Friday, April 29, 2011
The difference between JAILBREAK and UNLOCK
What is Jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is the process by which an iPhone firmware is modified to allow unsigned code to be run to
gain access to files that Apple wouldn’t normally let you access. Jailbreaking adds unofficial application
installers to your iPhone such as Cydia or Icy (I personally only use Cydia), which let you download
many 3rd-party applications previously unavailable through the App Store.
Why Jailbreak Your iPhone?
Jailbreaking lets you install applications that are not approved by Apple. Many of these applications
can be very helpful but they will unfortunately never make it to the App Store due to Apple’s
restrictions. There are many reasons why you would want to jailbreak your iPhone:
* install 3rd party applications rejected by Apple for various reasons (ie. nudity)
* video recording (now available on the iPhone 3GS)
* changing the look and feel by installing custom graphics and themes
* free tethering
* get access to cracked App Store apps for free (not endorsed by me, but still worth noting)
* be able to unlock your iPhone
What Is Unlocking?
Unlocking is the removal of SIM restrictions on the modem, allowing the use of the iPhone on any
carrier. There are 2 types of iPhone unlocks:
* software unlock: the iPhone is unlocked by a software
* hardware unlock: modification have to be made to the actual hardware to unlock the phone
Software unlocks are safer because they do not modify your device and can easily be reverted back.
Soft unlocks are mostly developed for free by the Dev Team, an international group of iPhone
hackers. Hardware unlocks are a little tricky and usually cost money. In clear, if you want to unlock
your iPhone, you can do it for free by with a safe software unlock.