Check Out Cult of Mac’s Jailbreak Superguide

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CC-licensed, thanks to hackerfriendly on Flickr.
CC-licensed, thanks to hackerfriendly on Flickr.

iPhone and iPod owners have been jailbreaking — or unlocking the operating system to run applications not approved by Apple — since at least 2007.

Why bother?

There are a number of reasons to consider jailbreaking your iDevice, whether it’s to create Wi-Fi hotspots with MyWi, get tweaks and added functionalities, many that weren’t previously available (multi-tasking, Bluetooth access, tethering), and the freedom to use third-party apps that haven’t been approved by Apple, whose family-friendly content restrictions have occasionally bordered on absurd.

Apple doesn’t like jailbreakers because of the loss of revenue and control over the devices, but the US Copyright office recently ruled that jailbreaking your Apple device does not violate the DMCA and is legal. Keep in mind that Apple still voids your warranty if you jailbreak, but now they can’t threaten to slap you with a $2,500 fine.

Cult of Mac has put together a Jailbreak Superguide to get you busted out and moving on.

Getting started:

Must-Have Jailbreak Apps:

Housekeeping for your jailbroken iPhone