Jailbreak is an easy-to-follow and quick method to alter Apple’s default operating system “iOS” on an iDevice (breaking through the factory settings, to be precise!). Once you’re done with it, you get access to the content blocked by Apple. In other words, you unleash the full potential of your iPhone, iPad and iPod with the help of jailbreak! You’ll get a new app store named “Cydia” that houses new features, applications, tweaks and a lot of other things supported by jailbroken iDevices which are obviously not available in Apple’s traditional App Store.
Below are the types of jailbreak:
- Tethered Jailbreak: This type of jailbreak is not preferred most of the times due to its limitation i.e.: the iDevice upon rebooting won’t serve you with jailbroken iOS, which means that you have to connect your iDevice with a computer to boot it into tethered mode (jailbroken mode) via the jailbreaking application.
- Untethered Jailbreak: This is the most preferred and yet the most common method to jailbreak any Apple device. Once you jailbreak your iDevice with untethered mode, you won’t have to jailbreak it again upon every reboot (like in tethered mode).
- Semi-tethered Jailbreak: It is a combination of both the tethered and untethered jailbreaking methods. This method may boot your iDevice into jailbroken state on every reboot, but at the same time it will force you to compromise on the jailbreak functionalities for example: Cydia won’t be accessible and a lot of other jailbreak goodies won’t work properly.
In order to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad and iPod you simply need to connect it to your PC or Mac via a USB cable and run a compatible jailbreaking software, for example “RedSn0w”. The jailbreaking software will require you to follow a number of steps to jailbreak your iDevice, and it does not cost any FEE!
Jailbreaking an iDevice is completely legal in the United States of America and in other regions of the world as well. No one has yet been punished for this act!
Difference between ‘Unlocking’ and ‘Jailbreaking’
Unlocking and Jailbreaking are two separate methods, often taken as a single method by some. Unlocking lets you use any network carrier you want on your iDevice for example if you have a Verizon iPhone (you will not be able to use any other carrier except Verizon), upon unlocking your iPhone you will be able to use any network carrier of your wish.
However you will need to JAILBREAK YOUR IDEVICE first to unlock it!
Upon jailbreaking your iDevice, you will automatically lose its warranty (according to Apple’s policy).
Risks associated with jailbreak!!!
As usual, there are a number of risks that you need to take if you want to jailbreak your iDevice, or in other words tinker with the factory settings. In previous times jailbreaking caused countless issues, however with the advancement of technologies, it is no longer a thing to worry about. The least that could happen is that your iDevice will stop responding (which can be FIXED!). For further assistance, visit this link (Apple Support).
Solution to fix an iDevice damaged by jailbreak!
You simply need a PC or Mac and a USB cable to do the trick. You will just have to perform a number of steps to reset your iDevice and that’s it!
Updating a jailbroken iDevice to a newer edition of iOS
Upon updating a jailbroken iDevice to a newer edition of the operating system, you will lose the jailbreak capabilities, since the newly updated iOS will run your device with a default factory setting thus over-riding the jailbreak settings.
Restoring a jailbroken iDevice back to its factory settings to preserve its warranty!
If you restore your jailbroken device back to its factory settings with the help of iTunes (which is obviously possible!), you will be able to preserve (bring back) its warranty!