Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by 15weedm, Mar 1, 2010.
What r the cons or risks in jailbreaking a 3rd generation iPod with 8gb
none as long as you know what you are doing
Too much awesome.
too little cons
Let's sum this up, although the answers have already been given in the "iPod Touch 3G: Info for Newbies" thread at the top of the forum, which is stickied for a reason.
1) Jailbreak undoes the locks on the file system, allowing full access to the iPhone OS, and all its storage areas. It also allows third-party programs not from the App Store to run, as well as enabling the customization of the iPod through things like themes, additional toggles/software tweaks (like SBSettings allowing instant-access to system settings), as well as the ability to directly upload items to any part of the iPod.
2) You aren't limited to the App Store for software. Due to the limitations the App Store puts on software, there are quite a few things which can't be done on the iPod without jailbreaking (file management, replacement of system services to allow direct file transfer via Bluetooth, changing the way the SpringBoard and Dock work or replacing them entirely through Iconoclasm, Infinidock, Stack, etc).
3) The cons of jailbreaking on the 3G are significant as well: you can't reset the iPod without losing all access to the iPod, and battery consumption may increase depending on the software installed and running. There may also be stability issues, depending on the software installed. Support for the iPod from Apple ends where the jailbreak begins - any issues the iPod suffers, should the tech be told it's jailbroken are immediately blamed on the JB even if the issue is clearly hardware (like a cracked screen). Also, you lose the ability to update software easily if you want to keep the jailbroken status, which can become significant as newer App Store programs can have specific version-locks to keep them from being installed on an iPod with a lower firmware version.
Look at what you're doing with the iPod and what you intend to do with it before jailbreaking. Look also at your level of technical expertise and comfort level with troubleshooting software issues. If you want something that works without any effort or thought, you may want to avoid jailbreaking. If you want a greater degree of control over how the iPod does things, or looks, or what can be run on it and are comfortable with fixing your own issues should they arise, then you may give jailbreaking a look.
theres stickies for these questions you know
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