Now, that you have purchased a new iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad are you still wondering if you should jailbreak it?
Here are 12 good reasons that will change your mind. Jailbreaking is hacking your iOS device to enable support for third party software applications and providing enhanced controls and settings that are otherwise restricted by Apple.
1. Install Custom Themes
Apple does not support third party themes and the users of the stock firmware iOS device have to live with the default dull theme.
Jailbreaking puts life in your iPhone or iPod Touch by offering world class themes submitted by jailbreak application coders from all around the world.
The Cydia jailbreak application directory is full of thousands of free and paid themes that are bound to catch eyes.
2. Control your iOS device with gestures using the ‘Activator’ mod
Activator mod available on the jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch offer users the power to control the hardware using gestures.
As an example, you can switch off your iOS device by simply drawing a gesture on the device screen, while your peer struggles with the hard keys to power down his device.
Jailbreaking will make you a much lot faster and smarter while operating your iOS device.
3. Support For Unlocked iOS Devices
If you use an unlocked iOS device; then, you will need to jailbreak your device to upgrade it to the new iOS version.
The jailbreak will preserve your baseband and hence, can be subsequently unlocked using Ultrasn0w.
4. Activate Settings Toggle Using the ‘SBsettings’ mod
Stop being jealous of Android’s power control widget that toggles basic hardware connections. In the jailbroken iOS devices with Cydia Apps, the SBsettings mod enables a settings toggle widget.
You can scroll left and right to access a host of toggle options. This settings toggle comes in very handy while switching on and off the Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, data, etc.
It is a free application and can be easily downloaded and installed from Cydia Apps.
5. Extend Support for Siri on Older iOS Devices Using Spire
It was quite annoying for the old iOS device owners when Apple came out with Siri only for its new iOS devices.
But, if you jailbreak your iOS device, you can install ‘Spire’ from the Cydia Apps and enjoy Siri on your old iOS device.
Jailbreaking frees you from the unnecessary restrictions imposed by Apple and use your device’s full potential.
6. Convert Your iOS Device To A Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot using ‘MyWi’
Say, you and your friend need to simultaneously connect their laptops to the internet and there is no Wi-Fi hotspot around. Have you ever felt this need to carry a portable Wi-Fi hotspot?
Now, convert your iOS device into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot by installing ‘MyWi’ application available under Cydia Apps at a very economical price. But, to access the Cydia Apps, you again need to have a jailbroken iPhone.
7. Make Full Use of 3G Using ’3G Unrestrictor’
Troubled by the Apple’s decision to restrict video calls on its iOS devices in the 3G network? Is the inability of your iOS device to download files greater than 20 MB over 3G seriously testing your nerves?
Make use of ’3G Unrestrictor’ to overcome some serious limitations of your iOS device. After installing this application on your jailbroken iOS device, you can easily make video calls over the 3G networks.
It will also disable the 20MB download file size limit on 3G networks.
8. Completely Personalize Your iOS Device Using ‘Springtomize’
You have always loved the way the other phone users customized their home-screens and folders. Now, do much more than that. ‘Springtomize’ application available in the Cydia Apps will help you to completely customize your iOS device.
You can change right from the icon sizes and shapes to adding widgets and docs to your home-screen. You can virtually configure everything and make it a completely new device. It is a very powerful tool and lets you enable animations and transitions as well.
9. Decline Calls With A Locked Phone Using ‘EZDecline’
If you happen to receive a call while your iPhone is locked and you wish to decline the call, you cannot do it. Apple has forgotten to add a decline call option while the iPhone is locked.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you need not worry. By installing ‘EZDecline’ utility on your iPhone you can enable the call Decline option while your phone is locked.
10. Keep Track of Your Data Using ‘DataMonitor’
It is always nice to keep track of your data usage. This will help you to better manage your data charges.
Cydia jailbreak apps offers a small DataMonitor utility that will keep track of your 3G and Wi-Fi data usage. It offers statistics on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
11. Turn Your iOS Device Flash To An Emergency Light Using ‘SpringFlash’
We all know the importance of an emergency light. ‘SpringFlash’ is an application that will convert your iPhone or iPod Touch with a flash into an emergency light.
You can configure the software to set the flash trigger by defining the key combinations. Now, when you require a flashlight, just press the key combination and your iOS device flash will fire up.
12. Automatically Change Your Display Tone To Suit The Time Of The Day Using ‘F.Lux’
This application has been around for a host of other devices, but only Cydia has brought it to iOS powered devices. It helps your device display to match the time of day by changing its color tone.
This ensures the best device display during any time of the day. You can easily read the device display outdoors and at the same time, it takes care of your eyes while reading your mail at midnight in low light conditions.
There are thousands of jailbreak Cydia apps available for the jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The ones that will best suit you depend upon your own requirements and taste. But, jailbreaking surely enables a world of new features and enhancements for everyone.