I'm probably going to jailbreak my 4S when the new release comes out this week. I haven't had a jailbroken phone in a couple of years though, so could anyone that has one offer some apps I should get through Cydia? For the life of me, I can't remember what all I used to have and I know they have released a lot of new apps for the 4S that I know nothing about.
I opened this thread back up because I understand this is in fact legal. If I am wrong please set me straight?
I didn't even notice you shut it down. Yes it is definitely legal and very common these days.
Originally Posted by SvFan4life
Jail breaking is legal now but lets not get ahead of ourselves.
Legal- customizing phone and adding different tweaks to it.
Illegal- basically downloading any paid app for free.
I'm not into the whole downloading apps illegally thing. I pay for all of my apps. Cydia offers a much greater selection though, and can really open up the capabilities of the phone. It's amazing how much functionality the iPhone is capable of, but Apple hides a lot of it.
If you just google "Best Cydia Apps" or "Why should I jailbreak" you can really learn a lot about the perks of jailbreaking.
As far as ruining your iPhone, I wouldn't worry about it at all. A few years ago that used to be a problem, but the jailbreak developers have pretty much perfected the process and I haven't heard of any problems for a long time now. It's also very easy to do. Just make sure you backup your phone beforehand.
It's my understanding that you can never receive any phone updates once you jailbreak an Iphone.
This is not particularly true. They release jailbreak updates for each iOS update. It may take a little longer because you have to re-jailbreak with the new software after you update your phone and you may have to wait a few weeks for the new jailbreak software after the iOS update has been released, but the extra effort is worth it IMO.
Originally Posted by formerkywrestler
At one point Apple would not do ANYTHING to help you if your phone was jailbroken. Not sure about now...
Backup phone before jailbreak, perform system restore before you take it to Apple. I've actually had to do it before (cracked my screen) and they took my old phone and gave me a new one.
What would be the top 3 reasons for someone to do this?
It's really hard to narrow it down to three top reasons because it's more of a combination of a bunch of smaller things. I'll try to give a quick three though:
1. Full Customization: Themes, animations, customized status bars, lock screens, etc. When I had a jailbroken phone awhile back, I had the Android lock screen which I loved. I just read about a new one that is facial recognition to unlock your phone which I plan on trying out. You can also add Intelliscreen which basically gives you the ability to add a news feed, weather, and a lot of other things to your lock screen. You can add gestures which will do certain things, such as a two finger swipe will bring back up your previous app, or tap with three fingers to make a phone call, and so on and so forth. If you want your iPhone to look or act in a certain way, you have that ability with a jailbroken phone. The further you get into it, the better it gets.
2. 3G/4G Unrestrictor: One of my personal favorites. There are certain things you can only do when in range of wi-fi, such as FaceTime and downloading large apps or files. This app removes those restrictions and you are free to use the full functionality of the phone wherever you may be. I'm also going to throw MyWi into this category. Turn your iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot for your laptop. Since I have an unlimited data plan, there's really no limit as to how much I can use my computer connected to the internet through my iPhone. Anywhere you have 3G/4G service, you can now connect your laptop to the internet.
3. File Transfer: You can get certain apps on both your phone and your computer which allow for seemless file transfer between the two. Unlike syncing, there are no restrictions on what types of files you can transfer. Your phone becomes much more like a computer, in that you can open, view, edit, play, and listen to whatever type of file you want. I add gameboy ROMS to my phone and play them through an emulator. I believe there are now emulators for several gaming systems such as playstation, xbox, and so on. You can buy the ROMS for these online through various sources. You can organize your files however you like in folders, and if you REALLY know what your doing, you can edit iPhone system files. Delete some unnecessary files and speed up your phone while increasing battery life. It really can make a huge difference.
If, in the end, you decide all this stuff isn't for you or you worry about the health of your phone, it is very simple to unjailbreak and restore your phone back to how it is today. There's really no reason not to try it. Most people kick themselves in the butt for not doing it sooner.
Absinthe 2.0 has been released!! I've been waiting on this for awhile now, and since I'm at work I feel like a kid in Christmas Eve.
I should be jailbroken by around 6 this evening. Already looked at the instructions and it's a VERY simple process. I'll test it out before I give the link though. I'll also try to post whatever apps I download with descriptions.