Should you jailbreak your iPhone?

Unlocking potential in your hands

Christian Dye

The iPhone is arguably the most popular smartphone on the market today. Evolution can be seen from the humble and innovative beginnings of the original iPhone to the iPhone 6. Many people own iPhones but aren’t aware of the potential they possess. Jailbreaking is one popular way of unlocking that potential.

Jailbreaking is defined as the process of removing hardware restrictions on iOS, Apple's operating system. Jailbreaking allows iOS users to gain root access to the operating system, which basically translates to having the ability to unlock a phone and add features that weren’t originally produced by Apple developers.

Apple’s official stance on jailbreaking is that it isn’t advised. Apple claims jailbreaking your phone is illegal and a violation of the Digital Material Copyright act. However, the Supreme Court has recently ruled that jailbreaking your phone is perfectly legal.

So the question remains, should you jailbreak your iPhone? I say yes.

Jailbreaking an iPhone unlocks more features than Apple makes possible. Jailbreaking your phone also gives you access to the cydia repository (unlimited custom apps). One of the most popular ones is called Springtomize me. This app lets you completely customize the layout of your home screen.

However, there are risks involved with jailbreaking. There is always the risk of “bricking” your phone, which leads to a black screen of death. Jailbreaking will also completely void your warranty. So keep in mind, if you jailbreak your phone, Apple will not fix or replace it. Luckily the process of jailbreaking can be easily undone by plugging your phone into iTunes and hitting the restore button.

I advocate jailbreaking because I think it opens up opportunity to use your iPhone to its maximum capabilities. iPhones aren’t cheap, and you reserve the right to use every feature possible.

Christian is a senior business administration and computing major.