Have you ever wanted to install a particular app on your iPad but the very strict limitations of Apple won’t let you do so? Technical geeks discovered a trick to make this possible and it’s called iPad jailbreaking. But aside from allowing you to install external or third-party apps, jailbreaking can further extend the capabilities of your iPad tablet.
What is jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is a technique or process done to remove the restrictions imposed by Apple to all of its devices running on iOS, like the iPhone, iPod, and iPad tablet. It is similar to the concept of unlocking a carrier-locked mobile phone or perhaps, the rooting of Android devices. Compared to rooting which is a deeper intrusion into the device’s system, jailbreaking is considered a simple tweak making it more acceptable to users and state laws as well.
How is jailbreaking done?
The process of jailbreaking is pretty simple. There are now several apps or programs ready for download on the internet which could run and complete the jailbreaking in just a few clicks. Apple is constantly watching through its patches, so you’ll just need to spend extra time researching on the best program that can do the jailbreaking for your iPad.
The advantages of iPad jailbreaking
Here are some of the reasons why users jailbreak their Apple devices:
Freedom to download and install all the applications you like. Apps for your iPad tablet are available and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store. But there are instances where the app you want or need is not available at the store. Perhaps what’s more irritating is that you have already downloaded the app but your tablet prevents you from installing or using it due to “security” and other reasons which only Apple knows. When you jailbreak your iPad, you have the freedom to install and use the apps which were previously restricted by Apple.
Unlocking your phone from a carrier or mobile network. The majority of the phones and tablet bought from mobile networks through a contract or service-bundle are locked. If you want to shift to another cellular network, your iPad can be unlocked through jailbreaking.
Added functionalities and device customization. Jailbreaking is the key for you to fully customize your iPad tablet. Examples include customization of your skin or theme, alert sounds, decision to place your desired app on the home screen, etc. Jailbreaking can also add the functionalities you need like synchronization or connection with your other devices at home.
- Added functionalities and device customization. Jailbreaking is the key for you to fully customize your iPad tablet. Examples include customization of your skin or theme, alert sounds, decision to place your desired app on the home screen, etc. Jailbreaking can also add the functionalities you need like synchronization or connection with your other devices at home.
- It is possible to damage your device so that your require iPhone or iPad Repair.
The disadvantages of iPad jailbreaking
If there are benefits, there are also drawbacks which include the following:
You will void your iPad’s warranty. Jailbreaking is of course not acceptable to Apple and will result in the voiding of your tablet’s warranty.
You can risk the security of your tablet. Since jailbreaking will remove the very tight security and censoring mechanisms of your iPad, your tablet could be a victim of viruses, worms, and malware.
Jailbreaking could affect the performance of your iPad. Some users who have jailbroken their iPhones or iPads have reported that they have experienced crashes, very slow performance, or perhaps hassle on updating their device.
Is jailbreaking legal?
The legality of jailbreaking depends on the country or state. In the United States, jailbreaking of iPhones is considered legal, but for the iPad, it’s illegal or prohibited. This is because the category or term “tablet” is very broad, unlike an iPhone which can precisely be classified as a mobile phone.