Cydia Creator Explains Why You Should Jailbreak the iPhone

By , Apr 29, 2011

Why should you jailbreak the iPhone? That’s a question that gets asked here at iDB all the time. If you consider yourself a jailbreak expert, you’ve most likely been asked the same question once or twice.

There’s perhaps no one man more qualified to answer that question than Jay Freeman, a.k.a. “saurik.” Saurik created Cydia- the hub of the jailbreak world. He is the man responsible for what the jailbreak community has become today.

At the Mobile Connections conference, Robert Scoble caught up with saurik and Cydia’s “Community and User Experience” manager for a short talk about jailbreaking.

Saurik gave a brief explanation of what jailbreaking allows you to do on the iPhone, and he also talked about Cydia and some of his favorite tweaks from the Cydia store.

Some of the tweaks/apps that saurik and Brenda mentioned:

As noted in the interview, saurik recommends the RedSn0w jailbreak tool. Check out our RedSn0w tutorial to learn how to jailbreak your iPhone.

When Scoble first asked saurik why you should jailbreak, saurik said that it gives you,”the freedom to do things that are outside of the scope of an application.”

How would you answer someone if they asked you why to jailbreak? What tweaks or apps would you show off?

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  • PhittyPois0n

    BiteSMS!!!

    • Hotty

      aman to that and tetherme :)

  • Smoke

    I think Saurik hittin dat

  • matadorQ8y

    1- sbsetting
    2- safari download manager
    3- attachment saver
    4- pwntunes
    4- fakeclockup
    5-unlimtones
    6- multicleaner
    7- switcher plus
    8- installous
    9- cydelete
    10- recent/callLog delete
    11- iFile
    12- yourTube
    13- askToCall
    11-

  • babeh

    Hi, Saurik charge your phone soon, its draining 13% and please open your email, you got 486 spam email there.

    This message is sent from (845) 664-3167

    • Albion

      Not spam e-mai…… I would be proud of my self if i had 400+ hundred of emails and be one of the fewest out there that all the e-mail that i recive, need something from me, instead of selling me something…

  • James

    AwesOme!

  • http://callingallgeeks.org Droidsid

    All hail Jay Freeman!! :D
    I personally believe that people buy an iPhone to jailbreak it!! ;)

    • mripod64

      I know I do ;)

      • JimmyK

        Mee too :-)

  • Pn2bade

    The other thing he demonstrated was gravboard where if you shake your phone your icons will go all over the place.

    Thanks Jay for making my iPhone so much better!

  • c0edx

    Here is what i have installed:
    -Barrel
    -SBSettings (Serious theme)
    -qTweeter
    -LockInfo
    -Color Keyboard
    -WinterBoard

    Wow its cool to see Jay Freeman in a video for the first time “for me”. This guy is amazing what this person did. This is a person that is dedicated to the Jailbreak community, he always gets it done.
    Let talk about the Chronic-Dev, I think they are selfish basterds. Comex teased us with a iPad 2 Jailbreak and never released it. Just recently some random person did the same and everyone gave him hell. My point being is that we need Dev’s like Jay “Saurik” Freeman I wish he made jailbreaks.

  • Ives

    If no jailbreak I might go with nokia, samsung or bb. Jailbreak is the only reason I bought iPhone.

  • Drs

    What is that tweak he has for switching pages?

    • Carter

      Barrell

  • http://www.tipb.com Jason Masters

    Sauriks nails creep me out I’m gonna go to myfest and bring nailclippers and cut them badboys !!!

  • ByteNapple

    Another reason to jailbreak iphone is iTelePad2Pod. Out of curiosity I tried it out on an iphone app (not an ipad app) on my mac to see if it would install it on my iphone through terminal (without the need to manually ssh into my iphone). It worked perfectly. I can now install any iphone apps on my Mac using iTelePad2Pod.

  • BLiNK

    why should i jailbreak my iPhone?? … why not?

  • axel Macintosh

    amazing cool app = Installous

  • Ryan

    when Jay touches anything on his phone theres a white dot where he touches whats that called?

    • Burk

      Dude, don’t be lazy next time. A quick google (iphone white dot cydia) would have revealed the answer (ProTapper).

  • Weldon

    VIDEO KILLED DUE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGE

  • Peter Jansen

    Anyone knows whose or which copyright was infringed, so utube has removed it? Jailbreaking is not an infringment, so why is talking about it????

  • Basurto

    YouTube has removed the video!

  • nomadbigcheese

    Mate, for fecks sake get some grooming products in your life. I appreciate all the smart things you help me with on the IPhone so I’m going to help you out too. Get a haircut, proper one, not a comb over.Have a shave, you could keep a mexican moustache if you want to keep fungus on your face. Have a good bath and cut your nails. Much better, you just need to get shot of all the knitwear and pens etc that you have on lanyards and your set to join the real world with real interactions. Slowly at first, try to talk to a girl other than your Mum. I think I’ll call this Saurik Jailbreak V1.0. I’ll be adding some minor tweaks over the coming days, do your own clothes shopping or have a conversation without sounding like comic book guy.

  • sadiq

    i love you jay freeman you are the man
    please come up with a jailbreak for 4.3.2 i want to see the face on the mac people.

  • TheangryMisFiT

    Jailbreaking, in general cuts the chains that binds us to the corperate $hitheads that wish to control us like cattle. For anyone worried about being tracked, install locationd blocker via cydia. You must add http://cydia.pushfix.info/, please do it for your constitutional right to the fourth amendment!