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Why You Might Not Want to Jailbreak Your iDevice

Many of the reasons why you may have wanted to jailbreak your iPhone in the past aren’t as valid anymore. You wanted a mobile hotspot and now you have that officially. Even so, there are still reasons why you might want to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, but there are reasons why you might not want to either.

Perhaps the biggest reason why you’d want to avoid jailbreaking is the possibility of stability issues. The jailbreaking process can cause things to “break” and not work as you’d expect them to work, and then you’re left with troubleshooting on your lonesome. Further still, since you’re opening up your iDevice to unauthorized alterations, you could be opening up vulnerabilities for hackers to get their way in there too.

You’ll also have to wait longer for iOS updates, since you have to wait for the jailbreak for the new version to come out first. That’s happening faster than ever, (although the iPad 2 jailbreak is still unavailable) and it’s troublesome, not to mention the increased need to restore more often. This includes not only an iOS restore, but also all your apps, music, photos, videos, and other content.

And yes, even though you might be jailbreaking to gain access to some cool apps, the best apps in Cydia aren’t exactly free either; in fact, they can cost more than an iTunes-sanctioned equivalent. Jailbreaking might not be all its cracked up to be, so weigh the benefits against the headaches to figure out if you still want to do it. Coincidentally, according to Dev-Team, it seems Apple have not patched the most recent exploits, going on number three.

… three in a row! Apple released iOS 4.3.3 on Wednesday, and once again the untethered jailbreak exploit that @i0n1c created for 4.3.1 still works. That makes it an unprecedented three firmwares where the same userland exploit works. We’re not exactly sure why Apple hasn’t fixed the hole yet, but we’re not complaining!

Have they given up on the jailbreaking community? It’s not even illegal, so it’s not like Apple could ever recoup any losses from a lawsuit. And why would they go and sue their own users?

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10 comments

  1. Despite the additions to iOS over the past few years, quality apps like LockInfo, QuickReply SMS, Backgrounder and even SBSettings (to name a few), are all solid reasons to jailbreak.  Sure, the theming stuff and some of the jailbreak apps are lame or of poor quality, but there’s still enough reason to jailbreak until Apple decides to let us out of their walled garden (which will be never).

  2. Javierpearland

     i have jailbroken my ipod 4g with red snow and works perfect with it i did meny cool twiks on it and is stil not afected 

  3. What a bloody nonsense article!

    I have an ipad, ipod touch and iphone 3gs

    All are jail-broken and work better than a non jailbroken idevice

  4. This person has clearly not jailbroken an idevice. Do some research. Start with the at&n death txt.

  5. bullshxxxxxxxxt article

  6. Sudeep_ahead2010

    jailbreaking is the first thing i did with my ipad and cydia is the first app i ran,this artilcle really sucks big timwe

  7. Jailbreaking does cause instability if you install some daemons that don’t play well together, or pirate your daemons (ie cracked folderenhancer). But if you jailbreak and just install non-system related apps, it should be as stable as normal.

  8. This is a really stupid article. Jail-breaking does not decrease “Stability” Some apps that you can get from jail-breaking can be unstable, but that doesn’t mean your phone is unstable. Also, you don’t have to wait until the next jailbreak to update. That’s entirely your choice.

  9. While there are obvious benefits to jail-breaking an iPhone, the cons associated with it out-weigh the benefits. In 2007 when the first iPhone came out, it was an equal trade-off, but not now.

  10. Whatever

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