Top 5 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPad

Top 5 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPad

Some people are hesitant to jailbreak anything because they worry it will ruin their device. Think of jailbreaking as an addition to your device and not a substitution. Jailbreaking is the only way to unlock some awesome features on your iPad. Earlier this week I walked you through on how to jailbreak your iPad using the Spirit jailbreak. Now I will tell you why you should jailbreak your iPad.

MyWi

1) MyWi – Wouldn’t it be nice to share your iPad’s 3G connection with your other devices (assuming you own a WiFi+3G iPad)? With MyWi you can make your iPad a WiFi hotspot with one swipe. MyWi allows you to tether your iPad to any device capable of picking up WiFi. You can achieve even better connections if you tether using USB or Bluetooth, both of which are supported by this app. There is a free trial for this app but even if you decide to keep it, it will only cost you $9.99. MyWi is available in the Rock App Store.

Top 5 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPad

The icons indicate I am running both GoodReader and Pandora in the background.

2) Backgrounder - This app allows your iPad to utilize true multitasking. This function is great for people who love Pandora but wish they could do something else on their iPad while listening to this awesome music app. Now you can. Backgrounder is a free app available from either the Cydia or Rock App Stores and adds great flexibility to your device. You can have multiple apps running in the background. You even have an option of putting a label on the apps that are running so you don’t lose track of what is taking up your system’s resources. Again, this app is free and allows you multitasking that even iPhone OS 4.0 won’t live up to.

Top 5 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPad

3) Winterboard – Winterboard allows you to customize the appearance of your iPad’s springboard — the screens filled with app icons. Think of the springboard as your “desktop,” or the place where all your app icons live. With Winterboard, you can change every aspect of your iPad’s look. From the carrier logo to the way your dock looks, everything is customizable and usually for free. Winterboard is a free app that is usuallly installed with your first app download from either the Cydia or Rock App Stores.

Top 5 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPad

4) Music Controls – This app allows you to control virtually any audio app on your iPad. Works just like the existing iPod controls but with this app you can control apps like Pandora from your lock screen or within any app on your iPad. This app also allows you to maintain music controls on your status bar so you do not have to activate the iPod-like controls, just press the icons on your status bar to control the music. The app is free if you just want to use it with Pandora or $4.99 if you want to use it to control apps like Sirius/XM, Slacker, Last.fm and Rhapsody.

Top 5 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPad5) 3G Unrestrictor - This app is for WiFi+3G users. 3G Unrestrictor tricks your iPad’s apps into thinking they are on WiFi. This is awesome for apps like the iTunes Store. You will no longer be limited to downloads less than 20MB on the iTunes Store, the App Store, Skype or any other app you decide to unrestrict. This app is $2.99 and only available on the Cydia App Store. A similar app named My3G is available on the Rock App Store for $2.79.

Jailbreaking is easy, free and a fun way to deck out your iPad. Enjoy!

Here are easy, step-by-step instructions showing how to jailbreak your iPad using the Spirit jailbreak.

  • John C

    Well this is fucking stupid. Nothing you can’t do on your iPhone. The point of reading this article (for me an probably 99% of everyone else) is to find apps exclusive to the IPAD. retard.

  • Jhvhgv

    Well, who would want to jailbreak their iPad??? It’s better with normal ios! If you want a thing that is the same as a jail broken iPad, use a laptop or net book with windows 7!

  • Chocolatfrog

    useful post to help decide : to jailbreak or not… thanks

  • B lo me

    John C is a loser

  • PSWX

    if you jailbreak your ipad, can you download the paid apps from app store for free??
    because if you jailbreak your iphone you can by the apptrackr but i can’t see any app for ipad..

  • Aa

    I can’t see any reasons for jailbreaking stated in the article.  As with the other two ‘reasons to jailbreak’ articles I just googled, these are just pushing apps.

    Crap.

    If it were reasons, the reader might want to consider reasons not to jailbreak their iphone.

    I can find app reviews, anywhere.

  • Sunesoft

    There is only one thing, as I see it, that would tempt me to jailbreak my Ipad. And that is if it would make interactive flash-content, like games and such available on my device. That limitation is also the only reason why I don’t recommend an Ipad as your new tablet computer. I love my Ipad for the great apps, but I mainly use it for the internet, which is annoyingly limited by its failure to play flash.  

  • John Jackson

    lol what are you talking about? These applications work on both ipod and ipad so stop rageing for no reason

  • Drtycfy

    jailbreak is not legal  , slows the device, warranty crashes , and …………………
    i wish it could be banned

  • Bill G

    People jailbreak to get free apps period.  

  • Mal1144

    Your an Ignorant Ass hole. For one, the supreme court ruled jail breaking is perfectly legal. 2nd if you don’t like jail breaking then don’t do it. Why would you want to “wish it could be banned”. You must be an Obama loving liberal. If you don’t like something let’s take it away from everyone! Instead of just minding your own Damn business. Leave people alone that want to customize their OWN property!

  • Mal1144

    Your an Ignorant Ass hole. For one, the supreme court ruled jail breaking is perfectly legal. 2nd if you don’t like jail breaking then don’t do it. Why would you want to “wish it could be banned”. You must be an Obama loving liberal. If you don’t like something let’s take it away from everyone! Instead of just minding your own Damn business. Leave people alone that want to customize their OWN property!

  • Derrick Pair

    iSwifter for iPad in the app store runs flash games perfect on my iPad 2. Check it out, just got done playing sims social on Facebook using the app. I use it almost everyday. Well worth the 4.99. IPad = $500, iPad with flash = $505

  • Dw14andff

    Haha^ Well said. You pretty much summed up what i was thinking when i read the retard’s response above you. I currently just got a new ipod touch with the camera and all. And i’m deciding whether i should jailbreak it or not. I have a debt on my account somehow and it wont let me download any of the free apps, so i need a alternative way to get apps and music without damaging my ipod permanently.

  • David Gourde

    Like you said. Especially since we now have pretty much all of the “good” stuff of a jailbreaked ipad with iOS5, so they only reason is to download the apps for free… 

  • kurt

    you are just stupid daddy reading old news paper with cheap beer. 

  • David Douglas

    You know its amazing apple has already scooped up all of these features. They are monitoring Cydia looking for new innovations which don’t reduce their cash flow LOL!!!

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Jose GutierrezJose Gutierrez is a San Diego-based Submariner who loves technology, specifically anything Apple. When he's not jailbreaking or unlocking a device, you can find him on Facebook. Follow Jose on Twitter.

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