If you have an Apple mobile device like an iPad or iPhone, there is a huge possibility that you may have encountered the term “jailbreaking”. To put it shortly, jailbreaking means circumventing the limits Apple puts on the operating system and therefore, having full control of the device. Having a jailbroken device means you can put apps and tweaks that aren’t approved by Apple, which would allow you to use a lightning USB cable to put things into your phone of tablet without the system restricting you. Also, you also take out the difficult security defenses that Apple has installed into iOS.
The procedure of jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is not really illegal in the U.S. for now. What is sure is that Apple considers jailbreaking an infringement of its warranty. Thus, if something goes awry during the procedure, Apple won’t be able to help you with it. Here are some pros and cons of jailbreaking:
Pro: You have access to new apps
You can have apps installed on your device that aren’t available from the iTunes App Store. For example, you can install a framework that allows you to add other unauthorized apps like networking apps and games.
Pro: Tethering is allowed for free
Tethering is a process by which you can use a cellular-enabled iPad or iPhone as a broadband modem so that other devices can get connected to it and have Internet access. This is allowed on devices provided that cellular carriers charge for it or include it as part of high-end plans. However, there are apps that allow free tethering, but only if the device is jailbroken.
Pro: Allows for customization
The look and feel of an iPad or iPhone is basically dictated by the iOS version installed on the device. But with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, you can customize its interface, thanks to apps that allow you to use different wallpapers, icons, and status.
Pro: Allows wireless provider change
When your iPhone or iPad is jailbroken, it is easier to “unlock” it, meaning you can go from one GSM wireless cellular provider to with a SIM card change.
Con: Not a lot of quality on apps
Jailbreaking makes your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch more susceptible to malware attacks, as the walls that Apple has constructed into both your iOS and the iTunes App Store.
Con: Compromised security
With a jailbroken gadget, your whole operating system fundamentally changes. Its security can be described as defeated, giving all applications full access to it. You are basically putting all your trust in the people who made the apps.
Con: Uncertain system updates
There is no assurance that a jailbroken app is supported in newer versions of the Apple iOS. This means that you may have jailbreak the device again, in order to reinstall the unauthorized apps. But then, there is no assurance that they will still work