[OPINION] Why I May Leave The Jailbreak Scene Behind

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If your jailbroken as I am you’ll know the many pitfalls that can come with it. Sure its GREAT to have a device freed from Apple’s proverbial prison. As awesome as it can be to have a themed device or special tweak installed that takes Apple’s software further, often times fixing a problem they thought they solved, it can also introduce bugs or lag; of which can be infuriating. The subject of this piece, as to why I would want to leave such a customized world far behind, begs for serious contemplation. While I love the software and hardware Apple designed at it’s core I don’t like the fact that other than changing the wallpaper and adding a case my device will look exactly like other stock iPhones around it. Some tweaks, like Controlers4All, I almost feel as if I can’t live without. Yes Apple has built in MFi controller support but that means I have to go out and spend another $100+. Why do that when I have a Wii U Pro controller already that I can use with the help of Controlers4All? Also why spend so much money when not a lot of games support MFi Controllers?

With all the wonderful things jailbreaking brings it also brings bugs. For the last few days as of this post I can look down at my device and see it in safe mode with crashreporter stating “there are no suspects”. Yes I could disable each tweak one by one using iCleaner or uninstall one by one but look at the hassle that comes along with that. Five tweaks removed just to find out it was the sixth one on the list just to have to reinstall those tweaks. Another thing is paid tweaks. The price of the average tweak isn’t really that bad but why pay for a tweak just for another iOS update to be released and if that version is jailbreakable said tweak may not get updated to add support. As any jailbreaker knows there have been many paid tweaks released never to be updated past version 1. Many, many themes don’t get updated for months after a new iOS release if at all, many of which are also paid themes. I understand that jailbreak devs develop tweaks in their spare time and charge to supplement their income for things like college expenses but why as a consumer would I want to pay for a tweak that may not make it to the newest, jailbreakable version iOS. That’s like going to a restaurant paying for the food just to take it home and immediately throw it away without eating a bite.

With iOS 9 right around the corner it is said that it may not be jailbreakable, or “rootless” leaving many to decide to stay on an older iOS just for the customization or upgrade for the latest features and security fixes. With every update Apple tries to give valid reason to not jailbreak, and block it, but there’s always room for improvement. Yes device customization in the way of themes is great and all but is it enough to stay on an older iOS? I myself am tired of the crashes with no explicable reason. What’s your thoughts?

 

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iOS 7 Gives Spotlight A Big Improvement

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With the release of iOS 7 brought an overlooked but big improvement, Spotlight Search. In previous iterations of iOS you had to swipe entirely to the left to get to it. Often this could be a problem if you had more than one page of icons. One to many swipes and you have ended up on Spotlight search unintentionally. That may not seem like a big deal but it can be on older, slower devices. The only possible problem there could be is some people may try to activate notification center and instead activate spotlight search or vice versa. Needles to say iOS 7’s new search feature is an overlooked and improved feature.

UPDATED!!! iOS 7 Beta 4 Expected Today!

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As has been rumored since the (partial) return of Apple’s dev. center, iOS 7 beta 4 is expected today at 10 AM PST. Many non reputable blogs have been saying that Apple will scrap beta 4 and jump to beta 5. if this were true then that would mean, if Apple is truly maintaining a bi-weekly beta release, that we won’t see beta 5 until next Monday. Of course this page will be updated when the next beta of iOS 7 is released.

UPDATE: iOS 7 Beta 4 is now live via OTA and the developer center!

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