Killian Bell of Cult of Mac published a post few days ago about how iOS 7 helped him kick his jailbreaking addiction. I read the piece, and noticed we shared a few sentiments regarding certain aspects of jailbreaking.
Now, I do not hate jailbreaking and this is not a post to bash it. I’m grateful to the jailbreak community for some of the incredibly useful tweaks and apps they come out with to help enhance the experience and functionality of your iOS devices, some of which made their way to stock iOS.
This is just me elaborating on some of the shared sentiments as to why I don’t jailbreak anymore.
iOS has finally reached the point where everything you need from a mobile platform is baked into it. There is certainly room for advancement, but the time and effort it takes to maintain a jailbroken device is no longer worth the few improvements you get by taking matters into your own hands.
I also liked that all my apps worked as they should, and that I could install iOS updates as soon as they became available.
I don’t think iOS offers everything a mobile platform needs, this is debatable of course, but iOS has come to a point where everything I jailbroke for back-in-the-day is present in the OS, stable, reliable, and works quite well. The very reason why I first jailbroke my iPhone 3G was to be able to record video as it was only capable of taking photos. I used Sauriks Cycorder from Cydia to accomplish this task and it gave my iPhone a new function I couldn’t do without. The other reason was to unlock my phone to use with whichever network (carrier) I desired and this was one of the biggest reasons why many dipped their toes in the uncertain world of jailbreaking back in the day.
Those were the days I felt I really couldn’t do without jailbreak if I was to use the iPhone as my main phone (I kept my Nokia N95 while I was getting comfortable with the touch screen iPhone). This is not the case anymore, I haven’t found a single reason to make me not want to use stock iOS and the same is also true with jailbreaking in my case – I haven’t found a single reason that makes me want to jailbreak, yet.
If you’re an avid jailbreaker, you will be familiar with these drawbacks. You will have installed tweaks that caused your iPhone to become unstable, had a negative affect on its battery life or prevented some of your favorite apps from working properly. Also, you will have experienced the pain of having to wait weeks — sometimes months — to update to the latest iOS release for fear of losing your jailbreak.
Stability, reliability and peace of mind are some of the reasons why I’m enjoying stock iOS (even though the current buggy state of iOS 7 begs to differ), but it’s nothing like the troubles you face when certain jailbreak installations go awry and start conflicting with the functionality of other features on your device. It can be a real pain at times. On installing official updates, I’d rather do it straight away – especially security updates. I don’t take security for granted.
The wait for a jailbreak with every official Apple software update is off-putting to me. The majority of the time you’ll get, at best, six months to use your jailbreak until another major software update from Apple bursts out of Cupertino. I haven’t been a regular jailbreaker for a number of years now, I believe just before iOS 5, and I don’t think I’m completely done with jailbreaking, but until something I definitely cannot do without finds its way into Cydia, I’ll stick to using stock iOS.
Again, thanks to the jailbreak community.