What’s the point in jailbreaking an iPhone/iPod Touch?

It’s a little confusing really. I know that so many people love the advantages of jailbreaking an iPhone or iPod Touch, but I just don’t see them.

I experimentally tried jailbreaking my iPod Touch yesterday (yes, I am totally ashamed of myself – I will shortly be returning to official firmware), and it amazes me that Apple makes it so easy to jailbreak their devices. I mean there’s a simple procedure that takes about 45 seconds and that’s it, the patch is done.

It’s totally different to Sony – PSP users will know that Sony can’t help it but patch out every single hack and crack into the PSP firmware. Apple seem to be taking it very lightly.

It also makes me think what is the point? Yes, you can customize the iPhone/iPod Touch’s themes but it is such a faff – and none of them are particularly brilliant. And yes, you can install some random software, but honestly… I don’t see what is so fantastic about it.

And the amount of times that my iPod Touch has crashed since I jailbroke it. It hardly seems like there’s any point in it at all.

I know I’m often quite an “Apple basher” here on GEEK!, but this is the one thing that I like about Apple. Their firmware always works – it doesn’t crash and it isn’t slow. I can rely on my iPod Touch anytime I need it and I know it will be ready and waiting. I’m quite happy with my official firmware Apple for the long term.

5 thoughts on “What’s the point in jailbreaking an iPhone/iPod Touch?

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  2. Jennifer Macknight

    There is a whole sub-marketplace inside of the field of the mobile cell phone marketplace place relevant to the jailbreak or unlocking of the mobile phones so that they can be applied on any mobile network, and recent Supreme Court selections in the USA handed down have confirmed that the jailbreak sector is legal and legit. That is, end-person consumers are rather in their legal rights to do what they want to their mobile telephone handset to allow the telephone to function on other network carriers which is frequently known as jailbreak or unlocking the network block.
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  3. Rob Walch

    One Word – Backgrounder – It allows you to run apps in the background – like Pandora Radio or ooTunes. So you can check emails, surf the web and still listen to what ever you like in the background. Plus you can put Skype in the background so you know when new IM’s come in. So that one app alone makes it worth while to jailbreak.

    Rob W
    Host – Today in iPhone Podcast

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