Being an App Developer, and someone who earns his living solely by selling Mobile Apps, I’m totally against idea of Jailbreaking not just the iPhone, but any Smartphone for that matter. I personally think that Jailbreaking is unethical and I do not endorse it. With that said, I understand why someone might want to Jailbreak and Unlock their iPhone – the iPhone is not perfect, and has its flaws. There are a lot of things that you can’t do on the iPhone, that you would otherwise be able to do on let’s say an Android Device. And it’s not because the iPhone doesn’t have the capability of doing certain things, it’s just that Apple doesn’t want it to. If there’s one thing I dislike about Apple, it would be their arrogance and stubbornness to change and adapt to consumer demands. The whole philosophy of Apple is “It’s my way or the highway. F**K the customers. They’re stupid and don’t know what they want. Instead, we will shove our ideas and philosophies down their throats.” And it’s not by accident; Steve Jobs wanted it this way. The whole Apple Inc. is simply a physical manifestation of Steve Jobs’ personality; which, according to a lot of Ex and Current Apple Executives/Employees, wasn’t quite great. I’ll just leave it at that.
Now, getting back to the topic at hand.
You want to Jailbreak and Unlock your iPhone I see? Well, before we proceed with the How To, I’d like to take a moment to Describe and Distinguish between Jailbreaking and Unlocking your iPhone. Sometimes people tend to confuse those two terms and think of them as one and the same; that’s a mistake. In fact, Jailbreaking and Unlocking are two completely different things.
iOS Jailbreaking – From Wikipedia
iOS Jailbreaking is the process of removing limitations on iOS, Apple’s operating system on devices running it through the use of software and hardware exploits; such devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and second-generation Apple TV. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS file system and manager, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store. Jailbreaking is a form of privilege escalation, and the term has been used to describe privilege escalation on devices by other manufacturers as well. The name refers to breaking the device out of its “jail”, which is a technical term used in Unix-style systems, for example in the term “FreeBSD jail”. A jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS can still use the App Store, iTunes, and other normal functions, such as making telephone calls.
Unlocking an iPhone
Unlocking is the process of modifying your iPhone’s Software (Firmware), in order to remove the Carrier Restrictions. What this means is: Majority of the iPhones that you buy from Cellular Service Providers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc… are LOCKED and work only with the SIM Card from the provider you bought the Phone from. So with a LOCKED iPhone, if you’re unhappy with AT&T’s service, you simply cannot remove the old SIM Card and insert a new one from a different service provider. The iPhone will reject the New SIM Card.
When you Unlock your iPhone, you remove all these Carrier Restrictions and you modify the iPhone’s Software (Firmware), so that it can work on any Network, with any Cellular Service Provider, around the WORLD.
When Should You Jailbreak Your iPhone?
If you’re unhappy with your current iPhone (iOS), and want to take its Awesomeness Factor to the next level, then you should consider Jailbreaking your iPhone (iOS Device).
When Should You Unlock Your iPhone?
If you’re unhappy with your current Cellular Service Provider, or if you’re moving to a different Country, then you should definitely consider Unlocking your iPhone (iOS Device).
Now that we’re done with the Introductions, let’s get to the Meat and Bone of this Guide.
Jailbreak iPhone – Instructions
The way Jailbreaking works is that, every time Apple launches an Update to the iOS, the Jailbreaking Community (Hackers) develops a tool (software) to Jailbreak that version of the iOS. So the instructions vary depending on which version of the iOS you currently have installed on your iPhone (iOS Device). Since there are a Million different versions of the iOS, it’s not feasible for me to do Step-by-Step Jailbreaking Instructions for each version. Instead, I recommend the in-depth Jailbreaking Guide compiled by the folks at iPhoneHacks.com:
The Jailbreaking Guide at iPhoneHacks.com is the most Up-To-Date How To Jailbreak iPhone Guide, and has Jailbreaking Instructions for all the versions of the iOS.
Unlock iPhone – Instructions
Just like Jailbreaking, Unlocking too has varying instructions and tools (software) for each version of the iOS. As such, it’s not feasible for me to do Step-by-Step Unlocking Instructions for each version of the iOS. Instead, I recommend the in-depth Unlocking Guide compiled by the folks at iDownloadBlog.com:
The Unlock iPhone Guide at iDownloadBlog.com is the most Up-To-Date How To Unlock iPhone Guide.
Couple things to note before you decide to Jailbreak and Unlock your iPhone (iOS Device):
1) Once you Jailbreak your iPhone (iOS Device), it is no longer covered under the standard Apple Warranty.
2) Jailbreaking slows down your iPhone (iOS Device). It has a negative impact on the overall performance of your iPhone (iOS Device).
3) Restoring a device with iTunes or Upgrading to a new version of the iOS removes the Jailbreak.
4) Jailbreaking can cause your iPhone (iOS Device) to constantly Freeze, and in some cases, just turn into a worthless piece of Brick. Total System Failure.
To learn more about the disadvantages of Jailbreaking, I recommend reading the following article:
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.
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