It seems that most searches on internet about Apple these days are about jailbreak iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s. But many of those who are looking for this don’t really know what jailbreak is, if this will harm their phone or if jailbreak is legal or not. Today we decided to answer to the most common questions about jailbreak iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s.
What is jailbreak?
Jailbreak means the release of an iPod, iPad or iPhone (and lately Apple TV) from its factory restrictions. This will allow the user to modify any function he wants on his iDevice. Among being able to experience its full functionality, a jailbreak Apple works also on any network.
There are two types of jailbreak:
1. Tethered jailbreak: If you use this kind of jailbreak you will not be able to start your iPhone once it has been turned off, unless you connect it to your computer and boot it on an untethered mode.
2. Untethered jailbreak: If you use this type of jailbreak, your Apple device will start every time you turn it off so you don’t need to connect it anymore to the computer to boot. At this moment Pod2G and many other well known hackers are working to the development of an untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4s.
What software you can use to jailbreak an Apple device?
The iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple TV can be jailbreak with several software as:
RedSn0w, blackra1n or greenpois0n. The most used software for jailbreak is RedSn0w but it depends on the version of your iOS.
What is RedSn0w and Cydia?
Jay Freeman is the name of the person that invented Redsn0w, which can also jailbreak iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s with the iOS version 5.0.1. When you jailbreak your device, another software will appear on your springboard. This is Cydia, which has also been invented by Jay Freeman. Once the Cydia app is on your springboard you are ready to extend the capabilities of your device.
Is jailbreak legal?
At the beginning, jailbreak was illegal and forbidden by Apple, but, in 2010, it became free to use by law. This means that at this moment jailbreak is legal for everyone. Yet, it is illegal to post somewhere the copyrighted code, such as the iOS of the iPad, iPod or iPhone.
Will the jailbreak harm the phone?
The answer is no, jailbreak will not harm an Apple device. Jailbreak is as safe as the factory software. But, if you install software from Cydia using unknown sources, you might get infected with several scripts that can harm your Apple device.