I remember the first time I “jailbroke” my iPhone and at the same time I unlocked it as well. I felt like such a bad ass because nobody else I knew had any clue what jailbreaking was or how I got my phone to look and act so differently than theirs.That feeling of circumventing restrictions and limitations was so great and the updates and new mods arrived like clockwork almost daily in the Cydia store. The only downside for me was the constant reboots, crashes and just plain bizarre things your phone would do seeing as someone other than an Apple approved codie wrote the app so its stability relied heavily on your trust in their ability to code correctly. With each new release of iOS and each subsequent jailbreak, things seemed to get better and more stable however things on the light side (the stock non jailbroken side) were looking up as well as apps started to loosen their grip and slowly eliminate those nasty restrictions. Apple duly took notice of the jailbreaking community and the apps/features it was buzzing about and gradually began including these in their own future releases of iOS thus slowly making the need to jailbreak less and less appealing and necessary.
I recently jailbroke my iPhone 6+ and the sad thing is I put it right back to stock a mere 7 days later. Why, well lets just say that with where iOS 8 stands now with all its stock features and most importantly to me, stability, the mods are not looking so tempting anymore. I don’t want to pay $5 to fill my lock screen full of widgets that just tell me the same information that’s just one swipe away. I don’t want to pay $2 to change the color of my keyboard to pink or green and I sure don’t want to pay $3 to have my screen swirl or pinch every time I swipe to the next page. The only reason I would consider going back to the dark side (jailbroken) would be for an app called MiWi which allows you to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot even if you don’t pay the man extra for this feature and seeing as I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan, this app is absolute GOLD to me. The rest of the modding scene just seems a bit old, slightly stale and most apps seem refurbished and the iOS jailbreak/mod scene seems like its lacking another truly killer must have app like MyWi or AdBlocker to really give the scene a boost and make it exciting again. Unfortunately I just can’t get past how unstable your device becomes say if you happen to pay for two apps and they don’t like working alongside one another, they will crash and cause your device to reboot as long as they are both installed. You’re then left with the choice of either deleting the app you just paid for or dealing with the constant reboots all throughout the day, no thanks! Yes, some of you may say “Im jailbroken and I hardly ever get reboots” but that’s just because you haven’t downloaded that next app that conflicts with something you already had installed on your device and once that happens, welcome to “reboot town” my friend, population zero as everyone wants the heck out of that place….
As of writing this, I’m comfortably back on a stock version of iOS 8 and loving the fact that my phone is not rebooting every hour or just when I really need to use it. From now on I’ll stick to playing with Apple’s iOS betas from their developer program until the lure of jailbreaking pulls me back to giving it another shot which I do every few releases that are hailed as being secure and stable. I don’t want you to walk away from reading this article thinking that I’m bashing or turning on the jailbreaking scene at all as that is most definitely not the case. What Jay Freeman aka Saurik and others have done with Cydia and some of the quintessential apps are amazing and honestly have helped Apple shape so many features we now see in iOS8, it’s just that the brains behind all this jailbreak goodness may need to slow down and refocus on stability and reliability first before slapping a $1 or $2 price tag on another app and throwing it up on a repo. I really want he jailbreak scene to succeed even more so than it already has as I love nothing more than having total and full control of my device and doing what I want with it! Having full control and ownership of something I paid for, now isn’t THAT a wonderful concept?