In core, jailbreaking your iPhone means freeing it from restrictions imposed on it. You install unofficial application installers to your iOS device, such as Cydia, where it “breaks open” the iPhone’s file system to allow you to modify it.. finally you’ll no longer be forced to get all your apps from iTunes!
Conclusion from our point of view the most important benefits of jailbreaking are:
- Normally use each page of the springboard for a specific category of application, so I have a page for multimedia, office, tools, games, finance, etc. I then install Orbit, place it as a docked application. By touching orbit, I get a display of all the pages instantly, and by touching the right page, that springboard page is called up. This makes launching applications really productive.
- By installing Backgrounder, I can multitask. So, my Golf Card program does not get terminated risking the loss of data when an SMS or Phone call comes in while using that application
- Use SBSettings to hide unused applications such as the stock weather program. It also let me quickly toggle on and off things like WiFi, 3G, rotation inhibitor
- Installing Kirikae, I can double click to bring up the list of active programs and switch to any of them without having to go back to the springboard, swipe to the page containing that application, and launch the application. I can also launch favorite still inactive applications from there.
- When you install the 3.1 update for instance Apple actually puts a new image of the software on your phone and thus the jailbreak is wiped. Therefore the devs recommend waiting to update your device until they have come out with an updated jailbreak for the 3.1 software. It is more of an issue with people who rely on Ultrasn0w to use other networks, because if you update and it isn’t compatible your device will effectively be a very expensive iPod touch.That being said, the recent 3.01 update had no effect on the baseband (which would render the unlock useless) or on the ability for redsn0w to jailbreak your device. So it really depends on what kind of update apple issues. Sites like this and the official dev site will provide you with information on what software version redsn0w is currently compatible with.
Jailbreak is the way to go as it gives you that extra level of flexibility. The great thing about jailbreaking is you can be selective in what features you want. Some elements of the jailbreak can be draining on the battery and can thus be perceived by users as being negative
Many people asking:
- Do you need to unlock the iPhone as-well or just jailbreak it using redsnow only ?
- Do you loose your existing apps if you jailbreak your iDevice ?
- What happens when a new iPhone version update released ?
- Can you return back to the past release or version of the phone after jailbreaking it or not ?
NOW lets go together through the answer to clarify and highlight the Jailbreak benefits,
Redsn0w is a software used to jailbreak your idevice, giving you access to Cydia and other third party sources of programs that arent allowed in the app store. Unlocking the phone is done by Ultrasn0w and can be downloaded from within Cydia. If you are happy on your network and have no need to use a different sim card it will be no need to install Ultrasn0w. Jailbreaking is the way to go as it gives you that extra level of flexibility. The great thing about jailbreaking is you can be selective in what features you want. Some elements of the jailbreak can be draining on the battery and can thus be perceived by users as being negative, If you just want the ability to multitask (run background apps) then just download that program and thats it. I recommend trying it out and you have the ability to restore if you’re not happy. Some of the big things are the ability to “theme” your iphone by changing icons, backgrounds, sounds, etc. Little touches here and there. If you like customizing and basically “screwing” with electronics, jailbreaking will make you happy.
Themes, and generally tidying up the GUI: I much prefer “tap to unlock” than the usual slider. “5 Column” and “5 Dock” icons are also awesome, as i can fit more on one screen now too, along with folders (“Categories”). I also love the ability to hide certain items, like “Stocks” and “Weather”, which i don’t use. Open SSH: Seeing what’s actually on my iPhone. The extra apps. Not that i’ve found much of use, or bothered to search, however. Also we faced some people asking ‘ Can you brick your iPhone if the JB process goes wrong? ‘ We suppose anything is possible but from what we’ve read it’s pretty hard to get it wrong. Redsnow was a breeze to use for me & I’m not that technically minded. If anything does go wrong you can restore to original settings in iTunes & start again. When you get the iPhone, activate it in iTunes & update if needed then Jailbreak, others asking If i Jailbreak, can i still plug it into my PC and use the iTunes connectivity. Do i need to avoid any sort of official apple software so they don’t find out that my phone is jailbroken? we answer Yes you can still use iTunes, just when an update comes out you don’t update until JB software is updated to JB the new update. Basically you have to JB each time a update is released if you want the new update on the iPhone.
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