So You got your iPhone 4 and you can install hundred of thousands of apps from AppStore. You got multitasking, folders, custom backgrounds and lots of other features. We already getting questions / mails from our regular and new readers regarding, What’s all this commotion about jailbreaking iPhone 4? Why would you need to jailbreak? What does it offer? Is jailbreaking legal ? etc. etc. In the post, I will cite some of the most compelling reasons to jailbreak / unlock your iPhone.
Note : iPhone 4 jailbreak isn’t available at the moment, but we’ll keep you updated. You can follow us on twitter via @ihackinjosh You can also subscribe to our daily free e-mail news letter to stay up to date with latest of iPhone jailbreak community. I will continually update this post as changes occur.
iPhone OS uses two partitions – first on is the media partition and second one is the operating system partition. Music, movies, contacts, App Store apps etc. are stored on the media partition. Jailbreaking is a process that allows you the access of OS partition of iPhone to run any software code on their devices, as opposed to only that code authorized by Apple. Once jailbroken, iPhone users are able to download numerous extensions which are unavailable through the App Store.
Why Jailbreak your iPhone :
- Install 3rd party applications rejected by Apple for various reasons (ie. WiFi Sync, Google Voice Mobile)
- Winterboard to install custom themes, so you can change the look and feel of your iPhone.
- Internet tethering
- 3G Unrestrictor for running WiFi only App on 3G or EDGE
- YourTube to download YouTube videos and watch offline
- To unlock your iPhone
Is Jailbreaking legal :
Yes, Jailbreaking is legal however, you technically “void” your warranty. In US laws are very strict for consumers rights. If you jailbreak, you only void your warranty if Apple can prove that the jailbreak is the reason that spoiled your phone (rare case jailbreaking damages your iPhone) only then they can cancel your warranty. A button falling off of a jailbroken phone would not be out of warranty just because the phone is jailbroken. Still if you need to virginize your iPhone before getting your warranty you can always restore to factory settings.
What if Jailbreaking corrupt my iPhone :
Jailbreaking is risk free. Everything that works before jailbreaking continues to work after. Jailbreaking only adds features. Jailbreaking is risk free and cannot void your warranty. You can simply restore in iTunes at anytime to get back to a factory state.
iPhone Unlocking :
Unlocking your device means to open up the iPhone’s modem to accept SIM cards from unofficial carriers. For example In the US, iPhone will not connect to any carrier other than AT&T, unless it is unlocked. If you want to use your iPhone with another GSM carrier, you need to unlock.
If you buy an iPhone/iPod, it’s your right to “get under the hood,” as they say, and do what you want. I m using both Unlocked and Jailbroken iPhones since iPhone 2G firmware 1.0.2 and never faced any hard issue due to jailbreaking.But And keep in your mind we are not lawyers. In near future it seems Apple may be able to try and make a case against anyone offering software that does modify or otherwise “misuse” their copyrighted code. But that is future not the present.
The legal consensus is that unlocking and jailbreaking are legal in most countries, including the US, but iHackintosh is not your lawyer so do your own research before choosing whether or not to proceed.