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Jailbreaking Is Losing Its Appeal

Yesterday, the iPhone Dev Team released their latest jailbreak via Mobile Safari that’s as simple as ‘Slide to Jailbreak’.  It’s all well and legal but now that we’re on the fourth gen iPhone and iOS iteration, I don’t see much of a need to jailbreak even my iPhone 3GS.  In fact, I’d say after iOS 4.0, there really isn’t much of a reason to tinker with the inner workings of the 3GS and 4.  A while back I wrote a piece called Five Reasons to Jailbreak Your iPhone, it’s time for a revisit.


This one will differ from user to user because up until that flashlight application with hidden tethering abilities flew under Apple’s radar, tethering would likely be one of the only remaining reasons for me to jailbreak.image Thankfully I snagged it during the few minutes it was available, eliminating the tethering problem from my mind.

3G Restrictions

More and more applications are starting to pass through with the ability to stream over the 3G networks.  Skype, Netflix, and Hulu all support 3G streaming.  YouTube still scales quality with your connection, but YouTube video quality was never a sole reason to jailbreak.  The only other 3G restriction that comes to mind is the 20MB App Store download limit.


After four generations, Apple finally decided to allow a wallpaper to rest behind your applications.  iOS 4.0’s fast app switching makes Wifi, Bluetooth, and 3G toggling tolerable while the addition of folders increases the number of apps sitting in your dock.  SBSettings is dead to me.

Backgrounder & BiteSMS

Apple’s multitasking works extremely well.  I’ve yet to come across an application that I needed to fully run in the background, eliminating the need for the jailbroken Backgrounder application that was easily an excuse enough to hack away at pre-4.0 devices.   Fast app switching is the answer to SMS responding and it works all too well.

iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone 3G owners still have much to gain with the JailbreakMe exploit but anyone with an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 already has access to alternatives that jailbreaking brings.   If you’re getting ready to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 let us know why in the comments.