18 Reasons to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S11/18/2011 • By Josh Smith
The iPhone 4S has been available for a month, and we are still waiting for a proper jailbreak. You might want to know why so many of us are excited for an iPhone 4S jailbreak, so I have rounded up 18 reasons to jailbreak the iPhone 4S.
I’ve already shared 5 reasons I am excited, and you’ll notice a little overlap. This is a companion to our 5 reasons not to jailbreak the iPhone 4S. You’ll be quick to notice that there are more reasons for most users to jailbreak their iPhone than there are reasons not to.
Update: How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S jailbreak
is still a ways off, but the iPhone jailbreaking community has successfully jailbroken the iPhone 4S. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you will need to wait until it is ready for the public release, which could be as early as December, but may not come along until 2012.
When the iPhone 4S jailbreak is available to the public, it won’t cost you anything, and there are a number of reasons I think you’ll want to join me in jailbreaking your new iPhone.
18 Reasons to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S
Cydia is an alternate app store that makes it easy to find and install apps that Apple wouldn’t approve. Many of the reasons to jailbreak will require a trip to this new app store, only available on jailbroken iPhones. This is the place to go for all the cool apps and features you want on your iPhone, but that Apple won’t deliver until iOS 6.
If you want to use an alternate iPhone browsers like Opera or Dolphin, you don’t need to jailbreak, but then all of your apps will use the open in safari behavior and skip right past your favorite browser. Not anymore. Install BrowserChanger and you can choose which browser you want to open when you grab a link from Facebook or Twitter.
Real Google Voice
As I mentioned, this is one of my biggest reasons for wanting an iPhone 4S Jailbreak. The PhoneGV Extension and SMS GV Extension will allow your phone to handle all the nasty tapping and routing, that you must use the Google Voice app for, in the background. Once you install these apps, all the hard work is done behind the scenes, just use Messages and your Dialer like you normally would.
Once you jailbreak your iPhone, you can trick your phone into thinking you are connected to WiFi so that you can make FaceTime calls over WiFi. I don’t make many FaceTime calls, but I am more likely to want to do a video call when I am far from my home WiFi network.
SB Settings gives you fast access to your WiFi, Bluetooth and brightness settings. Of all the things Apple makes simple, it sucks at giving you fast access to these essential controls. SB Settings puts them right in your notification pull down so that you can quickly change brightness, turn on Bluetooth and more.
If you wan to change the whole look of your iPhone, to something like OS X Lion or your favorite color combination, you can do this when you Jailbreak your iPhone 4S. There are a number fo WinterBoard themes available to change how your iPhone looks. From minor tweaks to massive changes, you get to customize your iPhone 4S.
MyWi – 3G Hotspot
If you want to use your iPhone 4S as a hotspot without signing up for a plan from your carrier, you can use MyWi. This could end up getting you in trouble with certain carriers, and if you use a lot of data you may be better off paying for a hotspot from your carrier. A cool tool, but definitely one to use at your own risk.
Mario on Your iPhone
Another awesome addition when you jailbreak is the ability to load up your favorite emulators like nes4iPhone, snes4iPhone and others. These tools will let you play Roms from your favorite old-time game systems. ROMS are a grey area, so if you don’t own the actual game, you are probably breaking the law. Another fun hack, but one to do at your own risk. You can see the this in action, using the Wiimote as a controller.
Five Icon Dock
If you want to add another favorite program to your dock, Five Icon Dock will do that for you by packing in icons tighter. A small tweak, but we all have one more program we want on the home screen at all times. right?
Five Icon Switcher
If you’re going to put 5 icons in your home dock, you’ll want the same five icon look in the multitasking switcher, which is exactly what this app does for you.
Even after you add an extra icon to your dock, you’ll want to have Overboard installed. You can pull up a a listing of all of your iPhone screens for easy jumping and navigation. This one is $2 in the Cydia app store and essential if you have page after page of apps. You can see how Overboard works in the video shown above.
Forget about going into the Message app to reply to texts and iMessages, Bite SMS allows you to reply directly from the notification. This is fully compatible with iOS 5 and works with iMessaging. Check out the BiteSMS features in the demo above.
If you want to do even more in the Notification Center, IntelliscreenX looks like the best solution. You can access more than just notifications with this jailbreak only app. Check out the video above for all the details.
Add More Gestures
Activator will add more gestures to your iPhone 4S. You can swipe left ont he status bar to launch a specific app or double tap to start a new text message in Bite SMS. You’ll be amazed by how much time you save using this app. Ignore the horrible music, and look at Activator in action in the video shown above.
Arrange Icons As You Want
Instead of filling up from the upper left to the lower right, Gridlock allows you to place your iPhone apps wherever you want them, leaving open places if you want to keep space around your favorite app for easy tapping. Check out Gridlock in action in the video above.
Never Enter Your App Store Password Again
With PasswordPilot, you don’t need to enter your password every time you download an app or download updates. This isn’t good if you are sharing your iPhone, but if you keep a passcode on your iPhone and are sick of typing in your password with every purchase and download it is awesome.
Add Pictures To Your Contacts
With Copic, you can add pictures to your iPhone contacts, phone call log and SMS message screens. A nice touch for browsing through your messages quickly. You can see a demo of Copic in the video above.
No More Lockscreen
If you want to skip the slide to unlock feature, you can turn on this app and it will automatically unlock your phone to the home screen when you press the power button. Unfortunately, you still see the unlock screen for a second, but it beats sliding to unlock for some users.
When you can Jailbreak the iPhone 4S, you will be able to search for these apps and hacks in Cydia. If you have a jailbroken iPhone 4, you can get to using them right now.