Still Undecided On Jailbreaking?
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Still Undecided On Jailbreaking?
I am still unsure about whether or not I want to jailbreak my iPad 2 iOS5? I've had my iPad for about 2 weeks now & I am still finding new things to do with it...however I am spending a fortune in apps to do it! I come from the Android World & I have rooted every one of my Android devices & have enjoyed it tremendously. However with Android it really opens it up A LOT.
How much does jailbreaking really open up the iPad? Will I really be gaining a lot for the trouble of jailbreaking..then restoring if I need to take it back to Apple for any reason? Is there a list of things that can be done once jailbroken? I know things like icons, themes & wallpaper are one of the big ones...funny but those things are native on all Android devices..LOL!
I've been scanning through this part of the forum in hopes of finding the jewels of jailbreaking...any links that may enlighten me would be greatly appreciated. Also, maybe a list of some things YOU did with your jailbroken iPad.
I am also looking for those who DIDN'T jailbreak and what was your reasoning for not doing it?
02-22-2012 05:46 PM
Pro for Jailbreaking: spoil yourself by getting apps and tweaks for free or low-cost compared to what Apple provides as a base
Cons for Jailbreaking: not spoiling yourself by getting apps and tweaks for free or low-cost compared to what Apple provides as a base
Jailbreaking your iPad gives you more productivity, ease of access and much more features than what legitimate Apple features can provide. Some may include the ability to toggle Wifi, Location, Brightness, Power without having to press any buttons. Just slide your finger across the status bar and voila, you can do it right there, even with Safari or certain apps open.
You can also modify the theme on your iPad with much more choices and possibilities compared to the legitimate theme changer and whatnot from the legitimate AppStore.
You can modify how your iPad rolls. What this includes is how your springboard transitions from 1 page of apps to the next, where you can have effects instead of a simple slide left and right, or how you can have a rolling dock, where you can just scroll through left and right like you would the pages of apps on your springboard.
You can enable gestures outside of the default iOS 5.X gestures, meaning you can have swiping down from the status bar run an app or turn off or whatever, or have a press and hold on the Volume Down button trigger an app, turn off your device, restart, etc, whatever you want.
The possibilities are ENDLESS with Jailbreaking because something new's being thrown out there on a day to day basis.
Thanks for the detailed reply! What I am worried about is first, if I need to restore to unjailbroken will I lose all my data & setup that I made while jailbroken (like apps installed from Cydia) or will things remain there just no longer Jailbroken? secondly, I have read that some apps check to see if you're Jailbroken & those apps stop working? However I have not seen a list of those apps that check? Apps like netflix, Time Warner Cable, etc...plus other apps that require internet to work might check...is there a list of such apps?
Thanks again for the great answer!
We support several thousand iOS devices, and note one significant trend. Jail broken devices tend to be more unstable than the rest, and have many more conflicts between installed applications. Programs often stop working when one tweak or another is installed, and if you happened to install a bunch of stuff before noticing something has failed working, you need to go back and remove each new tweak and test to find the problem.
We will no longer address any issues on jail broken devices in house, and as a result about 30% of those who had formerly jail broken have restored to factory conditions in order to avoid dealing with their own support issues.
Those who jail break will never tell you this side of the story.
Yes, you can install hundreds of applications and tweaks that are not approved by Apple. That in itself can be a dual edged sword.
Jailbroken/cracked apps cannot be restored when you turn your device back to a legitimate device. You can backup your legitimate apps, music, movie, certain settings via iTunes backup. Netflix and TWC are free legitimate apps, so you can just redownload them via AppStore or have them backed up if they are legitimate apps and just continue doing what you're doing.
But at the end of the day, thewitt is correct. Jailbreaking is a dual-edged sword because you have so much freedom and possibilities, but there aren't that many sites/resources that can address any problems you may have.
100% go for it. The ipad jailbreak on 5.0.1 is very stable and any issues usually arise from user error.
And watch out about discussion of illegal apps.
I would maybe experiment with it on my iPad but not on my iPhone. Need work phone to be 100% solid. I have seen some jailbreaks go bad in terms if wired things happening, the again some ppl r very happy with it
I personally wont take the risk, not to mention I would like as much as I can to pay for for stuff. Someone worked hard for it, most apps are quite cheap.
About these two statements:
Originally Posted by willerz2
Do not, under any circumstances, think that jail breaking equates to "getting apps and tweaks free or low-cost compared to what Apple provides as a base."
Originally Posted by willerz2
Jailbreaking is a legitimate, legal option you can do to gain full access to your iPad's file system. What is being alluded to here, in these quoted portions, is piracy, which is illegal and against forum policy ( to include any discussion of ways and tools to get "apps for free"). It is stealing!
This forum does not condone piracy, nor do we support or appreciate those that commit piracy (or advocate for it, such as these posts here). Any further discussion of piracy or how jail breaking makes it easy to BE a pirate may lead to those discussing it being denied the ability to post in this forum.
Thank you for your understanding.
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Well I was hoping that the replies I got would lead me in one direction or another (that's how on the fence I am about jailbreaking)...but it seems this is a sensitive subject in regards to Apple products. Over in Android world rooting is just "if you feel comfortable then do it"....there is no talk of making the system unstable (certain roms may make the system unstable or over clocking might if you go too high)...no one ever speaks of piracy or stealing apps. It's all about opening the system to the full power of Android.
I would really like to keep this debate going...It's helping me learn about the ipad & iOS...but also about how the Apple "culture" is different than Android's....
Nah I dont think u should jailbreak .
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