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Jailbreak that IOS device!!

Updated on August 9, 2011

Anyone who has an iPad, iPod Touch, or an iPhone knows that there are so many things that an “Android” phone can do that Apple does not allow its users to do. Apple takes great care in researching and using strict quality and guidelines for allowing “apps” to be used on their devices. However in doing this, they restrict a lot of the fun stuff that these machines are capable of.

Hackers and computer-savvy people everywhere decided that they needed to do something to correct this. After studying the logic of the IOS, areas were identified where parts of the logic could be changed and manipulated. They called this a “jail break.” An IOS user would need to follow a specific set of directions, install a set of code on their i-device and let it do the rest.

When a system is “jail broken,” the software installs an app called “Cydia.” This is essentially like the Apple app store found on the various i-devices. Like Apple’s app store, there are free apps and those that you need to purchase. The fees for the apps usually are directed to the developers of the particular apps that are more intensive and specific.

What do these apps do? In a simple word: Everything. For example, the iPad does not allow for apps to run in the background. You can only use one app at a time. Let’s say you want to listen to music on the Pandora app, but want to surf the internet at the same time. You can’t do that. However, there is a free app available from Cydia called “Backgrounder” that allows you to run applications in the background, and only close unless you tell it to close. This is considered a “must-have” app.

There are so many other things available to help you enjoy and enhance your i-Device. With various “tweaks,” you can change the appearance of icons, how to move icons around, and even change the wallpaper and icons to a particular theme. These are also unable to be done with a standard i-device.

Apple of course is not a fan of their users “jail breaking” their i-Devices, and states on the record that doing so effectively voids the warranty. While this sounds scary, whenever a “jail broken” device is restored to a default release, or if it is upgraded to a new release through iTunes, the jailbreak is removed. This helps with the issue of the so-called warranty, but this is problematic because odds are good you spent hours updating your i-Device with jail break apps. And now it is all gone. You will need to re-jail break your device, and make sure there is a jail break for the version you have installed on your i-Device. Each jail break is created for specific releases, as Apple installs logic to try to patch the holes to prevent previous jail break entries. However, there are now apps available from Cydia that will store your jail broken apps, so it’s not as labor intensive to get that information back after updating with iTunes.

So, should you jail break your i-Device? That is up to you. Yes, it is certainly frowned upon, but it could also be argued that it is a disservice to yourself not to be able to use this device in a manner it is completely capable of. Developers have stated explicitly that there is little to no chance you will harm your device by doing this. If something were to go wrong, a user would only need to restore the device thru iTunes.

My advice is to give it a try. Make sure you research the matter online before jumping in. Make sure you know what “release” of IOS software is on your device, and make sure the jail break you are going to install is for that release. Once you do that, just follow the directions on the jail break site, and you are set.


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