100 Reasons to Jailbreak

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For those wondering why we jailbreak, here are some reasons why I do it. There are other reasons as well that are not even mentioned in this video. But the main reason is it gives me control and takes the control away from APPLE over how I want my phone to operate, to be used, and to be customized. It is my phone, not APPLE's.

Even if you do not want to JB, it is worth watching the video to see the cool customization and the chick at end. ;)

 
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So they need some chick in a bikini to sell jailbreak?

Some of that looks interesting, none of it interesting enough to bother with the hassle of doing it. At least not for me. I don't need themed home-pages or spinning icons, or even multi-touch gestures on a 3.7" screen. I get it "I can control MY device." Go for it. To each their own.

In the end, to me if boils down to two things: 1) It may be "legal" but it does not mean it does not void the warranty. Given the top support I get through Apple Care +, that in itself is reason enough not to for me. 2) Prefer to get iOS updates when they occur, and not have to worry about whether it will "break my JB" or cause other issues.

But as I said, to each their own.
 

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Not a hassle at all. This is where those that do not jailbreak have a misconseption. It is actually pretty easy. But I understand it is not for everyone.

It does much more than spin icons and themed homepages. In fact, I do not have any of those visuals.

As far as the warranty goes, my phone lost its warranty 3 years ago. No issue there at all. If something does happen, you simply restore it and they won't even know it was jailbroken.

Breaking? I've been jailbreaking all my iDevices for years now and never once had an issue with it breaking or causing any issues. It is actually pretty safe and easy.

Why I JB:


  1. Location spoofer to avoid sports blackouts. Last night I was able to watch a Dodgers game that was blacked out on MLBNet because it was local. But yet there was no local broadcast. The only way to watch it was through my MLB account on my iPad (also have it on my phone). It too would have been blacked out if I did not fool my device into thinking it was somewhere else. That alone was reason enough for me to JB.
  2. SBSettings. There is no single more user friendly simple tweak that gives you shortcuts to many of the settings of your phone with a simple swipe from top left to top right. Shortcuts to turn off any of your antennas, change settings, hide APPs, power-off, or reboot. Saves the wear and tear on your home button.
  3. Displayout. Allows me to mirror my exact iDevice window for ALL APPs through any external display with VGA.
  4. KillBackground. Kills all running APPs at once so you do not have to turn each one off one at at time.
  5. Zephyr. Allows quick swipe up to access all APPs currently running without having to double tap the home button (again, saves wear and tear on the home button). And then I can use KillBackground to easily kill all APPs at once. Use this and SBSettings all of the time when I am using my phone to track my workouts. Quick access to turn things off in order to save the battery.
  6. Navigate from Maps. Allows any mapping APP to be used as a navigation APP by connecting your search to any navigation APP.
  7. FullForce for my iPad. This allows iPhone only APPs to have full display on the iPad

I also have several other tweaks that are just personal, but the APPs listed above are more than worth my time and effort, which isn't very much and very easy to do.
 

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i gotta have my stuff rooted and jailbroken. its the only way i'm truly happy with my devices. but i understand its not for everyone and not necessary for most to enjoy these devices.
 

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Don't have an iphone, but wanted to mention two things-

1. Out of curiosity, I went to some of the forums on phone hacking such as jailbreaking and is seems to me that while this opens up new features, it also has a habit of breaking others that I may want to use.

2. With iphones, it seems to me those who are most happy with iphones are people who like the phone as is. Jailbreakers are those who are always in constant battle working the OS and fixing bugs, waiting for the next jail break, testing and suffering anxiety over what Apple will do next are those who jail break. Bottom line- MOST all people just want a communication appliance, not a not a programmable gadget that they will spend hours and hours hacking.

OK one more thing, a question actually- Why do some people feel a need to sell the idea of jail breaking like it is some offshoot evangelical religious branch of the Apple Cult?


OK I watched the video, pretty good for an advertisement. If I had an iphone I may want to jailbreak mine to get all those neat features I thought iphone already had. But, I will probably never get an iphone until I can not worry over the battery going dead a not being able to swap it out.
 
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Don't have an iphone, but wanted to mention two things-


2. With iphones, it seems to me those who are most happy with iphones are people who like the phone as is. Jailbreakers are those who are always in constant battle working the OS and fixing bugs, waiting for the next jail break, testing and suffering anxiety over what Apple will do next are those who jail break. Bottom line- MOST all people just want a communication appliance, not a not a programmable gadget that they will spend hours and hours hacking.


Agreed. Not just Apple, Android too. All the power to those who want to spend hours hacking, and tweaking - but for the vast majority, people want it to work, and do what they need when they need it. My gut says the jailbreaks cause less of these headaches than the Android Custom-roms do, but over time I have come to find elegance in the simplicity of the iOS design, and while YEAH, I'd like to see an iPad-like ability to instantly change screen brightness, I have seen nothing in the ad or other JBs that would persuade me down the path.

And like the tens of millions of iOS users under warranty, I like the comfort of Apple Care if something goes wrong. Maybe if I had an old out of warranty device I would think about it (if there was something compelling to me, which there isn't), but while under Apple Care +, never.
 

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Don't have an iphone, but wanted to mention two things-

1. Out of curiosity, I went to some of the forums on phone hacking such as jailbreaking and is seems to me that while this opens up new features, it also has a habit of breaking others that I may want to use.
Nope. Everything that is standard can still be used
2. With iphones, it seems to me those who are most happy with iphones are people who like the phone as is. Jailbreakers are those who are always in constant battle working the OS and fixing bugs, waiting for the next jail break, testing and suffering anxiety over what Apple will do next are those who jail break. Bottom line- MOST all people just want a communication appliance, not a not a programmable gadget that they will spend hours and hours hacking.
First, it only takes a few minutes.

Second, it is true when a new update comes out you will have to wait to update until the next JB comes out. Most of the time the new updates do not bring anything more than what the JB can already do. If one was able to wait a few months to over a year for a new iOS, they are still able to wait a few more weeks to a few more months to update and rejailbreak. Where you see most of the anexiety is of those that got new phones with the newest iOS and are are unable to JB until the latest JB comes out.

Third, most do want to use their phones as is. Just as most want to use most of their items as is. There are those that like to modify their cars, bikes, house, computers, yards, ex. Modifying your phone is no different than modifying anything else. You are personallizing it to make it work best for you. If you like it as it is, then that is the best for you.
OK one more thing, a question actually- Why do some people feel a need to sell the idea of jail breaking like it is some offshoot evangelical religious branch of the Apple Cult?
I don't understand what you mean by that? Do you mean why some want to profit from JB, or why some do so simply as a means to counteract anything APPLE, or are you saying the JB community itself is also like a Cult?
OK I watched the video, pretty good for an advertisement. If I had an iphone I may want to jailbreak mine to get all those neat features I thought iphone already had. But, I will probably never get an iphone until I can not worry over the battery going dead a not being able to swap it out.
That is always a concern over any device in which you cannot remove the battery yourself. But, I have yet to have a single problem with the battery on any of my iDevices. If it does go dead APPLE will replace it if it is under warranty or if you have APPLE Care or you can pay to have it replaced if it is not
 
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Agreed. Not just Apple, Android too. All the power to those who want to spend hours hacking, and tweaking - but for the vast majority, people want it to work, and do what they need when they need it. My gut says the jailbreaks cause less of these headaches than the Android Custom-roms do, but over time I have come to find elegance in the simplicity of the iOS design, and while YEAH, I'd like to see an iPad-like ability to instantly change screen brightness, I have seen nothing in the ad or other JBs that would persuade me down the path.

And like the tens of millions of iOS users under warranty, I like the comfort of Apple Care if something goes wrong. Maybe if I had an old out of warranty device I would think about it (if there was something compelling to me, which there isn't), but while under Apple Care +, never.
Again, it doesn't take hours, it only takes minutes.

As for the instant screen changing brightness, that was one of the first things I added when I JB my phone. Use it all of the time. Here is a screenshot of my home page. I intentionally setup the main page with two screen brightness buttons for easy access to turn it up and down. Hit the icon on the bottom left to turn it down, hit the one on the bottom right to turn it up. There are many other UI options for screen brightness through many different JB APPs.
 

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Yes, but as I said, it alone is not enough for me to give up the benefits of the warranty I have.

And it does seem to be an easier process than on Android - particularly in the locked-bootloader age.

Enjoy the JB, all the power to those who want to do it. But I think Don and I are just voicing the other opinions as to why many would not want to, or not care to. 2 years in the "rooted" world of Android was enough for me.
 

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Yes, but as I said, it alone is not enough for me to give up the benefits of the warranty I have.

And it does seem to be an easier process than on Android - particularly in the locked-bootloader age.

Enjoy the JB, all the power to those who want to do it. But I think Don and I are just voicing the other opinions as to why many would not want to, or not care to. 2 years in the "rooted" world of Android was enough for me.
most people feel that way no doubt. usually when i can't put on a custom rom that fully works i just put in a rooted stock rom where there's no issues at all. and its not so much that jailbreaking is easier than rotting an android, i think it is safer. you can brick an android easier than an iphone or ipad.

there are risks and for many as yourself it just isn't worth it and that's ok too.
 

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Isn't the main reason while people jailbreak their phones is so that they could go around the terms of service and do things that they are not supposed to, like tethering for free? ;)

Personally, the best thing I like about my iPhone is how stable and reliable it has been over the two years. I depend on my phone a lot, and the last thing I want to do is to jeopardize its stability to any extent for the sake of some bells and whistles.

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Jailbreaking presents absolutely no risk to your warranty.

- If you need warranty service, you were going to wipe it and reinstall the OS anyway. Standard security procedure. This removes all trace of it having been jailbroken.
- If the device is dead, that is, unbootable, it's a moot point. They're not going to spend the resources to get it to a point where they can examine whether the OS installed on it was stock or not. They'll throw it in the recycle bin.
 

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Jailbreaking presents absolutely no risk to your warranty.

- If you need warranty service, you were going to wipe it and reinstall the OS anyway. Standard security procedure. This removes all trace of it having been jailbroken.
- If the device is dead, that is, unbootable, it's a moot point. They're not going to spend the resources to get it to a point where they can examine whether the OS installed on it was stock or not. They'll throw it in the recycle bin.

Come on, we have heard plenty of stories of folks bringing iPhones into the Apple Store and the "genius" looking to see if it was jail broke.
 

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Sure, but those would be the ones that don't know anything about "Standard security procedure" and could care less if the pimply-faced kid at the Apple store reads all their text messages.

I would posit that anyone that wants a jailbroken device should be diligent enough to do it themselves and understand exactly what they're doing. Paying someone else to do it or letting a friend do it is the easy way out and such people would be more likely to take a jailbroken device to the Apple store instead of first trying to fix it themselves and then restoring default software before going there.
 

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