Recently, Apple updated the Operating System of its devices (iPod touch, iPad and iPhone) from IOS version 4.3.3 to 4.3.4, and 10 days later, to version 4.3.5. Funny thing is, not a few people have refused to upgrade from 4.3.3.
The reason is simple.
IOS 4 would only be available for a few more weeks, to be replaced by IOS 5. So, really no point in wasting time and resources in upgrading. But more importantly, those in the jaibreak community have found it unwise wasting their time jailbreaking any other IOS 4 version for this same reason.
Apple continually updates its operating system,primarily, to get ahead of those that jailbreak its devices. By jailbreaking your device, you will be removing whatever restrictions Apple may have placed on these devices. You will be able to install apps that would enhance the features of your devices, more than Apple would want you to.
The largest collection of these jailbreak apps can be found at the Cydia Store. Some of these apps are quite revolutionary and are must-haves, while some were actually rejected by Apple for being below set quality standards.
Below is a list of recommended apps for the iPad available at the Cydia App Store;
1. Top on the list is Phoneitipad ($19.99), a revolutionary app that turns your regular 3G iPad device to a full fledged phone. Of course, the reason why this app never made it to the Apple app store is quite obvious, the app makes your iPad all what Apple never wants it to be. Did I mention that this app was developed by Africans? The app costs $19.99, payable via paypal and amazon payments, which is acceptable in Nigeria. The app also comes with a nice SMS application like the one on the iPhone. In summary, your iPad is now one big iPhone! I have used this app for over a month and I have no regrets.
2. With your iPad now acting as a phone, you may require some other apps to make this experience a more fulfilling one. SBSchedule ($3) is a premium add on to the free app, SBSetting. The app allows you to create ringtone profiles for your device. This is a must have for even iPhone users as Apple has not deemed it fit to include such a feature in any of its devices. iPhoneTool is a free alternative developed for iPhone but works well on the iPad.
3. Installous – This is the reason why most people probably jailbreak their phones, the lure for free apps. The app gives you access to a huge collection of cracked apps.
4. Appsync – This app allows you to sync all your ill-gotten apps with iTunes and Apple will be no wiser.
5. IOS 5 would be launching in a few months with a very much improved notification system, thanks to MobileNotifier, a jailbreak app. Apple actually employed the developer of this app, Peter Hajas, to work with its own team in incorporating this notification feature in IOS 5. A good alternative to this app is LockInfo.
6. MyWi 4.0 ($19.99) – You can easily share the Internet access on your iPad with your PC via USB, WIFI or Bluetooth with absolutely no need for any configuration on your PC. This is an extreme cost saving measure as you do not have to subscribe to a separate Internet plan for your PC. However, my experiences with Nigerian mobile Internet services is frustrating as browsing speed is extremely slow.
7. WIFI Sync ($9.99) – This app has made the use of a cable redundant in syncing your Apple devices with iTunes as syncing via WIFI is now possible. However, a separate installer is required to be installed on your PC.