Whether you’re jailbreaking your iPod, the iPhone or an iPad, there are some things you need to check out before you actually start doing so.
Is a Jailbreak even possible?
Not all iOS device can go through the jailbreak process, this is because different versions require different methods and not all iOS versions have working jailbreak tools available on the market.
It’s the 10th of May, 2016 today. The following iOS versions do not have a working jailbreak tool:
- iOS 9.2
- iOS 9.2.1
- iOS 9.3
- iOS 9.3.1
If you’re on a later iOS version than these (possibly iOS 9.3.2 in the near future) then chances are high that a jailbreak doesn’t exist for those versions either… since they haven’t even been released yet.
On the other hand, if you have the following iOS versions running on your device:
- iOS 9.1 (Jailbreak released on March 2016)
- iOS 9.0
- iOS 9.0.1
- iOS 9.0.2
Then you’re in luck, since Pangu has got your back.
But you already knew that?
So then the real question is, should you jailbreak your phone or not? I’ve said it several times and I’ll say it once more.
A jailbreak lets you install applications which are able to provide you services that usual app store applications can’t provide, it allows you to get various tweaks to make your life simpler and easier. But.
It comes at a cost, you won’t be able to upgrade to the latest iOS versions without losing all of your jailbreak benefits, so if you’re on iOS 9.1 and can’t decide if you wish to jailbreak or update, just ask yourself a simple question. Do you want to enjoy the features in the latest iOS or would you rather enjoy the features that jailbroken iOS device gives you.
What exactly is a jailbreak?
It’s simply the process of removing the software restrictions imposed by Apple, allowing you to install various tweaks and applications which are disallowed by the Apple App Store, essentially being able to circumvent the security measures put in place by Apple.
This has the side effect of allowing iOS applications to be installed for free, even if it requires money while being installed from the Apple App Store, for apps which detect whether or not your device has gone through the jailbreak process, you can install yet another tweak to hide your jailbreak status from applications.
Many people compare iOS jailbreaks to Android rooting, this is simply a misunderstanding because Android already allows everyone to install applications from third parties, all you need to do is check a box in your phone’s settings.
Android rooting allows users to completely change their operating system, allowing them to install custom versions of the Android OS and make major significant changes, to the extent that people might not even recognize it as an Android based OS.
Have you jailbroken your iOS devices? What tweaks did you install and which jailbreak capabilities have kept you from updating to iOS 9.3? Tell us in the comments below!
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