Quick info about what jailbreaking means – read if you are a beginner.
iOS jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations on Apple devices running the iOS operating system through the use of software and hardware exploits – such devices may include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS operating system, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, tweaks and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple AppStore.
One of the reasons for jailbreaking is to expand the feature set limited by Apple and its AppStore. Apple checks apps for compliance with its iOS Developer Program License Agreement before accepting them for distribution in the AppStore. However, their reasons for banning apps are not limited to safety and security and may be construed as arbitrary and capricious. As the list of banned apps continues to grow, users rely on jailbreaking to circumvent Apple’s censorship of content and features. Jailbreaking permits the downloading of programs not approved by Apple, such as customization apps used to change the User Interface.
Since software programs available through Cydia are not required to adhere to App Store guidelines, many of them are not typical self-contained apps but instead are extensions and customizations for iOS and other apps. Users install these programs for purposes including personalization and customization of the interface, adding desired features and fixing annoyances, and making development work on the device easier by providing access to the filesystem and command-line tools.
What do you need to jailbreak an iDevice?
Well, let’s make it simple, first of all, you need a PC or a Mac, the iDevice running a jailbreakable iOS version – and the right jailbreak tool. Nowadays, hackers have developed one-click jailbreak tools (such as evasi0n or greenpois0n) that can be used easily by any beginner.
Sometimes the community gets very lucky and JailbreakMe.com gets updated with a new jailbreak solution that allows the user to jailbreak directly from the iDevice – not needing the help of a computer.
On the legal side, is jailbreaking legal?
Yes, jailbreaking is completely legal! There is nothing to worry about if you jailbreak your iDevice.
Is jailbreaking revesible, or does it void my warranty?
Yes, it is. Just plug the device to your computer, open iTunes and hit the RESTORE button. Your iDevice will then be restored to factory defaults – no traces of jailbreak remain. Ergo your warranty stays intact as long as you restore your device to factory defaults before taking it to an Apple Store.
Is jailbreaking actually … piracy?
In no way jailbreaking equals piracy. Jailbreaking means freedom to do whatever you want with your iDevice. And yes, that includes pirating AppStore apps but that is illegal and is not recommended. If you like and app from the AppStore, buy it and support the hard work of the developers.
What are the most common jailbreak tools out there?
To be fair, there are a few tools that can jailbreak any iOS device; the most used tool is always the latest released tool; Some jailbreak tools are: redsn0w, greenpois0n, evasi0n, Absinthe, SpiritJB, JailbreakMe.com, sn0wbreeze, iFaith, Seas0nPass (for the AppleTVs), limera1n, blackra1n.