Should You Jailbreak Your Iphone 4?
One of the first things you need to consider is whether you like your iPhone 4 as it currently is configured or whether you would like to add more options to it. Apple has restricted which apps and customizations you can put on the iPhone 4 to those that have been approved and licensed by them. These are the only things you’ll see in the Apple Store.
Let’s say your friend’s iPhone 4S has a neat wallpaper that you’d like to use, but you don’t see that available from the Apple Store. Now what? That’s where jailbreaking comes in.
Jailbreaking allows your device to accept thousands of apps from Web sites across the Internet.
Jailbreaking removes the restrictions in the software on your phone so it will accept these other small programs (apps) from third-party vendors. However, the process also strips away some of the safety features of the software, so you open your device up to potential malware from unscrupulous Web sites. That’s why you need to do some serious investigation into the sources of these apps.
Another thing that becomes apparent is that you need to think about how compatible the new programs are to what you already have loaded on your device. Will the new apps interfere with making phone calls? Will they drain your battery so you’re constantly having to recharge it? Do they lock up one or more of your phone’s functions?
If you don’t change the iOS on your iPhone 4, then you don’t have to worry about this. Apple programmers have produced a product that will work worry-free for its lifetime.
But you want that wallpaper! So you decide to jailbreak your iPhone 4.
Depending on which model you have, there are several jailbreak programs available to use.
This Web site has a full table so you can select the correct program to use.
Select your model and version of iPhone 4 and then use the suggested program to jailbreak your iPhone 4. You need to decide if you want to do the tethered jailbreaking, which requires you to repeat the jailbreaking after every reboot and upgrade and battery replacement, or the untethered jailbreaking, which only has to be done once.
Whereas earlier versions for jailbreaking were simple and could be done on your own, Apple programs are continually being updated and closing the loopholes in the security functions so the jailbreaking becomes more convoluted and involved. As an example, there are 20 steps (!) listed on this Web site to jailbreak the iPhone 4S.
Do you really want to go through all of this? And possibly more than once, if one reads the comments below the article?
But you really want that wallpaper! So your iPhone 4 is now jailbroken. And you begin to look around for apps to download.
The apps that become available to your iPhone 4 increase its functionality.
Here are a few of the apps that you might want to put on your opened iPhone 4, none of which are available from the Apple Store:
- Backgrounder – allows you to run apps in the background while using your iPhone for other tasks
- Activator – provides a framework for all kinds of touchscreen gestures
- Kirikae – used with Backgrounder to switch between tasks
- SBSettings – lets you adjust settings from a pop-up window
- Cycorder – full-motion video for your pre-3GS iPhone
- MyWay – lets you share your 3G connection with other devices
- Winterboard – offers different themes for your homescreen
- IRealSMS – allows you to send text messages without opening the SMS app
- VoIPOver3G – tricks apps into thinking they’re using WiFi
- Intelliscreen – puts several useful icons onto your homescreen
- Veency – allows you to control your iPhone from your computer
Some other apps that don’t improve the functionality of the phone itself but are useful in your life include the following free apps:
- Trapster – adds GPS location and mapping to your iPhone 4
- Weight Tracker – allows you to input your weight and helps keep you on track to lose more
- Adobe Photoshop Express – is the same as the one on your computer but miniaturized for the iPhone screen
- Any.do – task management app to keep you on track
- Cloze – collects and prioritizes your contacts from social media sources
- ESPN Score Center – keeps you updated on all sorts of stats from games or your favorite team
- Evernote – used instead of those sticky notes you have pasted all over your walls
- Flow Free – puzzle games for those down times
- IMDb Movies & TV – trivia about movies and TV shows
- LevelUp – displays QR codes so you can easily make purchases
- Onavo Extend – compresses data on your phone so you don’t run into data usage problems
- Shazam – trivia about songs and music that you know but just can’t quite remember
- Twitter – if you can’t stop tweeting…
The above are only a few of the apps listed in this article from PC Magazine (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2366274,00.asp).
And there are thousands of paid apps that you can buy and use.
Lots of gaming programs are available for purchase. In fact, the iPhone 4 was voted the fastest selling portable gaming device in 2011, ahead of Nintendo DS and Sony’s PSP! This seems to indicate that games are the favorite app type of iPhone 4 owners.
Here are a few Web sites that list different games you can purchase for your jailbroken iPhone 4:
- http://store.apple.com/us — the official Apple Store Web site
As you can see, you can add a lot of functionality and some exciting games to your jailbroken iPhone 4. And if you are very careful about where you get your apps, you shouldn’t have to worry about messing up your iPhone 4 from its original uses.
So, you need to decide and act if you want to jailbreak your iPhone 4 or leave it as it was made by Apple. After all, the Apple App Store offers thousands of games and functional apps that are guaranteed to work without damaging your iPhone. So, jailbreaking might not be necessary.