Many people have looked into jail-breaking their iOS devices, and there are many consequences and benefits to be considered. Jail-breaking can be a big risk, as there are certain dangers associated with it. However, it does hold many benefits also. Whether you want to be able to customize your device beyond its current limits, switch service providers, or access banned apps, you should always consider the pros and cons. Once you have weighed your decision carefully, you can make a wise decision.
Security and lost warranties are one of the biggest issues with jail-breaking, but if these and the safety of your device are not a major concern, then the cons probably do not apply to you.
Consequences Associated with Jail-Breaking iOS Devices
One of the biggest issues with jail-breaking iOS devices is the voided warranty. If your device breaks or completely crashes, Apple will not do a thing to fix it or help you if you jail-break the device. If you have problems with your device and can reinstall the factory firmware, Apple will probably not be able to detect a jail-break and your warranty will still be valid.
Another problem with jail-breaking is the breach of security. A device that has previously undergone a jail-break will be more susceptible to hackers and holes in your security; making it easier to have your information stolen, or device hacked.
If these consequences are a little worrysome for you, then jail-breaking is probably not a good idea. If you do decide to proceed with a jail-break, be sure to store all of your important files, photos, and videos on a memory card; this way, you will still have them even if your phone crashes. Memory cards are available at a reasonable cost, and will be worth every penny if you should ever lose your phone.
Benefits to Jail-Breaking iOS Devices
There are unlimited benefits to jail-breaking your iOS device. One of the broadest reasons for jail-breaking is the ability to customize beyond a locked device’s capabilities. You can change the appearance, behaviors, and data transfer limits of your device. You can also access a special “black market” for the iPhone and other iOS devices that contains banned applications that are not available in the traditional Apple store. This app is named Cydia, and is very commonly installed shortly after jail-breaking. You are also able to switch service providers, which can help you to not only save money, but receive better service and control your service options.
If you are a social person and love to video chat, jail-breaking will allow you to use FaceTime (iOS Video Chat App) over a 3G connection. This is particularly alluring due to Apple’s block of FaceTime on factory devices over 3G. This was put in place to keep users from incurring massive provider bills, as FaceTime will eat up data very quickly. This is not recommended unless you have an unlimited data plan. iOS devices have many restrictions put in place by the Apple corporation, which are usually considered to be in the best interest of its consumers and customers. Some of these restrictions are more annoying than helpful to many, which is the reason for the popularity associated with jail-breaking.