The wait finally came to an over when the team behind Pangu released their new jailbreak tool for iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3. Given this, iOS 9 brought many new features and improvements to the table including enhanced multitasking experience for the iPad, Low Power Mode, Night Mode and much more. If you’re not sure whether you should remain on stock iOS or jailbreak your device, here are the top 15 reasons why we think you should take advantage of the Pangu iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak.
Please note that most of the tweaks mentioned in this post are not compatible with iOS 9.3.3 currently, but we expect them to be updated to add support for iOS 9.3.3 very soon. We’re tracking the list of iOS 9.3.3 compatible jailbreak tweaks here.
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 that allows you to transform your iPhone into an Android phoneor 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.
You can change app icons that annoy you to better versions, designed by people from the community. You can check our post on the perfect jailbroken iPhone to get an idea of how you can customize your device.
#2. Extend Control Center
With Control Center, we can only turn on or off 5 system toggles and have quick launch icons for 4 apps/features. CCSettings fixes this by allowing you to customize Control Center by allowing you to add extra toggles in the top row, and also extra quick launch app icons in the bottom row.
#3. File Manager
iOS 9 includes an app for iCloud Drive. But it is still very limited. iFile offers a complete file manager and viewer for the iPhone. It gives full access to the file system including system files. It also allows you to edit text files and property lists, which can be quite useful occasionally.
#4. Cool Animations
Barrel adds cool animations while swiping through Home screen pages.
#5. Pokemon GO Hacks
With all the hype surrounding Pokemon GO, you can take advantage of hacks found in Cydia to become a better player than your friends and rule your local gyms. Tweaks such as PokemonGoAnywhere allows you to tap anywhere on the screen to walk and Pokemon Lock which lets you play Pokemon GO from the Lock screen.
#6. Picture-in-Picture Mode on Any Device
With the release of iOS 9, Apple introduced Picture-in-Picture mode for iPad users, allowing them to detach videos into a separate window while doing other important tasks. This feature is limited to iPad models but with a jailbroken device, you can install a tweak called VideoPane that allows you to detach any video into a separate window that can be placed on any side of the screen.
#7. Get 3D Touch Functionality on Older Devices
Just as cool as 3D Touch sounds, it is limited to a fairly small set of iPhone models such as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. But if you own an older device that is jailbroken, you can still enjoy the feature by installing tweaks such as RevealMenu which brings 3D Touch to older iOS 9 devices.
#8. Lock folder or an app with Touch ID
#9. Change System Font
BytaFont 2 allows you change the system font on your jailbroken iPhone. It allows you to change the font in apps, Lock screen, and more.
#10. Always-on Hey Siri to Older Devices
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus finally come with always-on “Hey Siri” functionality which allows you to use Siri without connecting your device to a power source. But with a jailbroken device, you can enable the always-on “Hey Siri” feature on older devices with the UntetheredHeySiri tweak.
#11. 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 allow you to change the default browser.
#12. For The Power User
Power users are going to love iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch feature, which allows you to peek and pop into emails and messages, switch easily to the previous app, and even turn iPhone keyboard into a trackpad.
But it does not replace Activator. It is still a must-have jailbreak tweak for power users. 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 our post on how you can supercharge your jailbroken iPhone or iPad with Activator.
#13. Remove Unnecessary Features and Apps
iOS 9 comes with features and apps that the user might never use. An example is the Stocks and Tips apps that I’ve never opened even once on my iPhone. With various jailbreak tweaks, you can hide such apps as well as remove stock iOS features that you might never use.
#14. Messages on Steroids
Apple revamped the Messages app and added some cool features like audio messages, self-destructing attachments and interactive notifications in iOS 8.
However, jailbreak tweaks like MessageCustomiser allow you to completely change the look and feel of the Messages app. It’s a pity that biteSMS hasn’t been updated for iOS 8 and most likely won’t be updated for iOS 9, but tweaks like Columba have attempted to bring some biteSMS features like Quick Compose, message forwarding and scheduling and message templates make the Messages app even better.
Craving to play the classical Sega and Gameboy games which were popular in your childhood days? Well, with jailbreak tweaks such as GBA4iOS and RetroArch, you can play these games right on your iOS device and bring back your old childhood memories.
If these reasons are convincing enough to make you jailbreak your iOS device, then make sure to check our guide on how to jailbreak iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3 using Pangu jailbreak.