Jailbreaking allows you to do a multitude of fun things with your phone that Apple wouldn't normally allow you to do, like install apps that enable tethering and adding a little more customization to iOS. With just a few simple steps, you can have your iOS device sporting a new theme or running a new tool that Apple wouldn’t allow in the App Store.
Much to Apple’s chagrin, releasing beta versions of forthcoming iOS software for developers to work with also has the unwanted side effect of jailbreakers getting an advance peek at what’s to come -- which is how iOS 5.1 has already been jailbroken, less than 24 hours after its release.
What a week! Apple is swimming in more cash than they know what to do with, the Macworld/iWorld show is winding down in San Francisco and the EFF is working overtime to keep jailbreaking legal. What’s that? You didn’t hear about that? Why, you’ve come to the right place, then… step right up and have a heaping handful of the best and brightest news for this Friday, January 27, 2012.
It’s that time of the week again when we kick back with (or without) a cold one and reflect on the days past. The internet managed to score a victory this week by smacking down the SOPA/PIPA bills and iPhone 4S/iPad 2 users also have reason to cheer as they use a new untethered jailbreak to free their devices from some of Apple’s draconian restrictions. So hey, pretty good week, right? Let’s read on and find out what else is happening for this fabulous Friday, January 20, 2012.
With much of the internet blacked out today in protest of the pending SOPA bill, you’re probably ready to read about something -- anything! -- else to wind down your mid-week “hump day.” Of course, we’re all waiting to see what Apple will serve up to the educational community tomorrow, but in the meantime they’re busy slapping Samsung with another patent lawsuit aimed at the Korean manufacturer’s smartphones -- so there’s no end in sight. In the meantime, here’s what else is making news for this wonderful Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing among jailbreakers as to when Apple’s latest iOS devices might be freed from their ball and chains -- those being the A5-powered iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, of course. As the “cat and mouse game” with Apple continues, it appears that at least the iPhone 4S may soon be free, judging from a video making its way around the internet.
Glorious jailbreaking news! And during a holiday week, no less. Those developers must've been busy avoiding their families on Christmas day and powering through the iOS jailbreak. Well, that's to your benefit, jailbreaker. The Verge is reporting that the iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak is now untethered thanks to pod2g. Basically, you can now jailbreak your iOS device over the air, without having to connect it to your Mac.
Happy iPhone 4S Day! It’s been a crazy week for Apple fans with iOS 5, iCloud and a ton of related updates mid-week and now the new hardware finally arriving in stores today. Unfortunately it seems like many of us are stuck with a device that can’t be activated (on AT&T at least, see below) -- so here’s some reading material to keep you occupied for this Friday, October 14, 2011.
If you think jailbreakers have all the fun, you’re right: Not only do they have a cool universal port of the MAME project to play all those retro games, but now they can even do it with experimental support for the $99 iCade cabinet.
The war against jailbreakers took an interesting turn this week, with an update to the Time Warner Cable iPad app that specifically disables the service on devices that have been tweaked -- even though the hackers have already discovered a workaround to the problem.