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Jailbreaking... Good or Bad?

asked Feb 21 '11 at 20:10

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Well i never liked people saying that it can expose you to security treats. For a jailbreak to exist in the first placethe developers must find a security flaw in the firmware to allow to to be jailbroken.

Funny thing is that every firmware out there has had a flaw to allow them to be jailbroken in the first place, Which means they are NOT secure at all. So that argument really doesn't have any merit.

Think at the pdf exploit found in 4.0/4.0.1, Which allowed people to run unsigned code. That caused alot of headaches for people with potential treats just by clicking on a pdf file.

After jailbreaking you were able to patch it straight away, But had to wait nearly two weeks for apple to fix it.

The pros of jailbreaking far outweigh that of not.(infact i can't think of any) Doesn't slow the phone down and there is 0% chance of fully bricking your iphone, Simply restoring your phone will put it back to its original state(Warranty intact at that point)

There are at least 10 utilites in which i use every day, Some that improve upon apples own features, like multi-tasking, Loading music onto the iphone, And syncing.

Fact is because of jailbreaking i can now sync with itunes from anywhere in the world. I can share my internet connection with anyone through wifi. Use themes.

Anyone who thinks jailbreaking doesn't add features should ask why android is becoming more and more popular.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 20:37

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Can't think of any cons? I'm a jailbreaker, and I don't think I could ever go back, but there certainly are cons. If the jailbreak is tethered then you are unable to shut down your iOS device, or allow it to run out of battery, unless you want to have to rejailbreak, which may be difficult in some situations. Also, while jailbreaking itself doesn't slow down your device, many of the most popular jailbreak apps (like Winterboard) do have a significant slow-down effect.

(Feb 22 '11 at 21:49) Zagorath Zagorath's gravatar image

I like the flexibility and functionality that comes with jailbreaking my ipod touch. I also like the satisfying feeling of control I have over my device :p But the jailbreaking community has vastly matured in the last few years and the risks are minimal. As long as you're not a pirate, I see nothing wrong with jailbreaking.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 20:27

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It is good if you like to customize the operating system.

It is bad if you like syncing your device with iTunes and having an almost perfect (stability wise) operating system.

Coming from a guy that is completely against jailbreaking, I don't want to say much more (I'm trying to keep this argument as fair as possible).

answered Feb 21 '11 at 20:13

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edited Feb 21 '11 at 20:13


Jailbreaking does not affect your ability to sync with iTunes whatsoever.

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:52) ScottishDan ScottishDan's gravatar image

You can even change the position of cydia from iTunes.

(Feb 21 '11 at 21:07) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Jailbreaking has never effected the OS negatively when I have jailbroken.

(Feb 21 '11 at 21:40) Justin Justin's gravatar image

I've never had a problem with my OS or with iTunes. The jailbreak never affected either of them. Just the phone itself. If you were to restore the phone back to normal, and resync it. iTunes wouldn't even know the difference.

In fact, it syncs and restores as if normally.

(Feb 22 '11 at 02:45) Maxwell Evans Maxwell%20Evans's gravatar image

I know a quite a few people that like to jailbreak their devices. Yet no one has come up with a good reason why except that you can customize it.


  1. Customize it how you like
  2. Add extra features not supported or allowed by Apple
  3. Get apps that Apple doesn't want in the App Store (Like: VNC, iDOS)


  1. Slows down the device(most of the time)
  2. If done wrong and brick your device
  3. Can cause your device to become unstable(Crashes)
  4. Can expose you to security threats that would otherwise not be around in regular iOS
  5. Not Supported by Apple which means that you void your warrenty

I am against jailbreaking and don't like the idea. I like the fact that iOS is secure and stable.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 20:23

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It is impossible to brick your device jailbreaking unless you're a lunatic. That's a false pretense and common misconception. Give me one way you could brick your device by modifying user permissions, plus you can always just restore with iTunes... Apps only crash if you're low on memory or disk space, or if an app is made poorly. Actually the jailbreak community has POINTED OUT and provided fixes for security vulnerabilities before apple, namely the pdf patch a while back. And your warranty is not voided, if you crack the screen, you can jsut restore your ipod.iphone and give it to them; they'll fix it.

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:31) ThePrall44 ThePrall44's gravatar image

You can brick your device if you mod the boot loader wrong. Yes it would be difficult but could happen. It didn't say that there was only a small chance I said it can happen. You cannot restore with iTunes if iTunes won't recognize the device. I never said that Apps crash but Apps crash on my iPod Touch 4 gen 4.2.1 and those are apps from the App store. If you break the device in such a way that it is not recognize by iTunes then you can't restore thus when you give it to Apple to fix they will be able to see that it was jail-broken.

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:39) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

If the device is not recognizable by iTunes, then you can put it into DFU mode, and on the off chance that you can't put it into DFU mode, bring it to the Apple Store, and from experience they can help you out. Plus how would the average user go about modding the bootloader by accident? haha That would be one confused noob. And if you say apps from Apple's App Store crash, that means that you cant hold that against jailbreaking. And I'm also assuming you're using a tested jailbreak. Geohot and Chronic Dev usually do a good job, the ih8snow ones, not so much haha

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:51) ThePrall44 ThePrall44's gravatar image

Geohot's jailbreak ALWAYS works. It really is pretty much impossible to brick an iPhone or iPod Touch, even if you are a moron. I told a friend of mine how to do it, and he did it, and he's completely computer illiterate for the most part. And even HE figured out how to do it, and did it right.

(Feb 22 '11 at 02:49) Maxwell Evans Maxwell%20Evans's gravatar image

Jailbreaking for me is essential. I've been freeing iPhones since the original in 2007, in fact my original iPhone came pre-jailbroken. I don't think I could ever run a vanilla iPhone and in fact hold off buying the newest iPhone until a proven jailbreak is available. The day iPhone becomes a super-max is the day I jump ship to Android- although it seems that there will always be some vulnerability to exploit.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 21:04

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for ayone wanting to know, do not jailbreak your ps3. PSN are tracking jailbroken ps3's down and will be blocking not just the accounts but the whole console from accessing psn

answered Feb 21 '11 at 20:16

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Ashley Cardwell

Does this answer the question?

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:24) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

No, but it might help some people (if they are willing to read through the poor grammar).

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:26) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

And the spelling. How difficult is it for people to use decent grammar? I don't consider myself perfect but I try my best. She is not the only one that can't use decent spelling and grammar. Someone a few days ago told me that the reason there is a edit/community wiki button is for other people to fix it for them....

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:29) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

Meh! Hackers have already hacked the block - allowing those blocked to unblock themselves http://www.destructoid.com/psn-hack-lets-users-unban-themselves-ban-others-194361.phtml

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:50) ScottishDan ScottishDan's gravatar image

Bad it's dishonest apple doesn't like it.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 20:29

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lol whats dishonest about it???

(Feb 21 '11 at 20:34) ThePrall44 ThePrall44's gravatar image

There's nothing dishonest about it. You can follow the people who design the jailbreaks on twitter. Their blogs are accessable to everyone. Apple can see everything they're doing. Like I said nothing dishonest.

(Feb 21 '11 at 21:11) Raax Raax's gravatar image

There's absolutely NOTHING dishonest about it. It's completely 100% legal to do. Therefore, it's NOT dishonest. Apple may not like it, but they're not trying much to stop it other than patching the few known exploits that allow for jailbreaking.

(Feb 22 '11 at 02:42) Maxwell Evans Maxwell%20Evans's gravatar image

I jailbreak. Remember when your icons lost their mind springjumps can fix that, want themes winterboard is to the rescue and you have a whole community on your side and ready to help. Some other perks of jailbreaking are SSH, Tweaks (lot's don't have time to list), custom boot logos and SBSettings. Many more things are possible and the latest 4.2.1 is ready for you to jailbreak it on Mac or PC so WHY NOT?

answered Feb 21 '11 at 21:14

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Another answer just made me remember that I better say I don't use my jailbreak for anything illegal just some cool stuff for my iPod touch 2g which I am typing from now.

(Feb 21 '11 at 23:24) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I could not live with an un-jailbroken ipod. I can go months without a phone, but not a day without my ipod. When I get my iphone this week, the first thing i'm doing is jailbreaking it. SBSettings and Backgrounder are the ones I use the most.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 21:33

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I have had my Iphone jailbroken since I owned a 3GS. I did not find any problems with it being jailbroken. It actually gave me more opensource opportunity. Of course I still supported the developers.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 22:27

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