Why Jailbreak?

HD Fboy

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Could someone please explain why I would want to jailbreak an iPhone or an iPad.

What are the advantages? Risks?

Thanks!!
 

tacoshell

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Oct 9, 2008
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Could someone please explain why I would want to jailbreak an iPhone or an iPad.

What are the advantages? Risks?

Thanks!!
Root access with super user privileges. Its your device, why shouldn't you have it????
 

danpass

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3G Unrestrictor for iPad (and for the iPhone for some people).


If I'm getting similar speeds between 3G and Wifi then I SHALL have similar functionality! None of the throttling crap and 10mb download limits ;)
 

Dorfdad

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Oct 26, 2007
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Categories alone is work jailbreaking, add in background application usage and that's over the top..
 

Bodhi395

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There are a couple programs that might make jailbreaking a good idea. I know I would love to get the wireless hotspot program for my iphone. I also would love to have retro video game emulators for my iphone, and especially my ipad... imagine playing old school mario bros on the large ipad screen.

Yet, as of now, the few things that jailbreaking would allow me to do isn't enough to go through the trouble, and have my ipad much more buggy and a much lower battery life. It also can void your warranty, which for iPad users would be a bad thing, since everyone is still under warranty until next April.
 

RMXO

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Jailbreaking isn't for everyone but it is easy done if you research ahead of time. Always back up your iphone/iPad first to be on the safe side. I just JB'd my iPad & it took under 2 minutes using Spirit. There is a thread about it in this forum.

JB lets you have more control of your iphone/ipad.
 

jerkstore99

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Yet, as of now, the few things that jailbreaking would allow me to do isn't enough to go through the trouble, and have my ipad much more buggy and a much lower battery life. It also can void your warranty, which for iPad users would be a bad thing, since everyone is still under warranty until next April.
This is completely wrong. Having to "go through the trouble" involves one download, plugging in your device, and one click. In 20 seconds it is done. And jailbreaking won't void a warranty because restoring it is just one more click away.
 

Pared

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Oct 19, 2007
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If you have to ask if jailbreaking is worth it, it most likely isn't for you.

You will deal with bugs, freezes and random glitches that will probably end up in you restoring your device.
 

medicscott

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If you have to ask if jailbreaking is worth it, it most likely isn't for you.

You will deal with bugs, freezes and random glitches that will probably end up in you restoring your device.
yeah..its def not for someone that doesnt know what it does...i suggest to read up on jailbreaking on the internet before attempting to pwn a device.
 

mizvalorie

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If you have to ask if jailbreaking is worth it, it most likely isn't for you.

You will deal with bugs, freezes and random glitches that will probably end up in you restoring your device.
This is not necessarily true. I've had one issue where I had to restore my phone. It took all of 5 mins and jailbreaking again was easy. Especially with Spirit. Takes 20 seconds at MOST.

I am not jailbreaking my ipad as I have no need for multitasking but I have jailbroke my iphone so I can tether to my ipad.
 

jeffy777

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Mar 21, 2010
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Custom skins and themes.

Tethering.

Multitasking.
This.

Multitasking is the big one for me. If Apple does it right in 4.0, then the need for jailbreaking will be diminished for me, but in the meantime, this is an essential feature, IMO.
 

MrDeeds

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Apr 27, 2010
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danpass said:
3G Unrestrictor for iPad (and for the iPhone for some people).


If I'm getting similar speeds between 3G and Wifi then I SHALL have similar functionality! None of the throttling crap and 10mb download limits ;)
+2

3G Unrestrictor and Backgrounder are the only apps I've installed but they've made my iPad 3G so much more functional.
 

vertigo78

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Oct 2, 2008
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If you need to ask, dont do it. Wait a few weeks before it gets out of the beta stages.
 

master-ceo

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90% of the people jailbreak to crack apps, how can u not know that?

I paid for all my apps and plan to keep doing so. This is why I get so pissed when dev's play around and don't update their ****. If they listened to their customers like a few dev's on here already do, I'm sure the percentage would drop.
 

Bodhi395

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This is completely wrong. Having to "go through the trouble" involves one download, plugging in your device, and one click. In 20 seconds it is done. And jailbreaking won't void a warranty because restoring it is just one more click away.
I'm not sure that's correct, since I've heard there are files on your iphone or ipad that can show an Applecare person that it was jailbroken, even after it was restored.

Also, the trouble can be reinstalling all your programs and music. At least when I jailbroke my iphone, it erased all the music, photos, and apps and I had to reinstall them all back into the iphone from the backup, which for some people can take a long time depending on how much info they have. So its not just 20 seconds and you're done.
 

jeffy777

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Also, the trouble can be reinstalling all your programs and music. At least when I jailbroke my iphone, it erased all the music, photos, and apps and I had to reinstall them all back into the iphone from the backup, which for some people can take a long time depending on how much info they have. So its not just 20 seconds and you're done.
The new jailbreak does NOT erase any of your music or apps.

It really does take literally less than a minute to apply it and you're done.

EDIT: I just remembered, some people have had it erase their photos, but that's not too big of a deal. At least you don't have to start from scratch like the old jailbreaks made you do.
 

Pared

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EDIT: I just remembered, some people have had it erase their photos, but that's not too big of a deal. At least you don't have to start from scratch like the old jailbreaks made you do.
It only erases the photos in your Camera Roll, not your synced photos.
 

DKatri

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When the iPod touch and the iPhone first came out I was really into the jailbreak scene but, I got tired of the constant bugs and patches, and having to back up and restore my iPod all the time. In the end when OS 2.0 came around and brought the app store with it I just went straight.
 
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