Should I jailbreak my iPhone? All Your Questions Answered
Albeit only a relatively small percentage of iPhone owners choose to jailbreak their phone, jailbreaking and cydia are quintessential parts of a community that has been growing for ages. And there is a good reason for it: Jailbreaking can enhance and improve your user experience, often times dramatically. Thus we decided to list the major reasons for jailbreaking and answer the question of “should I jailbreak my iPhone?” once and for all. You might also be wondering why jailbreaking is a seasonal thing, as Apple tends to close the required loopholes every now and then. Apple aims to keep the security standard of the iOS platform pretty high, which is why the security vulnerabilities enabling a jailbreak have to be closed as soon as they appear.
Themes and customization
Apple is rather strict when it comes to the looks of your iDevices, including the iPhone. There is no official way of theming the iPhone. A jailbroken iPhone does not suffer from these limitations, you can download thousands of icon themes for your phone in the Cydia store. Some of them are free, while other premium themes have to be purchased. The most common theming platforms are called Winterboard and Anemone.
There is a so-called tweak called Five Icon Dock, which allows you to add another icon to your dock. Zeppelin takes care of your cell carrier logo and swaps it out with pretty much anything you like. Say, a batman or Apple icon.
Springtomize 3 is the holy grail of customization on a jailbroken iPhone and allows you to tweak all kinds of details in iOS, such as animation effects and speeds, or Home Screen icon layouts.
Another great one is BytaFont 2, which enables the user to swap out his or her system font for a font of choice.
Do you text a lot? Jailbreaking your iPhone has the advantage of allowing you to customize and enhance all sorts of aspects of your iMessage or WhatsApp usage experience. Add new features, change the looks – it’s all up to you. We recommend the Messages Customiser tweak for changing the appearance of your “Messages” app.
Improved Lock Screen
IntelliScreenX turns your Lock Screen into an amazing command center with plenty of new features and all of the info you could possibly desire.
Smart shortcuts that are invoked using hardware buttons or gestures on your touchscreen are completely customizable via Activator, a legendary tweak by the developer Ryan Petrich. This can be used to toggle your flashlight feature on iPhone, launch apps or automate certain aspects of your usage. Think of it as a macro function that is connected to everything and easy to set up.
Improved theft protection
While Find my iPhone certainly covers a lot of bases when it comes to theft protection, Apple did not include any kind of feature that allows you to visually identify the thief or scare him off. Find my iPhone+ does just that by extending the default feature set.
Changing your default apps
Apple is keen on you using Safari and Mail as your default apps, or Apple Maps instead of Google Maps. By installing BrowserChooser and MapsOpener from the cydia store, you can liberate your jailbroken iPhone and use a default application of your choice for the above tasks. This comes in handy when you prefer using Google Chrome or another browser.
Protecting folders and apps via Touch ID
Protect folders on your Home Screen or individual apps from prying eyes by making use of the Touch ID Sensor. There are a bunch of cydia tweaks that add additional layers of fine-grained security, such as AppLocker, Asphelia, BioLockdown and Bioprotect.
Improving the screen color temperature
When reading on your iPhone in a dimly lit room, especially at night, you will want to tone down the colors to something comfortable. Increasing the color temperature to a warm yellow or orange for your base tones is incredibly useful, both in improving your sleep quality and reducing eye fatigue at the same time. Give the free f.lux package a try and do your eyes and sleep rhythm a favor.
To conclude, jailbreaking your iPhone still allows you to enhance an already awesome iPhone and operating system. Apple tends to borrow the best ideas from jailbreak developers and continually integrates them into iOS, but Cupertino still has a long way to go. Even today, there are plenty of good reasons to jailbreak your iPhone. We suggest you give it a try and see if you like it, although the decision is yours, of course.