Top 15 Reasons to Jailbreak iOS 7 [Video]

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Ever since Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, there have a number of reasons to jailbreak iOS.

Even though Apple has added features to iOS such as copy and paste, Custom Wallpaper, multitasking, Notification Center, FaceTime over cellular etc, that were only possible if you had jailbroken your iOS device, the jailbreak community has continued to release some amazing tweaks and apps that still make it quite compelling to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Apple released iOS 7 few days back, which includes a number of features such as Control Center, improved app switcher, Dynamic Wallpapers, ability to block calls and messages, live clock etc, that many would say were inspired by jailbreak apps and tweaks.

So while we eagerly wait for the evad3rs team to release a jailbreak for iOS 7, we take a look at the reasons to jailbreak Apple’s new mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:

Customizations:

While iOS 7 features an all-new user interface, the novelty factor will wear off soon. Jailbreaking will allow you customize your iOS device in every way possible. You can install themes to change the look and feel of your iPhone or you can use Winterboard alternative like DreamBoard that allows you to transform your iPhone into an Android phone or transform your iPad into a Mac. Jailbreak tweaks also let you add a 5-icon dock, additional row of keys to iOS’ virtual keyboard, change the carrier logo and lots more.

If you hate the new icons for the stock apps in iOS 7, then you will be able to finally replace it. We also expect developers to launch tweaks that will allow users to change or disable the zoom animations, which are causing nausea and headaches.

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Messages on Steroids:

Apple revamped the Messages app and added some cool features such as the ability to swipe on the message to see the exact time the message was sent. However, I still miss jailbreak tweaks like biteSMS, that offer features like Quick Reply, Quick Compose, scheduled messages, delivery reports, signatures etc. that are not available in the native app.

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For The Power User:

Activator transforms iOS into a mobile operating system for the power user. It allows you to invoke actions using shortcuts from anywhere in the iOS. You would be surprised by the number of shortcuts you can use such as double tap on the status bar, triple tap the Home button, double press the sleep button to trigger stock actions or launch an app or go to the Settings toggle. It offers almost limitless shortcuts to make it easier to use your iOS device.

Check out this post to find out how you can supercharge your iPhone with Activator.

Enhanced Lock Screen:

iOS 7 allows users to access the Notification Center and Control Center from the lock screen. However, they still don’t offer features offered by jailbreak tweaks such as IntelliScreenX and LockInfo that give you quick access to Twitter, Facebook updates or RSS feeds from the lock screen.

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Extend Control Center

One of the major new features in iOS 7 is Control Center that gives us quick access to system toggles, brightness control, music playback controls, app shortcuts, quick access to AirDrop and AirPlay feature.

However, we can only turn on or turn off 5 system toggles and 4 apps/features. We hope that Cydia developers will be able to extend the functionality of the Control Center by removing these limits and giving us the control to customize them.

We also expect Cydia developers to add more functionality to iOS 7 such as quick reply and quick compose shortcuts, and also the “Tap to tweet” and “Tap to post” shortcuts for Twitter and Facebook that were removed from the Notification Center in iOS 7.

It also makes sense for developers to migrate the custom Notification Center widgets to the Control Center.

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Enhanced Notification Center

When Apple introduced the Notification Center in iOS 5, we saw a flood of custom widgets created for it. We hope that these custom widgets are migration to the Control Center as most of them seem appropriate for it than the Notification Center.

We also expect developers to enhance the Notification Center to give us the ability to clear all notifications, ability to use gestures to dismiss notifications etc and add more functionality to the Today tab.

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Tethering:

Instead of paying a monthly fee to your carrier, jailbreak apps like PdaNet and MyWi, allow you to tether your laptop to your iPhone’s data connection for a one-time fee.

However, please remember that this can get you into trouble with your carrier so try this with caution.

Find My iPhone+:

Apple has made Find My iPhone more fool proof by adding Activation Lock, however it still does not offer features offered by jailbreak tweaks such as iCaughtU and iGotYa that take a photograph of the person who enters the wrong passcode using the front camera and PowerGuard, which prevents someone from turning off your device, makes it a lot more fool proof. There have been several instances it has helped catch a thief who is oblivious of such hacks.

Set Default apps:

One of the major limitations of iOS is the lack of an option to set your favorite third-party app as the default app. Thankfully jailbreak tweaks like MapsOpener allow you to set Google Maps as the default app instead of Apple’s Maps app and BrowserChooser and BrowserChanger allow you to change the default brower. You can also use jailbreak tweaks like NowNow to replace Google Now with Siri.

Use Wi-Fi Only Apps Over 3G network:

My3G is a jailbreak tweak that will make “Wi-Fi only” apps “believe” that they are running over a Wi-Fi network even though your iOS device is connected to the 3G network thus allowing you to use such “Wi-Fi only” apps such as Bloomberg Anywhere, Cablevision, DirecTV for iPad etc over a 3G network.

xCon is a complimentary jailbreak tweak, which bypasses jailbreak detection in apps, so you can use apps that currently prevent jailbroken iOS device users.

Set any song as Ringtone:

While it is possible to create ringtone and alerts from the songs you’ve purchased from iTunes, jailbreak tweak like AnyRing makes it very easy to set any song from your music library as a ringtone or alert tone.

Password Protect an app or folder:

Call me paranoid, but I like the ability to password protect some apps or folders so that someone cannot access them when they’re using my iOS device. Jailbreak tweaks like Icon Passcode and Folder Passcode allow you to do just that.

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Finder/Explorer:

Miss Finder (Mac) app or Explorer (Windows) on your iPhone or iPad? No problem, iFile does the job. It’s a file manager and viewer, which allows you to navigate through iPhone file system and allows you to open any type of file.

The killer features is the ability to edit files directly on your iOS device, which can be quite useful when you want to hack your iOS device to enable or disable a feature.

Unauthorized apps:

Even though there are more than 900,000 apps in the App Store, a small percentage of the apps get rejected for various reasons. Some of them like tawkon that allows you to check the amount of radiation emitted by your iPhone or grooveshark’s iPhone app for its online music streaming service can be installed from Cydia – the unofficial App store for such unauthorized apps.

Call Management Features:

While Apple has added the ability to block voice calls, FaceTime calls and text messages from a number or a Contact, it still lacks the ability to block unknown and unrestricted callers offered by iBlackList.

Wrap up:

So as you can see, despite the 200 new features added in iOS 7, there are still quite a few reasons to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We also can’t wait to see how Cydia developers will extend and improve upon the new features and APIs added to iOS 7.

At the end of the day, jailbreaking is about freedom, freedom to be able to do whatever you want with your iOS device, just the way you can with your Mac, PC and other things you’ve purchased.

Let me know what will be your top reasons to jailbreak iOS 7 in the comments below.

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  • Brandon Zgadzaj

    Pandora downloader and mewseek

    Unlimdownloads- any file downloads to your iPhone from Safari like a YouTube video or an mp3

  • Somthing4Nothing

    Why you gotta tease us with jail breaking;-)
    I hope soon there will be a jailbreak release for the ios7. The only thing that will suck is how many tweeks will be ios7 compatible when they first release a jailbreak.

    • blu

      I am wondering this too, how many JB tweaks are now broken by iOS 7.

      I updated my iPad 2 to iOS 7 thinking I would not miss the JB on it.
      I was wrong. I did not realize how much I had customized my iPad until I went to iOS 7. I will not be updating my iPhone 5 till a JB is released.

  • Muder Cat

    when will the jailbreak will come out ??

    • mE.!

      In October! Guaranteed or your money back!

      • $25540930

        what money? lol

  • Eric

    It’s nice to b JB on ios6 still. :) y’all had to have ios7 so let’s not start crying cuz u updated. JB is still the only way to go

    • $25540930

      No we are all crying cuz there was no JB for 6.1.4 and when we heard 3vaders and Redsn0w were going to focus on a JB for ios7, we all figured “what the hell might as well update”. You could not downgrade from 6.1.4 to 6.1.3 (which has a JB). So that’s why. Apple tricked most of us.

      • toker

        “Apple tricked most of us”: No, you tricked yourself.

        • $25540930

          So by releasing iOS 6.1.4 and specifically making it unable to downgrade when every other iOS update before is downgradeable is me tricking myself?? Uh huh….

          • bdone

            You never could downgrade without shsh’s. yes, if you didn’t buy your device with 6.1.4 or 7.0 already on it, then you shouldn’t have updated. Sorry.

        • Technomancer

          Yes. yes he did, by buying an Apple device.
          9% market share, locked apps and functionality, totoal lack of control even when jailbroken…. Sure, iPhone is the shit. oh wait just shit…..

          • bdone

            Wow, this was such a stupid response that I had to sign in to discuss so I can reply. 9% market share? Maybe in laptops but definitely not with cellphones. Locked apps? What the hell does that mean? And my phone jailbroken will school your stupid whatever phone you have… You just don’t know how to jailbreak it right and you’re mad. Have fun with your lame plastic wannabe iPhone. The ONLY thing you could say bad about the iPhone jailbroken, is the battery, and that’s just because I’m using all kinds of extensions beyond stock.

  • kgs

    Will i be possible for the jailbreak to enable 3rd party battery case chargers??

    • Gautam

      Yes, good point, I am sure it would be possible to bypass it.

      • eddie

        i think it is possible as well.. i hope so tho

    • eddie

      i hope so.. i bought one as a spare… and with the update the spare became useless…

  • Brian

    Haptic Feedback, Folder and App lock (because of the kids) and Kill Background just to name a few for me

  • goze18

    miss my jailbreak

  • AG

    ifile…is good enough reason for me

  • AG

    ifile…is reason enough for me

    • Zumizumz

      iFile is good yes but, you can use iFunBox or iPhoneExplorer, and more root file programs.

      • AG

        I won’t argue with iFunbox or iPhoneExplorer, however, having the ability to browse my iOS files right on my device and moving files around without the need of a computer, is the key.

    • Nick Reyes

      wont run yet, tried it today.

      • SonicBoomChan

        I have it. works. iPAD 2 WIFI

  • Rob

    is mewseek still around?

  • Dakinebrah

    Being able to schedule texts and quick launch I miss Bitesms!

  • Dakinebrah

    Being able to schedule texts and quick launch I miss Bitesms!

  • Jeri Haapavuo

    The only reason for me as a developer is using unsigned apps via xcode as I don’t currently have an Apple developer account. That is something Apple might want to allow by default (xcode could check that the computer is using the same Apple ID as the iPhone to prevent abuse).

  • DiamondDNice

    making it NOT look like ios 7 is reason enough.

  • DiamondDNice

    I really hope there are options for the music player like remove space wasting album art in the lists. Not the mainscreen but the list.

    A black skin for the music player would be nice too.

  • http://www.computercrown.com ComputerMan

    call bar

  • DasH0212

    Activator is the main reason fr me

  • rambo

    there is no facetime app on my iphone 5 could someone please help how the app could be installed

  • eddie

    i love ios 7 but i miss some tweaks ):

  • Abel Goddard

    Infinidock, 5 row keyboard, and Activator. And Iconoclasm. Those are my big reasons for jailbreak.

    I do find it odd that you can set a song to play as an alarm, but not as a ringtone.

  • Badboy

    You forgot cylay. I can control my front and rear cameras and record sms and phone calls remotely using this feature. Its the best app ever and on $20 a year subscription.

  • MHMD

    iFile is enough

  • jimcvit

    Just biding my time until it’s ready on the i5s.

    • bdone

      You’re gonna be waiting for a while. It’s gonna take months for the 5 and it doesn’t have a 64 bit processor to hack.

  • yeskia

    The ability to delete unwanted/unneeded default Apps i.e. Nike, Newsstand…and access root files.
    I curse the day I upgraded to ios 7.

    • Gautam

      You can also put the unwanted apps in a folder and put it away in a Home screen you will never use. No? Also Nike app can be deleted.

      • yeskia

        Hiding an app in a folder is not deletion. Deleting unwanted files for the purpose of freeing up additional RAM is one reason some iPhone owner’s jailbreak.

        • Gautam

          Of course, I understand where you are coming from, just saying.

  • Jared

    #1 Reason of all time: MOVIE BOX!!!

    • the NERD

      u r right dude, MOVIEBOX ALL THE WAY YAAAAA

    • Mad girl

      Oh yeah! That’s one of my reason everyone should know.

    • Alexandre Cyrus

      so true its the best app like you can watch movie that are still in teathers

  • Elim

    SBSetiings, Zephyr, Silentmode Switcher, …..etc

    Wow, I love JB Iphone …..

  • Robinleighann Carter

    they just need to make it already so i can jailbreak my iphoe so i can install a GBA emulator and play POKe’MON LIGHT PLATINUM!!!!!! bewst game ever, started to play on my android phone, but it broke and i got an iphone so please hurry, k, thanks!!!

    • ben

      you can i did

      • Robinleighann

        Not when i have 4s with ios 7.0.1

    • Nick Reyes

      What is pokemon light platinum????

      You mean silver, maybe gold?

      I don’t think there is a capable DS emulator on the iphone…

  • gamerscul9870

    Mainly I would jailbreak ios 7 to make it look like half the old things look like ios 6, main reason!

  • Pickled goon

    Free apps is enough for me

    • Nick Reyes

      filthy pirate =p

  • Sebastian Rasch

    Icons. ’nuff said.

  • random117

    Jailbreak iOS 7 to go back to iOS 6…

    I hope it’s possible… :'(

    • Nick Reyes

      Only if you have your blobs

  • Acmbrasil

    Pwntunes, icaughtU, Airblue Sharing and Call Recorder… Long Life Jailbreak!

  • Bonnie Babb

    You can Already Jailbreak iPhone 5S and all others on OS 7
    Go to 7JAILBREAK.COM and see the tutorial

  • killajrr5

    ios 7 sucks…. i need to sim unlock the iphone 4s but i cant because of the stupid not downgradeable ios

  • Mike

    i read somewhere that ios 7 patched over an exposed code that would let winterboard/dreamboard/etc theme the device. I believe winterboard, dreamboard, and all other theming tweaks are useless at this point.

  • jurand

    I hope, after a jailbreak can I use Linux OS to copy music files to my iphone. I’m sick with itunes. Is that possible?

  • john

    the reasons why many don’t like iOS 7 is that simple; iOS 7 does not have any jailbreak, and it’s still not completely stable as iOS 6…..as soon we have jailbreak for iOS 7, the point of views on everyone mind will be changed!!!

  • Rell

    I just need mywi

  • Guest

    Is there a jailbreak available for ios 7? I cant find one that isnt a virus

    • Nick Reyes

      Yeah Ragebreak but it only works on iPhone 4

  • http://thongmash.com/ Blake Graham

    Nice! I totally have to do this!

  • Evandro Ribeiro

    ensina aí meu parça fazer o jailbreak iphone 4s versao 7.0.3…
    enosousa@hotmail.com envia pelo email>>>>por favor

  • Nick Reyes

    There is no support for any apps in Cydia for IOS 7 there is absolutely no point in jail-breaking it AT THIS TIME. Maybe in a few months…

  • Itay

    Ifunbox doesn’t work the fs is not mounted for mobile.
    (Even with JB)
    I think the best app for JB device is movie-box

  • niks

    I am not able to see settings (Settings/library/carrier bundles)
    Using ifunbox on my Iphone4 CDMA after jailbreaking IOS7.
    they were accesseble when i was on IOS6.1 jailbreak.
    Please help.

  • JS

    In the early days when IOS had limited features, jailbreaking had a lot of practical value. In recent versions Apple has incorporated a lot of features and “hacks” in the operating system, so practically speaking I see no need for it any more. I do understand the emotional desire for freedom to hack and tweak, and that’s fine. However I have always found the jailbreaking lowers the performance of the device and messes up the updating process.

  • eoin31

    Sweet Jesus. I’ve been forced to use iphone 5s ios 7.0.4 by by new job. I’ve gone against rules and jail broke it expecting something great to happen. I still can’t do the simple things I did on my android. I can customise the theme…… Whoop di flipping do.
    I can do so much more on my unrooted android. This confirms my belief that Apple people are retarded.
    Where’s the file manager? I thought I could abandon the crap that is iTunes and drag and drop……… Wtf

  • http://webdesy.com/ Kenneth von Rauch

    I’m not sure why, but all the reasons are not good enough for me to jailbreak for me. Chances are, it’s because I just got my iPhone and I’m still happy with the stuff that I already got. Does Jailbreak allow you to install paid apps? :)

  • Richard Cero

    can I share file via bluetooth to android using jailbroken iOS?

  • man pan

    I have an iPad 4 and don’t see in my case a need to jailbreak. However, if I were using an iPad 2 with iOS 7 I would jailbreak it to enable Siri on the iPad since Apple does not provide Siri to iPad 2 users via iOS 7.

  • antonio gayatinea III

    I wanted to use another network providers SIM card