Jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system through use of custom kernels.
Jailbreaking is completely legal so you’re not breaking any laws if you eventually decide to jailbreak your idevice
Jailbreaking removes all those ‘silly’ restrictions that Apple placed on the iPhone.
Jailbreaking instals “Cydia” on your idevice. Cydia is just like the official AppStore but basically houses all the apps, tweaks, themes and other features that Apple did not allow into the Appstore. The Cydia store actually started before the AppStore, so most of the good things that happened to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad can actually be credited to the jailbreak community. Most of the features in the official Apple software came as ideas from the tweaks in the jailbreak store. Apple even hired some members from the jailbreak community, the most recent being Peter Hajas (the guy responsible for the notifications centre in the highly anticipated iOS 5).
You can install a whole load of themes. you can even make your idevice look like Windows OS.
Jailbreaking enables you to install custom IPSW (iPhone software) to unlock your idevice even if it’s already locked on an international carrier. This means that you don’t have to shell out $700 for a factory unlocked iphone before it works in your country. You could just buy the $199 iPhone 4 on a cheap contract and then unlock it to work on any carrier.
Jailbreaking enables features like bluetooth transfer to and from any phone . Depending on your device firmware, you can use either of three apps to do this (iBluenova, iBluetooth, or Celeste).
Jailbreaking is really cool. It makes you feel like you’re a programmer even though you know you’re just following instructions that the real hackers simplified.
Even though it is completely legal to jailbreak your device, Apple is still cracking down on jailbreakers. Jailbreaking instantly voids your warranty. (An easy way around that though is just to install an official apple software on your device which would wipe any traces of a previous jailbreak so your warranty is ‘safe’).
Installing too many jailbreak apps tends to make your battery drain faster. It also slightly slows down your device especially if you’re using an iPhone 2G, 3G or first generation iPad.
Jailbreaking can absolutely screw up your device, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Jailbreaking your device is easy. You shouldn’t have to pay for it. Over the next few days, I will be teaching you all the things you need to know to jailbreak any iOS device.