I’ve been an iPhone user for roughly a year, and when the Absinthe jailbreak came out a few weeks ago, I grabbed it and jailbroke my phone.I’ve been using my phone outside of Apple’s reach ever since, and I think I’ll keep it that way.
My jailbroken iPhone (which only has a few tweaks in place) feels like the iPhone that Apple should be selling to its customers. It’s a phone that’s totally customisable and takes full advantage of the hardware it contains.
I have one-button access to a bunch of settings that usually take several taps to get to. I’m making FaceTime calls over 3G. My phone is now a mobile hotspot. And I’m playing old school NES games on it too.
Let’s be clear — I really enjoy the App Store and some of the native functionality offered to iPhone customers. But I also like the stuff that isn’t offered.
That’s why jailbreaking works for me.
This is a feature that Apple should have built into the iPhone.
It's a heads-up display of sorts that gives you one-touch access to all kinds of settings and widgets. I have mine set up so that a triple-tap on the home button brings it up. I have instant access to my Bluetooth, brightness, and WiFi settings instead of milling around in the Settings app.
You're not actually uninstalling them, but SBSettings will hide the default iOS apps like Stocks and Reminders if you never use them.
Instead of worrying about whether a coffee shop has WiFi or not, I can get my iPad online no matter where I am. MyWi turns my iPhone into a hotspot, and I use it all the time.
I think Nintendo has completely missed a huge opportunity to bring its old-school games to iOS. Jailbreaking lets you play all your favourites on your phone. No better way to pass your morning commute!
It's pretty silly, but you can change the carrier name that appears in the top left corner of your phone for kicks. I went with my name.
Using a jailbreak app called 3G Unrestrictor, you can make FaceTime calls without being connected to a WiFi network. I've used this while walking down the street here in New York and it works surprisingly well.
I'm pretty indifferent towards customising the look and layout of my iPhone, but that was always an option using an app called Winterboard.