Jailbreak who?

iPhone

Anybody who’s anybody knows that to get the most out of your iPhone, it needs to be jailbroken. Jailbreaking your Apple device opens up a whole new world of customizations and possibilities.

One of the major reasons the iPhone is criticized is that Apple, the manufacturer of the iPhone, puts strict limits on changing the way it works or looks. However a jailbroken device has none of these limitations.

Jailbreaking is the process of removing the manufacturer set limitations by way of software or hardware exploitation. The legality of jailbreaking has been under scrutiny since it became popular but exemptions added to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in October of 2012 made jailbreaking of telephone devices perfectly legal.

However there are some downsides to jailbreaking a device. Adding customizations to a device that have not been tested by Apple can result in unpredictable behavior or instability that may lead to more freezing or crashing of the device. Another major concern is that Apple will be able to provide very limited customer support on issues that involve non-Apple-approved apps or customizations.

The jailbreak process takes just a few minutes to perform and once done, can be undone by simply restoring the device. Anyone who wants to unleash the potential of their device or wants to to breathe some new life into an old phone can quickly do just that.

To perform a jailbreak on a device, the user will need:

  • An iPhone running a supported version of the iOS firmware (7.0.x or older)
  • Access to a computer
  • The latest version of a Jailbreak application (currently Evasi0n v1.0.7)
  • The latest version of iTunes

The detailed instructions and a link to download the jailbreak software can be found at Redmond Pie.

-Johnny Le

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