Jailbreak refers to freeing something from confinement. In this case, it’s your iPhone; Apple’s restrictions on App Store content, iOS customization, and personal privacy protection are huge downsides to owning an iPhone.
Jailbreaking is not for everyone, but here are some of the benefits you can obtain from jailbreaking your iPhone.
Cydia, created by Jay Freeman (Saurik), is the equivalent of the App Store for the jailbreaking community. Cydia applications, also known as packages or tweaks, range from simple themes to full blown operating system feature changes. There are also games and other apps that are not on the official Apple App store due to its strict guidelines for app functionality.
The simple fact of not being able to do what you want to your property is something that irritates a lot of iPhone users. Regardless of any packages or tweaks you may be interested in, just having the option to use them should you so desire is important to some people.
There are thousands of themes designed to use with it and with a little research and some creativity, you can even make your own themes. Jailbreaking allows you to make your iPhone look and behave the way you want it to.
One of the biggest problems with smartphones and most tablets is the lack of true multitasking capabilities. There are many Cydia packages that allow you to make use of the iPhone’s 64-bit processor and run multiple apps at once. Please note that this can have a negative effect on your phone’s battery life when used often.
Jailbreaking your phone gives you access to a multitude of different tweaks that provide gestures or voice commands to perform different actions on your phone. You can customize what button presses do and assign specific third-party apps to various gestures to make navigating your phone faster and easier.
Many apps have limited functionality when not on a Wi-Fi connection. You can get pass this inconvenient limitation by jailbreaking your iPhone and downloading a package that allows you to trick apps into believing they are on Wi-Fi even when they are only on a cellular connection. Access from remote computers can be allowed with SHH.
The iPhone jailbreaking community is very user-friendly and mostly revolves around creating applications to allow the average iPhone user to jailbreak their phone. Jailbreaking is becoming increasingly difficult, thanks to Apple’s continuous patches to previous exploits used by jailbreak hackers, but there are jailbreaking conventions held worldwide where people can learn and support jailbreak program developers.
Most iPhones are designed to only be used with a specific wireless carrier, which can be very inconvenient if you switch plans or want to give/ sell your phone to someone else. This restriction can be bypassed by “unlocking” a phone. This is impossible without jailbreaking. Considering how much you probably paid for your iPhone, having full control of the device is probably something you really want.