Jailbreak iPad 3
Certain owners of the iPad 3 find themselves pleased with the device itself, but yearn for more than the operating system, iOS 5.1.1, is giving them. If you are a jailbreaker by nature, and perhaps have an iPhone that has been freed from the shackles of Apple, then you get what these iPad 3 owners are thinking. If you are new to the idea that an iPad might soar beyond its inherent capabilities by being jailbroken, then a few words about Cydia will enlighten you.
Jay Freeman developed Cydia and chose a clever name for it too; Cydia is said to come from the Latin, cydia pomonella, which, in turn, refers to the “worm in the apple” that figures largely in the basket of our cultural references. Cydia is just software that lets users download other software applications, like apps, on jailbroken Apple devices.
There is even a Cydia Store, which is like the iTunes Store – except that it isn’t. These two entities are similar in that they both sell applications for smart phones and devices; they differ in that Apple devices can use only apps from the iTunes Store. Though jailbroken apple devices can use apps from the Cydia Store and other sources. The Cydia Store has countless free apps and a robust selection of apps for sale as well; many of these apps are called “tweaks” as they make slight, or sometimes major, changes to what already exists on an Apple device. Devotees of the Cydia Store swear by the available apps, using them to make their iPad their own.
So, can I jailbreak my iPad 3?
The iPad 3, unlike its cousin the iPad Mini, can indeed be jailbroken. The just about undisputed kings of the jailbreak tools out there are Absinthe and Redsn0w; while Absinthe was first out of the gate with Absinthe Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1, Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 does the same trick. Though jailbreakers have their favorite go-to tools, this article contends that choosing between these two tools that come from developers at the top of their respective games is your basic coin toss situation. Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 won the toss for us this time. Here is what you need to know before you go ahead and jailbreak your iPad 3.
There are several sites that take you through the process of jailbreaking your iPad3 with Redsn0w 0.9.14b2; like http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=22396 . Hence this article does not take you through the jailbreak in detail, though we do offer some must-follow advice on the subject.
Know that you want a jailbroken iPad 3
There are some misconceptions floating around about what a jailbroken iPad 3 can do for you. One is that you can download apps for free – that is, apps that you would otherwise have to pay for. A newbie alert: this is not the case. You will still have to pay for apps at the iTunes Store, unless they are free for everyone. It is also a myth that the Cydia Store is an idyllic place where all is free; lots of apps are free but there are some you have to pay for. You can customize your iPad 3 with tweaks that are not available through the Apple community. If you are content with what your iPad 3 does for you with its indigenous operating system, you need not jailbreak. Jay Freeman, the guru behind all that is Cydia, tells us that 10 % of iPhones are jailbroken; this gives you an idea of the scope of jailbreaking. If you are unsure about it – it’s back to the research drawing board for you. If you don’t have a solid reason to jailbreak, the experts suggest that you don’t.
Back up everything to iTunes
This is basic advice – the kind of basic advice that is often ignored for whatever reason. Backing up your apps before you download Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 is the only way to save your information should things go awry. Jailbreakers should consider this step as a necessary and preemptive move.
Make sure that your iPad 3 is using iOS 5.1.1
Check that your iPad 3 is running on iOS 5.1.1 –if it isn’t you need to download it. You can usually download it on the site where you are downloading Redsn0w 0.9.14b2.
Tethered versus untethered
A tethered jailbreak means that the jailbreak has to run again every time your reboot your iPad 3 – or the battery runs out. The general consensus is that this can get quite annoying quite quickly. Go for the untethered option; it lasts through battery disruptions, turn-offs and more. You have to purposely reset your iPad 3 to get rid of the jailbreak. And that, most in the jailbreaking community would say, is how it should be.
Can the jailbreak be undone?
You can easily undo an iPad3 jailbreak; the way forward is to do a full system restore on your iPad 3. This restore will automatically remove the jailbreak. In fact, if you need to brig your iPad 3 to an Apple Store for work, you should absolutely undo your jailbreak as if the Apple Genius detects your jailbreak, your warranty may be void. Fear not, as a simple system restore will take care of this issue.
Be patient with “stalls”
We are all aware of those times when we are downloading a tool and things just seem to abruptly stop; it is tough to tell if there is a problem. The best advice we have garnered from the Web is to be patient and simply wait for this kind of a “stall” to pass; apparently they are quite common in jailbreaking tool downloads.
Having read this article, you are well on your way to knowing if a jailbreak is for you, what the heck the Cydia Store is, and how to release your iPad 3 from the shackles imposed on it by its maker. Know that while all downloads must be undertaken with care and that we should be vigilant about the security of our Apple devices that a jailbreak, at the end of the day, is not a hugely risky operation. Happy downloading.