What is Jailbreak and what is it for?
In this article I will tell you in details about what Jailbreak is, its types, advantages and disadvantages, and will try to answer the most frequently asked questions about Jailbreak.
Jailbreak – it is a process in which you are getting a free access to the file system, in simple words it is the process of hacking the firmware of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Many people confuse jailbreak with Unlock, but it is not the same thing. Unlock is a modification of the software of GSM-module of the device, which allows you to use your phone with a SIM-card of any operator. Anyway, this article is about Jailbreak, so let’s see some of the benefits and disadvantages of using Jailbreak.
Benefits of Jailbreak
- The ability to install third party apps from the Cydia – tweaks, that for some reasons cannot be officially placed in the App Store. There are hundreds of great plug-ins that allow you to completely change the appearance of iOS, as well as to expand the functionality of iPhone or iPad.
- The ability to install cracked paid apps from App Store for free.
- The ability to unlock the iPhone to be able to use it with any SIM-cards of any mobile operators. Unlock via jailbreak is only valid for the old iPhone models before iPhone 4.
Jailbreak is completely legal, at least in the United States. In the summer of 2010, the US government decided to recognize the jailbreak as legitimate. What harm can bring a jailbreak? The worst thing that can happen when you try to jailbreak is that your device might hang or freeze. Some users believe that it is unfixable, in fact it can be easily fixed by using the iTunes restore tool or simply by trying to jailbreak once again.
Disadvantages of Jailbreak
- The iPhone and iPad with jailbreak cannot be updated to the latest version of iOS
- Devices with jailbreak are not eligible for warranty service, but you can always return it to the factory settings using the iTunes. Employees of Apple service will not be able to prove that your device was jailbroken.
Types of Jailbreak
- Untethered (full, unbound) jailbreak works permanently even after you restart your device. This is the main difference from the tethered jailbreak.
- Tethered jailbreak works only until you restart the device. If you turn off or reboot the device and it hangs on apple logo boot screen, to enable normal operation it is required to boot the device by using a certain program. All data on the device (apps, music, photos, videos, etc.) in this case will not disappear.
In recent years, hackers do not spread the tools to make tethered jailbreak.
I cannot wholeheartedly recommend jailbreaking, and as a rule I wouldn’t do it to my own phone. Some jailbreak tweaks may feature backdoors that let hackers access your personal details. Also, jailbreak compromises smartphone security provided by Apple. The experts from Apple stating that jailbreaking removes the security layers on the iPhone, causes an iPhone to behave erratically and dramatically shorten battery life. So, do it at your own risk.
Frequently Asked Questions about Jailbreak
Q: Can I use iTunes and App Store after jailbreaking?
A: Of course you can. The jailbreak doesn’t affect access to the App Store. The most important change will be noticeable appearance of a new application on your device called Cydia
Q: What is Cydia?
A: Cydia is some sort of black market of apps and tweaks. There you can find app developers whose applications were rejected by App Store for various reasons.
Q: How to remove jailbreak?
A: Recovery of your device to an official firmware will result in complete removal of the jailbreak.
Q: How much costs the program that allows you to perform the jailbreak?
A: All of the software that allows you to perform jailbreak is free, sometimes hackers may ask for donations.