I jailbroke my iPhone 5s a few days after the release of evasi0n7, and haven’t looked back since. I’ve updated to iOS 7.0.6 and then rejailbroke, but never have I been more than an hour or so without a jailbreak since. Then, one day, while using my phone, I sat down and realized something: nothing that I jailbroke for actually did anything for me. Most everything that I had installed on my iPhone through Cydia was almost all just cosmetic changes, not anything that really provided any necessary function, it was all form.
So, I decided to launch Numbers and make a spreadsheet of currently installed tweaks. Not including the dependencies of some tweaks, and only the things that I had gone to Cydia to install, I had a crazy 53 tweaks installed. Ridiculous, and I had wondered why my phone was acting up. At times my phone would freeze without explanation, Control Center wouldn’t open no matter how many times I swiped up from the edge of the screen, and I would have restarts that didn’t happen on stock iOS 7 (contrary to some other’s experiences). I decided to cleanse my phone and get down to just a few tweaks, which left me with Winterboard, ayeris, TypeStatus, OpenNotifier, Smartwatch+, TetherMe, NoSlowAnimations, and iFile.
I found each of those to add something to my device, and that is why I kept them. I bought ayeris because I loved ayecon on iOS 6, and knew the designer of the theme was going to provide a quality looking icon set, along with some smaller but definitely appreciated UI tweaks. I use TypeStatus for the convenience of it, and thankfully it has been free from the start. OpenNotifier is also free, and is just something that is neat to have. I use Smartwatch+ on a daily basis with my Pebble, but I can buy the App Store version or use one of the many other options now available via the Pebble appstore. It was a great investment, and I definitely feel I got my money’s worth (it was even on sale when I bought it). TetherMe was the first tweak I bought after jailbreaking because I wanted to use Google Glass with my iPhone without having to pay the obnoxious tethering plan. I used it a few times, but came to realize that it just wasn’t worth the battery loss and hassle that Bluetooth had become on my phone (I’ll touch on that soon). I had trouble connecting Glass to my phone, and it only start with the jailbreak, so I have concluded it to be related. iFile is iFile, just something I feel every jailbroken device needs.
So why give up the jailbreak I’ve invested time and money in? It just isn’t worth the instability. Having seen iOS 7.1 beta in action on my iPad and iPhone 5, some of the quirks of iOS 7.0.x have been corrected, and many of the bugs have been fixed. Animation speed is greatly improved in 7.1, and there are far less crashes or random freezes. And this is only having used the beta. There are rumors of further Touch ID features, as well as Siri improvements in the pipeline, and if I decide to stick around on iOS 7.0.6 forever, I won’t get to take advantage of any of those on my iPhone 5s.
The main problem here is weighing the differences between what I gain with iOS 7.1, and what I lose with a jailbreak on iOS 7.0.6. I’ve decided that the things I disliked about iOS 7 have been, for the most part, corrected in iOS 7.1. Also, the jailbreak and iOS 7 in general is so unstable that I just have become too frustrated to cope with the little inconsistencies of using my device everyday. When I bought an iOS device, I expected it to just work. That is the great thing of iOS, usually. With iOS 7, there were so many bugs that needed to be fixed that jailbreaking just made the device feel even more unstable. For instance, I have trouble connecting Bluetooth devices; Bluetooth just seems almost borked on my iPhone 5s. I haven’t dropped it, it hasn’t gotten wet, anything. And this isn’t just my 5s, I’ve tested on my iPhone 5 and the same problems arise. However, after trying the iOS 7.1 beta on my iPhone 5, it worked flawlessly. That is just one of many miscellaneous examples.
What am I gaining from my jailbreak? A few apps or tweaks that, when it comes down to it, I don’t need or, in some instances, don’t even use? I would rather sacrifice a little “freedom” and have a secure, up-to-date, less buggy device than one that is customized to no end and crashes a few times a day. I had gotten to the point where I just convinced myself it was what came with the territory, until that day I sat down and decided it shouldn’t be something I have to deal with.
What about you? Are you jailbroken? Do you really use everything you install? Or is most of it just fluff? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle, I’d love to hear what you have to say.