New to jailbreaking or already looking for how to`s, this is the place for you!
At large, jailbreaking allows your device to do stuff it wouldn`t normally do left alone, as Apple intended it. By the means of various exploits, the process of jailbreaking bypasses inbuilt restrictions by allowing root access to the system administration. The result? You can change, download, install and emulate anything you want without the use of the AppStore.
All those unauthorized apps spell supreme customization for your iDevice; you can modify anything from icons and graphics to themes and wallpapers, using the app of your choosing. The all popular tweak that allows 5 icons at once instead of 4 in the dock simply cannot go unmentioned: that`s the Five Icon Switcher for you. Talking about ultimate modifications, last but not least jailbreaking allows removal of modem SIM restrictions, so that your iPhone can work on any carrier. So it`s new apps, tweaks, mods and an unlocking tool all in one!
Sounds good, but also a bit illegal?
Invoke copyright all you want, jailbreaking has been long made completely legal by the US government. And even if you are outside the States, never once in the history of jailbreaking has Apple sued anyone for jailbreaking their device, so it`s most likely not to happen.
Ok, but doesn`t Apple fight back?
Like voiding warranty or making devices unresponsive?
Well, technically, if you take your jailbroken device to the Apple store you shan`t be given customer support. Of course, this won`t happen, because you can present a pristine device by restoring the factory settings, simple as that, in iTunes. Same solution goes for unresponsive or “stuck” devices too, in case that happens – and that`s pretty much the worst case scenario here, so no worry there either.
What about updates? Or the AppStore?
What about them? All an update will do is overwrite your custom settings with the factory ones. If you want to update your device and jailberak it at the same time, all you need to do is let hackers develop updates of their own and you`re good to go. As far as the AppStore is concerned, you can still use it as it were: nothing will change except it will come with its good looking twin, Cydia.
Yup, or the application that allows you to browse through and install items in the jailbreak catalogue, pretty much like the AppStore, complete with extensions and mods, additional to standard packages. That means you can technically get any AppStore application for free, but that would be illegal and no honest hacker would recommend that.
So that makes jailbreaking free. Anytyhing else I need to know before getting it?
Yes, it is free. You may be asked for some kind of incentive by a third party to do it for you, but developers do put it out there for free.
Well, first thing first, there are three types of jailbreaks that get constantly updated, and the choosing of one or the other depends mostly on the type of computer you use to run the software and the device itself. And yes, it`s that easy: you simply run the software on your iOS after plugging it in your computer.