NOTE: This article is to be an overwhelmingly complete guide to everything anybody would ever want to know about “jailbreaking.” It will be updated with new information, and new segments often. If you can still see this blue text, it means the explanation is not complete yet, but I have decided to make it public so people could get some basic knowledge out of the way… When this text goes away, I’m done, and you will all have an amazing compilation of everything you’d want/need to know about how it “jailbreaking” actually meansDuring the course of this article, I will be referring to jailbreaking iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, and Apple TVs. Please note that I will only be saying “iPhone” in the discussion, even though I mean them all. It’s easier that way, and the most common devices that are jailbroken are iPhones anyways.
So many people enjoy using their phones for a variety of purposes. Some just use their phones for calling, others text too. Some use them for email to keep in touch with clients. Millions of college and high school students use their phones to communicate with friends on facebook while they are on the go. These are all great uses, and if this is all you care to do with it… jailbreaking is not for you.
Some people decide to take it further. They download Apps that help them be more productive or they play games on their iPhone. Some pay a little extra money and use their phone to “tether” to their laptop, effectively turning their mobile devices into a 24 hour traveling WiFi hotspot! Some use their devices for traveling, using GPS, and Google Maps to guide them to their destination when they are in a crunch. Some use their iPhones to FaceTime (video chat) with other people with iPhones and Macs around the world whenever they are near a WiFi hotspot! For the people who are happy with these things, and don’t need anything else out of their devices… jailbreaking, is not for you either.
Then there are those people… those millions of people around the world… that just aren’t happy yet. They are the tinkerers, who strive for individuality at every turn. They are the ones who demand access to the hidden functions and tweaks that nobody else knows about. They are the people who want everything out of their device, and want it to be the best in the world. They are the people… who buy the latest iPhone, and look to jailbreak it before they even sync it for the first time!
For the new people here, or perhaps the returning people who haven’t ever heard of jailbreaking before, there are a few things you’ll need to know about it that may or may not affect your decision to do it or not. These facts of jailbreaking are not difficult to understand, but this article is quite lengthy and bulky. It will tell you EVERYTHING you NEED TO KNOW about entering into the jailbreak world. When you finish this article, I want you to feel comfortable with your decision, whether you do it or not. My goal here is to increase your knowledge on this matter, so that you can be better prepared, and so that you know a trustworthy guy to go to when you have questions later.
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