Jailbreaking, so many questions rush to one’s mind; that being said, it is a complex, yet very simple controversy. As of July 26th, 2010, jailbreaking is no longer illegal. Even before then, jailbreaks were still being made, exploits were being found, and devices were being jailbroken. You see, it is not as scary as it might seem. To be completely honest, I used to think that it was just an App Store application that allowed you break out of jail (Video game). Although, you got to keep in mind that I was only 9 years young at that time.
Is it dangerous? In most cases, no. Take a look at how far Substrate Safe Mode (Boots into stock) has come. I rarely hear about someone bricking their iDevice. Sure, boot loops may occur, but that’s an easy fix as long as you have OpenSSH and/or afc2add. To prove how safe it actually is today, take a look at iLEX RAT (Remove All Tweaks) and Semi-Restore. If something ever goes wrong with your device that is due to an incompatible jailbreak tweak, simply run either of these and you are set. Semi-Restore is a program that runs well, a semi-restore via a program on your computer (device must be plugged in). iLEX RAT on the other hand, runs on your device alone, and yes, it is compatible with all iOS versions (7.0.x – 7.0.6).
What is jailbreaking even used for? Well, lots of things! Some may use it for their own reasons (Piracy), as compared to others who use it to further the abilities of your device. Think about it like this, if you have ever seen the movie Limitless (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219289/), then you are familiar with the pill that “unlocks” the rest of your brain. Apply that same exact concept to iDevices. Jailbreaking unlocks the rest of your device. It is an amazing utility, and we are extremely lucky to have dedicated hackers/researchers/developers who make it all possible.
This was just my two cents on Jailbreaking, this will not be the last article you read from me, so stay tuned!
Guest post: Keveen