To jailbreak or not to jailbreak.....

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by bath007, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. bath007 macrumors newbie

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    hey....

    i just got my iphone yesterday....

    the question is what does jailbreaking mean???

    and should i do it or not???:confused:

    how easy it to do??

    thanks!!!
     
  2. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    I'm really not an advocate of the "search before you post" response. Frankly I think it's pretty rude and defeats the purpose of a forum, but this is definitely an exception.

    You're in the hacks forum. There are literally THOUSANDS of threads exactly like this.
     
  3. enophi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I struggled with this too a few days ago but this forum really does eliminate confusion it is great so take a search around pertaining to the iphone you have ie: 1G, 2G or 3G iphone.

    I won't go into the technical details so much but all jailbreaking does is give you the ability to access root.

    You can change themes ie: your wallpaper, icons etc

    Use MMS

    download cracked apps for free rather than pay for them on via the apple itunes store.

    Download 3rd party apps which by the way are awesome!


    Here is a tutorial I followed on how to jailbreak your iphone 3G using a mac (If that's what you have - if it is a new mac this year (or windows pc) then you might need to read the forum on how to jailbreak)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv1cF_3S4G8


    This video also gives you a link to download the files

    Is it worth doing? yes I think so. The iphone is very boring and basic until your jailbreak it
     
  4. enophi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, I must have spent hours and hours working out how to jailbreak and sort out my confusion with all the different apps, specs needed etc.

    I also had to work a lot of stuff out myself such as how to SSH into my iphone , change themes with winterboard etc

    There is NO Point jailbreaking your iphone unless you understand what it means, how it works (up to a point) how to restore your iphone if things should go wrong + what application are needed in order to modify your iphone.

    This unfortunately for everyone requires a little homework and patience if you want to do things correctly.

    I don't think people on this forum mind answering your questions but they do expect you do a little searching by yourself, and to give back to the community by sticking around and helping out/joining in.
     
  5. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    VERY well said, sir.

    That being said, jailbreaking is definitely worth it. As mentioned above, the phone tends to get a little boring when you leave all of Apple's walls in place. Jailbreaking does nothing to harm your phone and is completely reversible.

    How long does it take? About 3 minutes.
     
  6. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    That being said. Once I install winterboard, how do I go about changing themes?
     
  7. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    Go into the Themes (Springboard) section on Cydia and take your pick. Download to your heart's content.

    Once you've downloaded some themes (or the one you're looking to get), go into Winterboard and select it. Hit the home button and your springboard will reset with your new theme installed.
     
  8. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    Nice! I've been very leery about Jailbreaking, but once I did it to get the Emoji and found out I could restore back to factory, I've been hooked. There's so much you can do!
     
  9. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    It's a strange situation for me. I got my phone originally with 1.1.3 and have jailbroken every firmware up from there. When I first jailbreak I go crazy installing stuff and have every possible aspect of the UI customized. As time goes on I begin to miss the cleanliness of Apple's design and slowly remove things.

    As of the now the only thing I have on my JB'n 2.2 is the shiny dock (looks SO much better than the stock one) and a louder text alert.

    Still, I'll never be able to go unjailbroken from here on. It's the little things that keep me coming back.
     
  10. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    Now I am intrigued. How do I get the shiny dock and louder text alert? Can I change the test alert from the stock alerts to custom?
     
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  12. enophi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's clean design is very very nice but I wanted a shiny dock too.

    I was a little worried due to boredom as I paid so much for my iphone, and it was only 2 hours out the box.

    Me either, I am going to stick with a jailbroken phone, I couldn't go back to it being unaccessible now.
     
  13. enophi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Ma'am :)

    + thanks heh
     
  14. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    First off, on Cydia you need to go to the Repositories section and install Steffwiz's source. Once you do that go into all packages and install "All Sources". This is great cuz now you have everything by installing just the one repository.

    From there you just search for Shiny Dock. Install. Be happy. :)

    As far as the text alert, there's a ton and a half of choices out there. Personally, I like the MGS Alert. Very attention-grabbing.
     
  15. enophi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh thanks for this, I was wondering about that.
     
  16. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    I definitely appreciate the help. Thanks again. I may need more later. I have to tell you though.....it's a ton of fun tweaking the phone!:D
     
  17. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    Agreed. And this new version of Cydia is just leaps and bounds above all previous versions. It makes everything so easy and the "Changes" tab laying out all of the new packages added just makes it that much better. You never miss an addition!
     

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