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?
Available for iOS and “coming soon” to Android is “Monument Valley” by USTWO Games for $3.99. Featuring geometric and colorful art “Monument Valley” is a must play game. The only downsides are that the game only has 10 levels and is very easy to beat. I beat this game in an hour so charging almost $4 for this game seems kind of outrageous considering similar games can cost much less and have more levels. But currently the game sits at number 1 in the AppStore so they’re doing something right!
Available for any device that supports iOS 5 or later is Lili by BitMonster, inc. The game sports beautiful retina graphics that could rival those of console and ps vita games. With it’s rich and highly detailed environments Lili is a must have game. Utilizing the Unreal Engine, users play as Lili a college student out looking for rare flowers to use in a report. Gameplay is ultra simple, tap to walk, double tap to run and simply drag your finger around the screen to look around and direct Lili where to go.
There’s a lot more to the adventure than just picking flowers. Players will come across “spirits” that grow flowers out of their heads. To defeat these spirits Lili must jump on their backs plucking the flowers in a specific sequence before the final special flower appears thus defeating said spirit. Go pick this game up now in the AppStore.
Now available on the New Zealand AppStore and soon to an AppStore near you Asphalt 8: Airborne is a gamer’s delight. Airborne will have you racing, jumping, and stunting your way to fun. Asphalt 8 features an amazing soundtrack featuring many dubstep and electro tracks your surely to recognize. Keep a watch out for this awesomely fun game in the AppStore and grab it for just 99¢.
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!
Many Apple blogs have reported that this September Apple could drop the iPhone 5 in support of the rumored cheaper iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. This could ultimately be bad for the users. Once the iPad 2 came out Apple then Dropped support for the first generation model, stores stopped selling it, and Apple stopped firmware updates for it with iOS 5.1.1. If Apple does in fact drop The iPhone 5 this could spell trouble for the device the same as it did for the first generation iPad. Apple will end firmware releases or at least make the firmware render the device so slow and useless that it will make people want to upgrade as they did with iPad 1. Stores and carriers would obviously stop selling the device. My personal hopes are that the purported iPhone 5C is a cheap model only intended for emerging markets as it has been rumored. If Apple does drop the iPhone 5 in favor of a low cost iPhone and a higher end iPhone 5S that shows that the company is bowing to market pressure just so it can compete with the many cheap Android devices. I think Apple has finally reached the post Steve Jobs era and doing things he would have never allowed. Since everything is only speculation ’till the September media event one can only hope Apple doesn’t drop the iPhone 5.