So You Want to Jail Break Your iPhone 5?
Are you the proud owner of an iPhone 5? An Apple devotee who shuns the android, clinging to the masterful and sleek design of the iPhone 5’s and its intuitive technology? You are not alone in the universe. No, the reporters at various sites tell us that about 48 million people shelled out the price of an iPhone in the first four months of 2012. And it is not surprising as the iPhone 5 is an awesome phone. And a jail broken iPhone, some would say, pumps up that awesomeness to delicious levels. This article has some news about how to jailbreak the iPhone 5. News that will be rocking music to some ears. For readers who are new to the concept of jailbreaking, we will first lay out what it is and why about 1 million iPhone users have taken the jailbreaking plunge.
Jailbreaking. OK. Tell me more.
Let’s first sketch out what you getting when you buy an iPhone 5. You gain access to apps from the iTunes Store, right? About 775,000 of them, according to About.com. And you get the physical iPhone 5 in all of its design-y glory, with a intuitive interface that is not only pleasing to look at but easy to use. Oh, and probably a contract with an approved Apple carrier. Not a bad deal. (If you just want to be able to use different carriers with your iPhone 5, you want to unlock it, not jailbreak it. An unlocked iPhone can be used with most providers. )
But some say “meh” to the iPhone 5 goodness
The world of technology is one of pushing the envelope – of making changes or improvements that make our gadgets do things exactly the way we want them to. And look just how we want them to look. So, if your hipster friend has an iPhone 5 that has an interface that looks different that yours, it may be that she is a jailbreaker. That is, she has downloaded a tool, likely Absinthe from the hacker team known as Chronic Dev Team: this tool has freed her iPhone from Apple.
So what? I mean, what is the up side of jailbreaking?
A jailbroken iPhone can use apps that come from places other then the iTune’s Store. Yes, there is an alternate universe out there where users buy their apps from a space called Cydia. And the apps at Cydia do different stuff than the apps at the iTunes Store do. Like lets you turn on and off WiFi or Bluetooth without going into settings. Or lets you make your iPhone 5 do things when you swipe it. It is a whole new world over there at Cydia. (Some apps are free and not for free; just like at the iTunes Store.) But access to a world of new apps is not the only reward for the Apple jailbreaker. A jailbroken iPhone 5 can create an instant WiFi Hotspot. This is a pretty cool thing.
The tethered versus untethered thing
If you are new to reading about jailbreaking, you will quickly notice that the terms “tethered” and “untethered” pop up in just about every piece that you read. The distinction between the two is easily explained. A tethered jailbreak is the lesser of these two options. This is because a tethered jailbreak means connecting your iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s to a computer and rebooting the jailbreak after every time you turn off your phone; not an optimum situation. Those in the know would advise you to download the untethered jailbreak. No question.
Up with freedom! Where can I find this Absinthe thing?
In the first paragraph of this article we mentioned some pending news. Here is where this news becomes relevant. Famous hackers, like those who make up the Chronic Dev Team, have been valiantly trying to break the code that lies behind these Apple operating systems – i0S 6, i0S 6.01, i0S 6.02 and i0S 6.1. While earlier Apple operating systems of the 3g failed to flummox hackers, these did. But the wait is almost over.
A group of three soon-to-be celebrated hackers have put the word out on Twitter that they have all of required pieces to put together the jailbreaking software for the iPhone 5. On Sunday, February 27th, 2012, @planetbeing tweeted that the release of the software would come soon, likely this week. So, you have to wait just a little longer.
How will I know when I can download the jailbreaking tool?
Word that the iPhone 5 can now be jailbroken will be all over cyberspace. Though if you want to be one of the first to get the news, follow @evad3rs on Twitter. This feed is the official feed from the group of three who have put out the word that they have cracked the case of the unjailbreakable iPhone 5 – Musclenerd, Planetbeing and Pimseks. The evad3ers are associated with Chronic Dev Team who can be found online at their website greenpois0n.com. Here you will find up-to-date postings from Chronic Dev Team as well as information about how to jailbreak your iPhone 5 – when they are soon released. Chronic Dev Team has named their jaibreaking software Absinthe and its various versions are available for free at the site. Also keep an eye on TechCrunch.
Redsnow is another uber popular provider of jailbreaking software for Apple products and can be downloaded at this link http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=16424 It is the evad3rs who are set to release this eagerly awaited jailbreak tool for the iPhone 5, so, at least initially, the flow of Internet traffic will be landing at greenpois0n.com.
So, check out the Internet machine and follow @evad3rs for the absolute and ultimate news about the release of the jailbreak for the iPhone 5. It looms. As closing words of wisdom, you should know though jailbreaking your iPhone 5 is totally legal, it does void your warranty with Apple. You will find websites that will offer help on this score, showing you how to “undo” your jailbreak should the need arise, but it is possible that you can’t. At least not in a way that the guy at the Apple Genius Bar won’t be able to detect. So weigh your options. Before the release.