Jailbreaking is very popular these days. To “jailbreak” your iPhone is to bypass Apple’s restrictions and allows you to more freely customize your iPhone and even install apps that you normally wouldn’t be able to.
Many people jailbreak their iPhones for a multitude of reasons. In fact, if you own an iPhone there is a good chance you have already considered jailbreaking yours.
If you have ever thought about jailbreaking your iPhone then read on as I list the pros and cons of jailbreaking.
Pro: More apps
Jailbreaking your iPhone gives you access to a plethora of new apps that you could have never installed before. Not only can certain apps only be installed if you have jailbroken your iPhone, but you will also be able to install apps that aren’t available from the iTunes App Store. This gives you access to hundreds of new games and other handy apps.
Pro: More customization
With a typical iPhone that hasn’t been jailbroken you are limited in how much you can customize its looks. However, once you have jailbroken it you can customize it to your heart’s content. You can change how the icons look, change how the dock and status appear, and you will have access to a multitude of different themes to choose from.
Pro: Free tethering
Tethering allows you to gain internet access on your computer through your cellphone service. Normally you would need to pay extra to tether your phone, but if you have jailbroken your iPhone, you can install one of several different apps that will let you do it completely free of charge.
Con: Voided warranty
One of the biggest downsides to jailbreaking your iPhone is that upon doing so it will immediately void your warranty. This means you can kiss Apple’s superb warranty plans and customer service goodbye.
However, this obviously won’t be an issue if you have an older iPhone that no longer has a warranty covering it.
Because the apps you install after jailbreaking will no longer be held to Apple’s strict standards, there is a good chance that one or more of your apps will misbehave, whether by intentional malice or from a bug with the code, and could cause your iPhone to crash or otherwise act up.
Con: Less Security
Since you are changing a lot about the iPhone’s operating system when you jailbreak it, you will no longer have many of the security features put in place by Apple. This could lead to your phone being hacked or having a virus installed onto it via a corrupted or infected app.
As you can see, there are several pros and cons when it comes to jailbreaking your iPhone. Hopefully after reading this you will have a better understanding of them and will be able to make the decision yourself.