Why Jailbreak???

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    As a total Noob to the ipad, I am hearing and seeing the term Jailbreak all over.

    In very simple laymans terms can someone explain WHY I would want to jailbreak. What does it do? What are the benefits?

    Lets assume I jailbreak my iPad today ... I sit back and say "Ok, now this baby is JailBroken, now I can (insert unbelievably cool benefits here)"

    Thanks guys!
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    Haven't read of unbelievably cool benefit yet but let me know if you hear one.
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    I jailbroke mine so I can have a huge GPS screen GPS system even without 3G model..
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    Four primary reasons for jailbreaking:

    1.) Being able to install apps that are simply not possible from the app store.

    2.) Being able to customize in ways not possible with a stock iPad.

    3.) Being able to access the file system directly.

    4.) Being able to thumb your nose at Apple's strict control... just because you can.



    Michael
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    Love number 4, that's a reason I do it to lol.
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    "TEST" out games before buying.

    Customize your iPad to certain degrees, most people don't make iPad themes, but if your good with photoshop you can make cool things.

    I use Display Out a lot, the ability to show your iPad on a tv/monitor/projector etc.

    Lots and lots of positives.

    No really negatives really.
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    I am interested in jailbreaking my iPad. Any thoughts?
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    I'd love to have the GPS, but your #4 is enough. Personally, I havent done the JB yet, but I will most likely just install a GPS into my car and forget the JB.
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    Because it was necessary to have the device functional on 3.2, and its necessary to "downgrade" the nonsense Apple pulled with regards to the orientation lock with 4.2.1.
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    Its your iPad. You own it. Do whatever you want with it! The absolute worst thing that will happen is that you won't like it for some reason and then you can always restore your iPad back to iOS 4.2.1.
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    LOL. I still can't believe people are getting so riled up over one little switch being moved to software instead of hardware.

    Double click home button, swipe, tap. Locked. Not as easy as the switch, but not the end of the world by any means.
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    jailbreaking is so easy that once you do it you would think why you never did before. It takes a couple of minutes and ipad runs exactly the same.

    The reason you should do it is up to you but I can't find one reason why you shouldn't except for blind love for steve jobs and apple.
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    multitasking was a big one for me,which is now a moot point.
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    Flash player!!!
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    Here are some of my top reasons:
    #1 Complete file system access (especially with iFile).

    What does this mean? It means your files are no longer trapped in their apps.
    You can type up a document in Pages, then do any of the following:
    - copy it over to a bluetooth/wifi file-sharing app, and send it to other devices, or a PC
    - copy it over to a wireless printing app
    - copy it to any other app you prefer
    - OR, connect a USB flash drive via the camera connection kit, and copy the document over to the USB drive.

    Heck, it works the other way around. Via iFile, you can connect a USB disk via the camera connection kit, BROWSE YOUR FLASH DRIVE, and copy any file from it to any app on your iPad (like to Pages, etc.) Makes it easy to copy files/documents from ANYWHERE onto your iPad, without needing a PC with iTunes.

    #2 Flash

    There are quite a number of alternatives.
    You can get "Frash", which is actually "Flash for Android", hacked to work on iOS.

    Then, there's also:
    - Cloud Browse: used to be on the app store, not anymore I think, but can still be gotten via Cydia. It's like using Firefox on a PC, with Flash, AND JAVA applets as well.
    - Skyfire: was in the appstore for quite a while, but was pulled out. You can also find this via Cydia, and it will play flash videos for you.

    #3 Jailbreak-only apps

    Here are some to get started:
    - MyWi: lets you turn your iPad into a wireless access point. Good for 3G iPads wanting to share their internet to other wireless devices (eats up your battery like a ***** though)

    - SwirlySMS: send and receive SMS messages from your 3G iPad.

    - iDos: this was on the app store for like a day before it was pulled. But its still on Cydia. A full DOS emulator, people have done cool stuff on it, like play legacy DOS games (like Commander Keen, or The Incredible Machines), and even crazy stuff on it like install Windows 3.11, and then install Warcraft II into that. I haven't tried it yet, but even crazier stuff like installing Windows 95, then installing Starcraft in it, MIGHT be possible.

    - Speaking of emulators, there are tons. Like PSX4ALL, which allows you to play Playstation 1 games on an iOS device. etc. The possibilities are endless.

    - And speaking of endless possibilities, there's also the (coming soon) Android OS installed on an iPad. Dual-boot iOS and Android pad = even more crazy possibilities.
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    Thank you for the reasons.. All good and worthy traits, each one. More icons... Multitasking..... Hey...wait a second. The latest update did that. (love it)

    Ok all seriouse like now. All I want to do is crack security on wifi with an iPad. Can it be done if I jailbreak one of these puppies? Has it been done?
    I find references to some apps early last year that could do something..... but they are gone, banned, some **** so I immediately pricked my ears up on the matter. The fact it might be possible makes me want it more.. ( I do network security, and the occasional noob try's to run another wifi ap, with yet another dhcp server)
    sniff, crack, shutdown.

    Or tell me at least of what other network admin apps I could get... Utilities ( useful ones) screw games.. I have money to make with iPad.
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    do it for free apps.

    -waits for people to get mad and pretend like they dont jb for this-
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    Great explanation bundat!!! Thank you!!!

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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