The Third Device

A blog about the iPad.

To jailbreak or not to jailbreak?

That was fast!

If you want to jailbreak your iPad, the instructions are easily found on the web. As usual, jailbreaking brings with it a whole slew of risks:  warranty issues, erratic behavior, and even the possibility of rendering your shiny new tablet totally inoperable. Nice sushi platter you’ve got there.

However, the positives may or may not be worth it to you, depending on your needs. It would allow you to do things like better organize your home screen, or enable multitasking. Bear in mind, these are features that Apple has already announced for the next generation iPhone OS. But if you want to get them now – well, you can.

How would multitasking be useful? For one thing, it would allow you to run third party audio applications like NPR and Pandora in the background while you surf the web or read your emails. It would even allow you to carry on a Skype call in the background, and more importantly, leave Skype active to allow you to receive incoming calls.

Another interesting feature: the ability to run iPhone apps fullscreen on your iPad, without pixel doubling. This is very appealing, as pixel doubled apps on an iPad mostly just look awful, though surprisingly I find that games suffer the least from pixel doubling.

What do you think, folks? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Let me know. I’m still on the fence.


May 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. The only compelling thing for me is the non-pixel-doubling iPhone app. The rest can be done with the next OS, which will be released in a few weeks. 😀

    Comment by rom | May 4, 2010 | Reply

    • If i remember Jobs right, the iPhones will get the new OS first, with the iPads to follow sometime later this year.

      Comment by Vic | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. PdaNet or MyWi would also be useful apps for the 3G iPad. These apps would be the –only– reason for me to jailbreak an Apple mobile device.

    Hey Apple. Hey. Hey Apple.

    Comment by Anton | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Vic! Do it do it! Then i’ll go and visit you to check it out 😛

    Comment by Aids | May 18, 2010 | Reply

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