Friday, January 7, 2011

Jailbreak your iPhone - for dummies!

What is iPhone Jailbreak?

In short, Jailbreak is the process of hacking an iPhone to free it from Apple restrictions.

Because the iPhone is far from flawless as Apple created it, thousands of iPhone users have flocked to Jailbreak in search of iPhone changes and improvements. iPhone has been held back by limited customizability, text message privacy issues, and a lack of multitasking capabilities. But Jailbreak can solve all of these problems with apps and fixes available in Cydia and Installer.

Cydia and Installer are the unofficial “App Stores” of the Jailbreak world. Developers create apps and tweaks and different utilities and upload them to these package managers, which organize everything into categories. The differences between Cydia and the App Store are the lack of an app approval process, and the lack of access limits on the iPhone software — i.e. you can do things Apple did not design the iPhone software to do.

Why Jailbreak iPhone?

  1. No restrictions. Want a custom wallpaper on your home screen? Custom icons for your apps? Internet tethering? A category system for organizing your apps? The ability to hide native iPhone apps you don’t use? You can do all of this and more with Jailbreak, as iSmashPhone describes in ten reasons to Jailbreak your iPhone. As one of my readers recently noted, Jailbreak can make all your iPhone wishescome true.
  2. To join the subculture. Sick of Apple’s stranglehold on the iPhone? Those who Jailbreak iPhone belong to a movement of people who demand more from their iPhones. And they’re not gonna let Apple stop them. Beat the system: Jailbreak your iPhone.
  3. Unlock iPhone. To unlock your iPhone and use it on any carrier, you must first Jailbreak your iPhone. Some of the Jailbreak solutions below also allow you to unlock the iPhone, though unlocking is generally beyond the scope of this tutorial.

Disclaimer: Jailbreaking and/or unlocking an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is a complex process that requires technical skills (in most cases). It's for experienced, technologically savvy users. It can also cause problems on your devices or open security holes, both of which Apple may not help you fix. If you unlock or jailbreak your iOS device, you're doing so at your own risk and you may be on your own to fix any problems that arise. You were warned.

Video tutorial on Jailbreaking your iPhone


iPhone offers endless possibilities for expressing the human imagination, but Apple restrictions hold us back. iPhone Jailbreak frees your iPhone by letting you do just about anything that is possible to do with your iPhone. Jailbreak at its essence is the purest manifestation of the will of the people.

Yes, the App Store reflects well the imaginations and creativity of thousands of developers and iPhone users. Apple has done a brilliant job making the iPhone a blank slate that is able to continually mold to our collective conscience. Yet, iPhone can do and be so much more. Cue iPhone Jailbreak.

What do you think?

Do you Jailbreak? Did you find this post helpful and accurate? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments.

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  2. Nice post, best app to install after jailbreaking your Iphone IMO is Installous which allows you to install virtually any app in the appstore for free