What is jailbreaking ???
So are you one of those who wonder what is jailbreaking and wonder why is it so popular? Then look no further! The aim of these articles in this series is to make the whole concept of jailbreaking easy enough that even a child can easily understand the concepts and be a pro at it in no time! So without further ado let’s jump right into it!
What is jailbreaking
Jailbreaking is a process which basically lets you break the barriers that have been put in place by apple in their proprietary iOS operating system that runs all your apple devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. These barriers are in place to prevent you from accessing all parts of your apple smartphone and running unsigned code on your device. So jailbreaking is the process through which you break these barriers, hence the analogy of “breaking out of a jail” or simply “jailbreaking”
The benefits of jailbreaking
So the main question is why would you jailbreak your phone and what to you stand to gain from it. Simple, it lets you install third party apps and packages such as the extremely popular Cydia, which then enables you to customize your Apple iphone, ipad or ipod touch in ways that were previously unimaginable and un-doable.
You can install tweaks, patches and hacks to radically alter and customize almost any aspect of your phone and dramatically enhance its productivity. And Best of all it lets you truly OWN your device in the best sense of the word.
Installous is another great application that you can install after jailbeaking your phone check out a huge variety of home brewed free applications for your apple iphone, ipad or ipod touch. Although cracked versions of popular applications are also available to download for free that you would normally have to purchase via the appstore, however we strongly recommend that you purchase applications via the appstore to support the developers who put in a lot of time and effort to make them.
Is jailbreaking a legal practice?
Jailbreaking is perfectly legal practice and there is no law that states otherwise. So this should not trouble you if you want to jailbreak your phone
Are there any drawbacks of jailbreaking?
Some of you might be thinking that it is too good to be true, and whether or not would it void your warranty. Well the answer to that Is yes and no. Although your warranty would be void if you jailbreak your phone, because apple doesn’t support neither encourage jailbreaking, however this is easily reversible as restoring you apple device to its original un-jailbroken state makes your warranty valid again.
Take a look at the official Apple take on the view:
Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”
So apple might refuse you customer support if you take your jailbroken phone to them but you can go around this problem by just restoring your phone to its original state and then there should be no problem at all.
Will jailbreaking cost me any money?
The best part is that you can easily jailbreak your apple iphone, ipad or ipod touch without spending a single cent! It’s really easy and you can easily do it at your home by downloading the right tools free of cost. But if you would rather get it done by someone else that’s fine too but they may or may not charge you for this. Jailbreakers are a very active community and you can easily get a lot of help from a lot of other people around world wide web.
Using itunes and the Appstore
The biggest concern that people have in their minds when it comes to jailbreaking is that whether or not they would be able to use itunes and appstore and make purchases and downloads normally as a stock iphone user would. The answer is YES! You would not even feel a difference except that you now have the power to harness the full potential of your iPhone, without losing any functionality.
We at siliconshack highly recommend that you to do try it and try to do it yourself and be a part of the wonderful jailbreaking community, but you can always revert back if for some reason you want to get rid of it. Happy jailbreaking!!