Top 10 Reasons to Jailbreak Your iPhone
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If you’re an owner of an iPhone, surely you’ve come across the concept of jailbreaking your iPhone in order to unlock its full potential. One thing to keep in mind is that if you jailbreak your iPhone, you void its warranty with Apple. However, other than that there are a number of benefits to jailbreaking your iPhone. If you’re still on the fence, here are the top 10 reasons to jailbreak your iPhone.
Top 10 Reasons to Jailbreak Your iPhone
1. Access to apps outside of the iTunes App Store
One of the best things about jailbreaking your iPhone is that you can access apps that aren’t normally available through the App Store. After you have jailbroken your phone, you’ll have access to Cydia, which is another app store where you can find a ton of apps that you can’t get from Apple.
2. Faster security updates
It may sound a bit ridiculous that you can get security updates faster if you jailbreak your iPhone rather than waiting for Apple, but it’s true. In the case of the PDF exploit, users with access to Cydia were able to download a patch to fix the issue before Apple was able to do anything.
Now you can be just like all your Android-toting friends with SBSettings. This tool allows you to easily change certain settings like 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and more without having to dig through the settings menus.
4. Gain access to the file system with iFile
Unfortunately, the iOS file system is hidden but with iFile, that’s no longer an issue. Navigate your iPhone’s files and folders using this app. This file viewer even supports non-standard data such as wmv, zip, pdf, and various audio/video formats.
5. Facetime with 3G
Using My3G, you can trick your iPhone apps into thinking that you’re on a Wi-Fi network, which will allow you to video chat even when you’re on 3G. The quality on 3G isn’t as good as over Wi-Fi, but it’s tolerable. My3G also allows you to download apps that are over the Apple-imposed 20 MB limit.
6. Game emulation
With a jailbroken iPhone, you have the ability to use your favourite emulators, such as nes4iphone, snes4iphone, mame4iphone and more. As long as you have the ROMs you can load up your favourite oldschool games using these emulators. Do this at your own risk though, since you’re probably breaking the law if you don’t own the original game of the ROM you’re playing.
7. Sync wirelessly
Instead of having to find your USB cable every time you want to sync your iPhone with your computer, you can do it wirelessly as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. All you need is the Wi-Fi Sync app on your iPhone and the client installed and running on your computer.
One of the annoyances with the iPhone is that you can’t turn it into a Wi-Fi hotspot and allow other devices to connect to it. However, after you jailbreak it you can get the MyWi app from Cydia which will allow you to tether other devices. Before you do this though, make sure that whichever provider you are with allows tethering or you may run into some trouble.
9. WinterBoard Themes
With WinterBoard themes, you can make anything from minor to massive tweaks to the look of your iPhone’s interface. You change fonts, colour combinations, choose from a variety of skins and more. If you want to make your iPhone look like OS X, you can do that too.
10. Add your own gestures
Using Activator, you can add extra gestures to your iPhone. For instance, you can swipe left on the status bar to launch an app. If you customize this app effectively, you can save yourself a lot of time.
We hope our top 10 reasons to jailbreak your iPhone were helpful to you if you were still undecided as to whether to go ahead with it or not. Jailbreaking unlocks a lot of added functionality that you normally wouldn’t get with a normal iPhone. As always, if you found this article informative, click “Like” to share it with all your friends.
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