Jailbreaking your iPhone: Pros and Cons to Consider

Jailbreaking is the term given to the process which is used to modify the operating system running on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Apple devices. This process gives users the ability to have greater control over their device such as the ability to remove certain restrictions, remove/modify pre-installed apps, and install third party apps. Apple has restricted installation of any apps that are not available for download from The Apple App Store, jailbreaking enables users to bypass this restriction and install any apps they wish to.

The jailbreak process is completely legal and also completely reversible if needed. Jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad or iPod is not a difficult process; it can be completed in approximately 10-20 minutes depending on your knowledge of the device and level of technical experience.

Pros

1. User Experience: Some jailbreak mods allow users to tweak how they interact with their device, including how it reacts to swipes and gestures, multitasking and how themes are displayed.

2. Customization: Have you ever picked up an iPhone/iPad/iPod and thought the layout looks exactly like every other Apple mobile device? Sure the apps may be different, but how they look and the layout is always the same. Jailbreaking allows users to customize their device to look how they want it to, different from other ones.

3. New Apps: This is probably the main reason most people jailbreak their iPhone, iPad or iPod. There are many iOS apps, games, themes, etc. that are not available in The App Store that create a more fun iOS experience for users.

Cons

1. Updates: Anytime users update their device to a new iOS version, the jailbreak will be removed and has to be reinstalled. The problem with this is when new iOS versions become available, it takes some time before a new jailbreak process is also available for that version.

2. Voids Warranty: In some instances, jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad may void any warranties with service providers. Fortunately, they can still be restored back to factory setting before taking them in for repair.

3. Security/Stability: Jailbreaking your iOS device may make it more susceptible to security attacks and/or malware. Also, this may affect how stable the device is and operates.

If you are contemplating jailbreaking your iOS device, the first thing you will want to do is make sure it is capable of being jailbroken. Depending on the particular version of the operating system running on your device or how old it is, you may or may not be able to start the process. This is especially true if you have the newest device or the newest operating system running. There are several sites/tutorials online to assist with the whole process such as Evasi0n, iClarified, RedSnow, and more.

Ultimately, deciding to jailbreak an iPhone, iPad or iPod is completely up to each individual on a case-by-case basis. Some people are willing to have a less secure device if they are able to do a lot more on it to keep them happy, while others are not.