google Voice tweaks. If you don't use GV then they probably won't be of any use to you and they wouldn't make JB'ing worth it to you.

This isn't really a good answer because for a lot of people they don't realize just WHAT you can do jailbroken. They might not be able to think of anything that they "desire" that they can't currently do, but if you showed them the possibilities they'd go "oh man I wanna do that".

That's the point of this question.
And it's unreasonable to expect others to show every possible tweak. The interested party has to take some initiative. At least read the existing threads and see if any popular topics sound useful.
 
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darricksailo

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At the same time, some people also don't know what jailbreaking can or can't do. So it's fair to say what jailbreaking tweaks are out there (or at least your favorites) in order to let the person go "oh hey it can do that?" and then make the decision. Maybe the person has things they want to do with their phone that won't work ("I want to use it as a TV remote" or something, I dunno).

I haven't JB because my devices are all 7.1 b3 and evasi0n7 still doesn't work on it, but I'd be curious to. I used to root all my Android devices.
Evasi0n7 1.0.4 supports 7.1 beta 3
 
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Mftek1

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Looks like I'm gonna make the jump and jailbreak :)

I really like the features of activator, and board.
That lack keyboard would look sexy on my space grey 5s :)
 
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