Jailbreaking an iPhone seems like it would be a long, arduous process. That’s quite the contrary, as it’s very simple to do, especially with tools such as QuickPwn Mac, Windows, and Pwnage Tool Mac, Windows.
A jailbroken device can provide much more functionality than a standard iPhone. There are a number of exceptional Apps that are not available through the iTunes App Store, but through Cydia and Installer, both of which are accessible through jailbroken iPhones.
Below are ten Apps we think are worth jailbreakng your iPhone for. We based our selections on the following criteria:
- Apps are not available in the App Store (They have either been removed from the App Store, or have no chance of ever being included there)
- Apps close gap in iPhone functionality and can be used on a regular basis
Utility: Move Springboard icons into folders
Frequency of use: Very Often, especially if you download Apps on a daily basis
Brief Description: If your iPhone is inundated with a million Apps, you can tidy up your
Springboard with Categories by BigBoss. With Categories, you can
create folders within you can place your Apps, organizing them however
you please. Instead of tirelessly scrolling from screen to screen, you
can have one screen containing all of your App folders for instant
access to what you want. (Full Review Here)
Utility: Customize and add iPhone settings
Frequency of use: Very often, as this can be considered the “heart” of your iPhone
Brief description: Changing settings on the iPhone can be tedious or limited. With
BossPrefs by BigBoss, not only can you easily access your iPhone
settings, you can also expand upon those preferences by customizing
your settings and adding toggles for options which may not be included
in standard settings. (Full Review)
Utility: Record video with audio on the iPhone
Frequency of use: Fairly often/Very often (if you’re the type to document everything)
Cost: None; ad-supported
Brief Description: Wish the iPhone had a camcorder component? With Cycorder by Jay Freeman, your iPhone still camera transforms into a camcorder that can record video and audio at a decent quality. New features are always in development. (Full review)
Utility: Open-source Appletalk implementation
Frequency of use: Very often
Cost: None; donations appreciated
Brief Description: Need to transfer files to-and-from your iPhone, but have no idea how? No need to search for how-to guides or purchase expensive software, as Jay Freeman’s Netatalk can handle the task. With Netatalk you can move files to and from iPhone over your WiFi network, hassle free.
Backup Apps: AppBackup & AptBackup
Utility: Back up purchased and jailbroken Apps
Frequency of use: Fairly often
Brief Description: Do you have an insurance plan in place in case your iPhone suddenly crashes and burns, losing all of your Apps in the process? Check out these two backup programs, so you can back up and restore your Apps, just in case: AptBackup (for jailbroken Apps) and AppBackup (for purchased Apps). (Full review here)
Utility: Overhaul your iPhone’s GUI
Frequency of use: Very often
Brief Description: For those who desire to mod the otherwise unalterable iPhone GUI, there is Winterboard. Make your iPhone unique by customizing your Springboard, icons, wallpaper, and more. No longer do you have to settle for the standard–make a statement with your iPhone! (Full review here)
Utility: Social media player
Frequency of use: Fairly often/Very often (if you’re a fan of music/social networking)
Brief Description: TuneWiki is an application similar to the Music.app on your iPhone/iPod
Touch. Besides the normal music playback capability, it has interesting extras such as live song lyrics and music maps which show you what songs are playing near your location or in a specific region. TuneWiki’s unique built-in social networking component makes it stand out from other music Apps. (Full review here)
Utility: Tethers your iPhone for Internet connectivity
Frequency of use: Fairly often (Especially if you are always on the go with your laptop)
Cost: $9.99 (registration code)
Brief Description: Remember NetShare? It was a great networking App, but it’s now banned from the App Store. Fortunately, Addition’s iPhoneModem allows tethering on your iPhone. iPhoneModem comes with its own client for Mac (A PC version in a works) and your iPhone, making it much easier to configure than the now-defunct NetShare. Just install and enjoy!
Utility: View information on your lock screen
Frequency of use: Very often
Cost: Free 10-day trial; license registration fee required after trial
Brief Description: Need to check your Mail but don’t have time to thumb through your iPhone in order to retrieve it? Intelliscreen by Intelliborn allows for easy access to information on your iPhone lock screen, such as Mail and SMS messages, iCal dates, news stories, sports scores, and more. Think of it as your widget box on your locked screen. If you like widgets on your PC and Mac, you’ll love Intelliscreen.
Utility: Secure remote access between iPhone and other machines
Frequency of use: Fairly often/Very often
Brief Description: This list isn’t complete without OpenSSH! Non-technical people may not appreciate this App, but it is must-have for anyone who is running a website on a Linux environment. We webmasters like to have that secure remote access to our web servers, just in case we need to tweak some things. Plus, OpenSSH is needed if you want to do some advanced hacking and gain access to your iPhone. Novices, you may be uncomfortable with this tool since it’s a command line tool, but it’s worth getting to know OpenSSH–it can be your friend on the iPhone!
There is a little something for everyone on a jailbroken iPhone. From connectivity to customization, jailbroken iPhones can provide users with a wide variety of functionality that is not (yet) available through standard means.
Is there a jailbroken App you think deserves to be on this list? Sound off in the comments section below.
Qik has announced iPhone 3G support, so we decided to take their video streaming application for a spin.
No more SSH, no more jailbreaking, and no more useless utilities. Heck, if you want to add music from youtube video – no problem.
Due to all the great feedback our