[Ask The Readers] Are You Ditching Your Jailbreak In Favor Of iOS 7?


Unless you’re a clueless happy-go-lucky Windows Phone user, you’ll know that iOS 7 is launching worldwide today. It’s undoubtedly one of the biggest upgrades in iOS’ history, if not the biggest one. Besides being a complete visual overhaul of every nook and cranny of the OS, it adds a bunch of welcomed new features such as an SBSettings-like Control Center, AirDrop, FaceTime Audio, and call blocking etc., while majorly revamping all built-in apps. You can learn about them all in our detailed iOS 7 coverage (in progress). The question now is, do you upgrade to get all these features, or do you stay on iOS 6 to retain your jailbreak access? In today’s poll, we briefly discuss the pros and cons of both before leaving the floor to you, our readers, to let us know of your thoughts.


If we were to ask this question a year ago, the circumstances would’ve been completely different. For some, iOS 6 felt more like a downgrade instead of an upgrade because of Apple Maps replacing Google Maps without a readily available alternative (it took Google Maps several months to make it to the App Store as a third-party app), multiple bugs related to battery life, and a general lack of novelty. I personally stayed on my jailbroken iOS 5.1.1 setup until the jailbreak for iOS 6 was released around 6.1.x.

This time around though, I know I will not hesitate to upgrade to iOS 7 the minute it becomes available, because it’s a huge upgrade in every imaginable way. iOS was starting to look old, and was severely lagging behind Android in some OS-level features; iOS 7 brings the platform back in that race.

iOS 7 felt oddly block-ey and repulsive at first when Apple previewed it at WWDC, but I have grown to like it over the past few months. My extreme dislike for over-simplified icons remains as strong as ever, but they feel like a minor issue when you see the monumental amount of work Apple has put into iOS 7’s visuals, overhauled systems apps, reworked multitasking (which is now closer to how Android does it), and Control Center, etc.

Part of what makes my decision of upgrading to iOS 7 easy is that I no longer feel the need to use many jailbreak tweaks that I used to rely on. The vast majority of my peeves with iOS were fixed in iOS 5, and iOS 7 is making things even better. SBSettings? Control Center in iOS 7 has got you covered. Syncing with iTunes wirelessly? We got that in iOS 5! Unlimited apps in folders? iOS 7 takes care of that. This is true for many other jailbreak tweaks and apps as well; the list goes on and on!

That’s it from my side. Now it’s your turn to tell us whether or not you are upgrading to iOS 7, and why. Just cast your vote, and sound off in the comments section below!

  • andyr354

    Why would you give up your jailbreak? I just don’t get it.

  • Flubber

    Since we can deactivate wifi and others option directly in ios 7, and it was my biggest concern. I buy my app, and other tweaks seems useless so i guess switching to ios 7 is a real question. The only thing that makes me hesitate, are the always buggy other files (every 4-5 months i got to delete some files who are keeped from old sms attachements that i deleted to recover 2-3 Gb).

  • ElectromagneticMelaniePulse

    Nope, though I probably will at the point where there’s an iOS 7 jailbreak. I’ve just gotten to used to being able to customize everything to give it up, especially since iOS 7 seems like a weak update except for controller support.

  • E-40c

    No no no. Activator? iFile? No replacement for those or the dozen or so other tweaks I rely on (many of which I purchased from the cydia store)

    The most appealing aspect of the update seems to be 64-bit app support, but that’s only useful for the 5s hardware… and still, I won’t be upgrading from my iPhone 5 or iPad for until an iOS 7 jb arrives. And I’m not crazy about the iOS 7 look, which means ill be seriously needing interface theming tweaks once the jailbreak finally does come around

  • link6155

    personally I don’t like the look of ios 7. Also there are many apps that can’t be replace or duplicated on the new update. Hopefully a jailbreak will come soon.

  • ashfrog

    No, because I can just wait a month or so and get the jailbroken version. No need.

  • rawnchi

    iPhone 4S ver 5.1.1 with associated jail breaks performs quite nicely. I will upgrade to iOS # appropriate, when I buy a new iPhone.

    But with the batteries,cases, tweaks I habe bought for the 4S I think I will stay with the last incarnation direct in respect of Steve!


    ‘ I no longer feel the need to use many jailbreak tweaks that I used to rely on’

    That line says it all. You needed to jailbreak to add features that either did not exist or could be improved. The same thing will happen will IOS 7, tweaks will come out to improve that as well.

    It seems that Android is in the lead and has been for years, Apple came out will a great product that WAS ahead of anything on the market, but is falling further behind every year.

    Now they are telling you that you don’t need NFC or a built-in QR code scanner or even WPS to easily connect to WiFi. RIGHT!!!