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iPhone Jailbreaking - Pros and Cons

Updated on March 13, 2015

For most of the users, the iPhone is fabulous just as it is. It's pretty, elegant, user-suitable and there are a lot of apps and oodles of content for us to pick from the App Store. There are some peoples who want to break the restrictions that apple has bothered upon us. They want to change its underlying structure. So these peoples are jailbreakers.

It is easy to understand a jailbreaker's frustration. On the Mac we can complete anything we dream. We can use Sparrow for email and Firefox for internet if we don't want to use its default applications. Even we can make them default applications if we want. But we can't do it on the iPhone.

There are a lot of pleasurable alternatives to default apps of iOS but it always turns to default for particular things. It always opens safari when we click on a URL or email address from a webpage, app, document or mail even we use other alternate app for the internet.

There are other things by which jailbreakers are frustrated too. We can't change the default look of the iPhone. We can't control the downloads of the internet. Even we can't install the apps that are not available in the iOS app store. If we are brave enough, we can improve or modify the OS X and can use terminal like things. Unless we jailbreak our iPhone, we can on our own make a lead on what Apple lets us make.

What is Jailbreaking?

Changing the software of iPhone to remove its limitation set by Apple is called jailbreaking. The main limitation is that we can install apps only from the App Store. If we have a jailbroken phone then we can also install apps from App Store's competitor or install manually using the downloaded files from the internet.

Jailbreaking and iPhone unlocking are different things. Most iPhones are locked to a single or particular network. For example, If we buy an iPhone from "O2", then we have to use sim card of "O2" in it. By unlocking the phone we can make it work with any other network. But in this case software limitations are still there.

Unlocking is considered as breaking the contract of our mobile phone. Whenever a new version of iOS is released, jailbreakers team starts analyse the code and make jailbreak tool for that iOS.

5 reasons to jailbreak an iPhone

  1. We can expand the set of features that are limited by Apple.
  2. We can access banned apps or apps that are not in its App Store.
  3. We can change the user interface by using customization apps like Barrel, Unfold etc.
  4. We cab tether our mac to our iPhone.
  5. We can bypass our network's Hotspot feature which is expensive and most of the times restricted.

Jailbreaking an iPhone is easy. Jailbreaking is legal in countries like US and UK, but may not be in other countries. There are a lot of jailbreaking tools available online like Pangu8 for version 8.0-8.1 and TaiG for version 8.0-8.1.2,8.2 beta 1,2. This takes the control of iOS's admin level make it enable to install Cydia. Cydia is an alternate to the app store. It has app and utilities that can be used to customize a jailbreak phone.

We should back up our iPhone's data before jailbreaking because if something goes wrong, we can lose our data. If we have to take our iPhone to an Apple store for repairing then we have to restore to its non-jailbroken state.

5 reasons not to jailbreak an iPhone

  1. We will terminate our iPhone's warranty. Employees of Apple stores are unlikely to be complimented if something goes wrong.
  2. Having a jailbroken iPhone is a bit like being an Android user. There are apps for jailbroken iPhones that have malware and may leak our data. In simple words stability and safety will decrease.
  3. We can't directly update our jailbroken iPhone. We have to wait some time or even days for the release of an updated jailbreak. If we directly update our iOS then we lose our jailbreak. We have to install all jailbroken apps and extensions again.
  4. After jailbreaking there are chances that particular apps and features would not work, battery life would decrease.
  5. If we do not like paying for apps in App Store, we are going to be repulsed by paying for them upon the Cydia Store. Some best apps on Cydia are costly. we have to pay for it.

Apple is not in favour of jailbreaking. Apple updates the iOS software frequently to remove jailbreaking apps from the iPhone. It tries its best to prevent jailbreaking by constantly updating iOS. There is another reason why apple is doing this is commercial interest. Apple wants us to buy apps from its app store and not from any other store like Cydia, and it wants us to keep using the app store. Other concerns that apple identifies are security, instability, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, desruption of service and the inability to update.

There are a lot of reasons for us to jailbreak our iPhone or our iPad. If we have time and patience then we can do the experiment and try out but if don't want to compromise with its security, instability or battery life then we should not do jailbreaking.

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