Previously jailbreaking your iPhone looked like a colossal pain in the tuchus. Why would you even want do that, especially as iPhone functionality has increased with every iteration of the firmware?
The short answer is there are things these ‚Äòmagical devices‚Äô still doesn‚Äôt do, or rather is allowed to do, even though the capability is often obviously there.
Want some proof? Two words: Internet tethering, the ability to use your iPhone‚Äôs 3G serice as a Wi-Fi hotspot. It‚Äôs allowed in other countries, but not in the good ole U.S. of A.
The reality is the Spirit jailbreak, is horrifically simple on the iPhone and iPad. It takes about two minutes on average. So really, why wouldn‚Äôt you jailbreak?
A jailbroken iDevice gives you access to some cool Apps that are just not available through the iTunes App Store, but through Cydia and Installer, both of which are accessible through jailbroken iPhones.
Below is a list of Apps we think are worthy of jailbreakng your iPhone (this is update list compare to our prio reasons to jailbreak).
While being sheer opinion, we based our list on two main criteria:
The Apps are not available in the App Store, either having been removed or are never gonna show up.
The Apps close a gap in iPhone functionality and can be used on a regular basis. After all lots of apps are cool, but will you use them? We use these.
Also, all the below work on the iPhone and iPad both. This is our biased list, if you have favorites we missed please post them in the comments.
Must Have Utilities:
Brief Description: Allows user browse and download applications for a jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Basically, this is an App Store for jailbroken iDevices. If you jailbreak your device, you use Cydia to look for and buy apps.
Brief Description: Adds up to 3 more Microsoft Exchange accounts
Alternate choice: MultiExchange
Brief Description: Allows you to run an app in the background whilst running another, great for Pandora and IMing. Not quite multitasking, but it‚Äôll do, pig.
Brief Description: Lets you change what your carrier is called, for some ungodly reason. You must really have to hate AT&T a lot.
Alternate choice: MakeItMine
Brief Description: Allows quick touch on and off for basic functions; wifi, bluetooth etc, w/o having to go thru settings, just swipe the status bar at the top of your screen. No icon!
Brief Description: Cannot do without this one, big help on vacations if you have a laptop and need Wi-F on the go,
Brief Description: Allows the user to simply tap the menu/home button to dismiss alerts by simply clicking the menu button. No icon.
Brief Description: This is really for the developer and unnecessary for anyone else. It lets you instantly ‚Äòrespring‚Äô your springboard. If that made no sense to you; then you don‚Äôt need it. Most apps have a respring notice when you install them via Cydia.
Brief Description: Allows enabling/disabling rotation from SBSettings, good for iPhone, but you don‚Äôt really need it on the iPad as it has that switch.
App Organization and management:
Brief Description: This works on ipad, but in iphone style, free alternative to Infiniboard. Basically you can arrange all your apps into folders, so you don‚Äôt have eight pages of apps. You know what‚Äôs like is coming to 4.0 OS.
Brief Description: You can to go into the normal ‚Äúwiggle‚Äù move mode, just tap on the icons you would like to move. When you tap on an icon a check mark will appear on it (you can tap the icon again to remove the check mark). You can then scroll to the page on your SpringBoard in which you would like to move the icons and tap the Home Button. This will move the selected icons to that page on your SpringBoard. Just tap the Home Button again to stop wiggle mode. No icon on screen.
Brief Description: Lets you vertically scroll your home screen pages. Using Infiniboard you can add as many icons as you want on each page, and access them through a flick up and down. It‚Äôs really cool, the options are accessible under your general setting on the iPhone, no icon.
Brief Description: Allows you to remove Cydia packages like any App Store applications- hold down the icon, wait for them to start wiggling, and tap the X. Without this it is a much longer process: recommended!!
Security and Privacy:
Brief Description: Locks applications, both system and not, and all kinds of other files in your iPhone with password.
Brief Description: Allows you to hide and unhide your applications. It allows you to hide all AppStore, Cydia and system integrated Apps.
Brief Description: A settings panel that lets you opt-out of sending anonymous usage statistics to App providers/developers.
Brief Description: Puts an icon on your springboard, that when tapped, locks the device. Same as pressing the top, lock, button. This will not replace the top lock button if yours is broken.
Brief Description: An emulator for Game Boy Advance games.
Cost: $2.50 and also free ‚Äòlite‚Äô version
Brief Description: Nintendo64 emulator for iPhone 3GS and iPod touch
Brief Description: a Super Nintendo emulator for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Do you sense a theme here? people want Nintendo games on the iPhone.
Brief Description: A Dance Dance Revolution and In the Groove simulator.
Brief Description: Voice guided iPhone GPS
AppBackup & AptBackup
Brief Description: AppBackup lets you back up and restore Apps that you have purchased from the iTunes App Store. AptBackup does the same for Cydia Apps.
Brief Description: A replacement for Finder or Windows Explorer on your iPhone. You can copy and move files, set permissions, and transfer files through its web server.
Brief Description: An iPhone YouTube videos downloader, lets you search and download two videos at a time, the rest will be in waiting status. You can watch all the downloaded videos on the videos tab.
Brief Description: A native MMS application for the iPhone with built in voice recorder, and ringtone creation capabilities.
Cost: free trial, $29 full
Brief Description: Internet tethering, create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your iPhone‚Äôs 3G service.
Brief Description: Lets you drag & drop files onto the iPhone, it will show up on Finder as a shared device. It will also work for the iPad!
Brief Description: A background system that allows you to connect to your iPhone over Wi-Fi and transfer files from your computer to your iPhone. Note: No icon will appear for this app.
Brief Description: A terminal emulator application for the iPhone. It is NOT an SSH client, it can however be used to execute a console ssh-client application.