You know, there are times where I love jailbreaking and everything’s going well, and others where I am just frustrated with it. In this post, I want to give you what I love and hate about jailbreaking.
This part should be short, simple, and to the point. I love jailbreaking, from my point of view, it is like stock Android, you have all the power of stock iOS plus some. The term jailbreaking gets thrown around a lot and here’s my simple solution for everyone. If you’re not brave enough to jailbreak your device yourself, you shouldn’t be jailbreaking. I know, it is a bit harsh but let me elaborate. If you know how to jailbreak then you know the risks that come with it, if you want me to do it, well you’re just saying, “I’m scared” or “I don’t know what I’m doing, can you do it for me?” My simple answer is no.
Jailbreaking is not all bad, there are more goods (I believe) then there are bad in terms of jailbreaking. When I first jailbreak your device there are several things I must have to install. Those are as follows: biteSMS, WinterBoard (with ayecon or ayeris), Springtomize, and now Eclipse. From my experience (at least with the iOS 7 jailbreak), my phone seems to crash less than it was when it was not jailbroken, to my surprise. I’ve been able to somewhat maintain Apple’s “legendary battery life” (just a little decrease on normal usage).
With all goods, must be a bad right? Of course. This applies to jailbreaking as well. Bad tweaks, bad themes, and even bad jailbreak apps exist in the Cydia Store. Some of these items come from the default repos (unlikely), but most come from third party repositories. Just because you’re jailbroken does not mean you could do whatever you want. If you came to jailbreaking thinking this, jailbreaking isn’t for you.
The worst repositories are pirate repositories. We–as the Jailbreak Central team–are against all forms of piracy and this is no exception. Most pirate repos come with some sort of malware, or modified deb files. This isn’t the worst part either, with pirated apps, tweaks and themes, when you choose to decide to remove the item in question, most of the time, the item will leave traces of the installed item without user consent.
The middle ground, I feel like is where I live. This could be taken in both good or bad ways. For me personally, I take it as both. I love jailbreaking, and I am the ‘Jailbreak Master’ on our team, but sometimes, I also make mistakes. This is how this post came to be.
The other day I had an issue where Calculator, Mail, Safari, Weather were crashing upon launch. I tried looking for symptoms. After scouring Reddit for a few hours, the only symptom I found was caused by App Sync, (which I did not have installed). So what do I do next? I tried iLEX RAT and iLEX Restore. Neither of which fixed my issue. Luckily for me, iOS 7.1 was still in beta, so I was able to restore to iOS 7.0.6. What was the issue? Why were the apps crashing? I was unsure, and it still remains a mystery.
So what is jailbreaking for me? It is this amazing thing that when done correctly, it could open doors to a ton of potential. It’s neither bad or good. I jailbreak every chance I have, and if it fails? I learn from my mistakes.
Let me know your thoughts on jailbreaking in the comments below. I am very interested to hear.