Great Applications after Unlocking

Getting an iPhone 5 usually comes with the tough decision of whether to have your phone jailbroken or not. A lot of people worry about the safety and legality of the process, and the disadvantages come with having a jailbroken phone. Since the process allows you to go beyond the restrictions Apple has set in place, there would be some security issues that would require a lot more precaution on your part.

Aside from this, there is not too much to think about except for the benefits that come with having your phone jailbroken. The process is legal, and only takes a few minutes of your time to complete. And the best part is, you get to enjoy these apps that are not available through the AppStore:


Dreamboard allows you to customize your themes, offering a wider variety of choices and leaving more room for creativity among Apple users. Although some of the themes featured within the app have the tendency to be a bit heavy on battery usage, it allows you to explore more options as far as customization is concerned. It even comes preloaded with Endroid, in case you enjoy your Apple features but also like the Android design.

Intelliscreen X

A normal locked screen basically leaves very little functionality, unless you choose to unlock your screen again. Intelliscreen X does something about this, as it lets you view and access your messages, keep tabs on your Facebook and Twitter account, and do a lot more with other applications, while your screen is locked and protected. This makes it hassle-free to keep track of important updates that you don’t want to miss.


CameraTweak is perfect for those who want to maximize the use of their iPhone’s camera. It adds a lot of other options that would make your pictures seem like they were taken by a professional. With a timer function, exposure and focus settings, white balance adjustment, and a whole lot more, it lets you take pictures through different conditions and circumstances.

Dashboard X 2.0

Having widgets on your home screen is now possible through Dashboard X 2.0. You now have easier access to your music player, clocks, calendars, and weather information, plus a few more. With widgets installed right onto your home screen, you have better and bigger options as far as customizing accessibility to certain features and functions is concerned.

PKG Backup

Making the mistake of receiving an update from Apple could spell doom for a jailbroken phone, as this usually means having to reinstall everything that you have since you had your iPhone 5 jailbroken. PKG Backup solves this problem for you. It instantly backs up third party apps you downloaded and installed through Cydia. This means bringing them back after a much needed update is now a piece of cake.

With these awesome apps available for jailbroken iPhone 5, there is no doubt that the benefits of jailbreaking your phone are enormous. With Cydia, the equivalent of the AppStore on a jailbroken phone, you now have complete control over your phone and each of its functions.

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Apple’s Latest Move: Unlocked iPhone 5 for Sale!

Initially released with the strictest of limitations for Smartphones, iPhone was designed and marketed by Apple Inc in line with the latest mobile technology. However, due to the demand of getting the full ownership of the device, such as the ability to install apps or choosing their preferred network provider, iPhone users resulted to jailbreaking and unlocking their iPhones.

Jailbreaking allows iPhone users to download apps, extensions, and themes which are not available in App Store. The process of jailbreaking permits root access thereby effectively removing the limitations that Apple placed in its iOS. On the other hand, Unlocking is the procedure in making the iPhone available and run using other service providers’ network. Remember, iPhone is tied up with AT&T when it was first released mainly due to the collaboration they have had with the creation of the device.

In response to the growing number of jailbroken and unlocked iPhones and to have the marketability of iPhone reach more people; Apple released their own unlocked iPhone. With iPhone 5, U.S. consumers now have more options to choose from.

Aside from the initial service provider AT&T, Sprint and Verizon now also offers contract deals which is readily available for consumers. With a starting price of $199 for 16-GB, $299 for 32-GB, and 64-GB for 399, the iPhone 5 comes with Black & Slate and White & Silver colors. Consumers also have an option to get unlocked 16-GB ($649), 32-GB ($749) or 64-GB ($849) storage capacity which arrives with a pre-installed T-Mobile SIM but with no contract, or a totally SIM-free iPhone.

This iPhone, though, can only run on a GSM-compatible SIM card and will not work on a CDMA network even when used internationally. Apple guarantees that an unlocked iPhones still has all the features of a regular iPhone without a contract deal from any service provider.

With the new iPhone, you can keep your current phone number from your current service provider provided they run on a GSM network. You will also be asked to upgrade to a package that includes data plan for better optimization and performance, and be able to fully utilize the iPhone 5’s features. If a consumer already has an existing contract with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile, they may be eligible for a price discount by going through eligibility checker with their respective service provider.

Also, by purchasing iPhone from Apple Stores, it guarantees consumers a 90-day free telephone technical support including a one-year warranty. An Apple-unlocked iPhone can also avail extension for technical support and repair coverage for two years with AppleCare+.

If a consumer wishes to purchase an iPhone thru Apple Online Store, it may take up to 24 hours for them to receive the phone. For iPhones that comes with wireless service plan either from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, just follow the on-screen process to complete the setup once the phone is turned on.

For the iPhone that comes with a T-Mobile SIM, the customer needs to contact T-Mobile or visit an Apple Retail Store for assistance in activating the iPhone. Or they may readily choose to visit an Apple Retail Store nearby and get the iPhone in just a couple of minutes, already activated. For SIM-free iPhones, a customer needs to contact the service provider of their choice for activation assistance.

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Details you need to know in Jailbreaking an iPhone 5

You can unlock your iPhone 5 after you have successfully jailbroken it. What’s even better is that there are jailbreaking tools that you can use in unlocking your device. In the process, there are some things that you need to keep in mind in order to do it right. There are even times that you will need to downgrade your firmware just to carry on the process of unlocking.

After unlocking your iDevice, you can already subscribe to the network provider of your preference, which ultimately suits your needs. People who travel abroad commonly love this option since they can use a local network of that country. Also, even if you are just staying in your own country, when your phone is jailbroken and unlocked, you may choose not to subscribe with the official network provider of your iDevice. Commonly, these official network providers charge more and if your iPhone 5 is not unlocked, you will have no choice but to use their services.

Also, in jailbreaking, it is always advised that you choose the untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5. This is because the tethered jailbreak always requires connection to a laptop or a PC and this is additional hassle when you are on travel. Tethered jailbreak needs your iphone to be connected to a computer every time that it needs to reboot. Before downloading a jailbreak, tool make sure that you are getting the untethered version.

Also, you should know that when you jailbreak, you are literally tampering with the device hardware. The tools for jailbreaking are software solutions that are highly capable of jailbreaking your iPhone 5 in just a matter of few minutes. You don’t need to know everything about an iOS firmware in performing the process. A good jailbreaking tool usually comes with step by step and clear instructions. All you need to do is to simply follow them as you progress with the process.

In addition, jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone 5 allows you to personalize your device. After the process is complete, you can immediately download, install, and use hundreds of wallpapers and themes that are not commonly available at the Apple App Store.

There is no need for you to be worried about your iPhone 5’s safety. This is because reliable software will help you complete the entire process safely. Although you have an option of not unlocking your iPhone after successfully jailbreaking it, it is advised that you do. With the process, you are freeing your iDevice from all the restrictions with regards to its usage as set by its manufacturer and the network provider.

Thus, in spite of the strong opposition of Apple regarding the practice of unlocking and jailbreaking your iDevice, it is advised that you do, so that you will be able to experience the optimum potential of your iPhone 5.

Jailbreaking an iPhone only requires a few easy steps. However, it is important that you find the best jailbreaking tool for that. Online, you can find several websites that sells effective tools for jailbreaking. Before making a purchase, it is important that you make sure that the software is reliable and compatible with your device. These tools do not usually come with a team that you can call for support when things go wrong. So it is best for you to conduct a research and ask reliable people so that you’ll only enjoy the result and never regret anything in the process.

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Top Complaints against the iPhone 5

After the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, there are lots of negative reviews and feedback that have been reported. The reason behind the unfavorable reviews is the redesign of the entire phone; from hardware to software. Most users considered this as a breakaway from the ‘old fashioned’ iPhone going into the next generation of Apple devices, a totally new line of iDevices.

However, there are no signs of Apple intending to address these issues. A sign that old iDevices are nearing is ‘phase out’ stage, from which the highest percentage of complaints came from. The question: what would happen to older but still in good working condition iPhones?

While it seems that iPhone 5 has been made easier to repair than its predecessors and the battery life doubled, a hardware issue being complained about is the incompatibility of the new charger to be used on an older device.

Since 2003, Apple devices were using the 30-pin Apple Dock connector. The new charger called Apple Lightning connector only works on newer Apple iDevices, such as the 5th generation iPod Touch, the 7th generation iPod Nano, 4th generation iPad, and iPad Mini. Apple defended its move by saying that the new charger is smaller compared to the 30-pin Apple Dock connector. Describing the new charger as having eight duplicate pins on two sides of the plug with digital signal that can be inserted both ways.

Many iPhone users believe this move is about keeping Apple’s legacy of making a new technology and phasing it out after some time, just to introduce a new set of technology. A technological cycle religiously followed by Apple fanatics.

Another issue arising with iPhone 5 is the new app that replaced Google Maps with the release of iOS 6: Maps. The latest mapping application developed by Apple was developed using vectors, thereby eliminating lags for smoother zooming. However, many outraged users reported that they received incorrect directions, landmarks were tagged incorrectly, and poor satellite images. And when Apple apologized for the Maps app problems, the only solution provided was to check with other sites and/or apps that offer mapping services. No immediate update or bug fix was released to resolve the said issue.

Another complaint that arises with iPhone 5 is the quality of photos it produces, which seem to have a bit of purple discoloration. Some iPhone users took notice that this is not as severe as the discoloration in iPhone 4S. Apple responded to these allegations that it is but normal for these ‘effect’ advising not to take pictures on areas directly affected by bright lights. This was supported by studies on different phone’s camera. It was reported that digital cameras on phones suffer from what they called ‘lens flare’ producing a purple effect on images.

Other allegation from iPhone owners is the coating. It is rapidly diminishing showing what’s underneath it, which is aluminum. Apple contested that the accidental removal of coating on aluminum is normal. Some iPhone users with white phone models also reported light-like leaking from behind the screen. Although Apple did not release any statement answering this allegation, many iDevice users noticed that this is also present on all previous Apple devices

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A5 Chip for iDevices

How powerful one’s device is depends on the processor it came up with. With smaller and better chipsets made for new gadgets these days, it’s no wonder our devices now come handy, faster and much better, and 7keeps getting better as days go by. Apple TV 3 and other same generation iDevices were released powered by system-on-a-chip processor called A5 that was designed by Apple Inc. and manufactured by Samsung, replacing the older A4. Aside from Apple TV 3, it is also installed on iDevices iPhone 4S, the fifth generation iPod Touch, the iPad mini, and iPad 2 tablet, of which it first came out with.

A5 chip processor has a listed clock between 800 MHz (iPhone 4S) to 1 GHz (iPad 2) and so advanced that it includes Image Signal Processor (ISP) unit for advanced image post-processing for features and functions such as white balance, face detection, and automatic image stabilization. It also includes a unit from Audience call earSmart for noise canceling process. Apple boasts that the CPU speed of A5 is twice as powerful and its Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is up to seven times more powerful that A4.

The A5 chip processor was released in three different stages all made to fit the iDevice it is attached with: (1) the S5L8940 (45 nanometer version), (2) the S5L8942, also called A5R2 (32 nanometer version) and (3) the S5L8947 (32 nanometer single-core version). A newer version, which is not considered as part of the original family, the Apple A5X has a wider memory subsystem and four graphic cores which were only made available in the third generation iPad.

Let us check and compare each A5 chips:

A5 (S5L8940)

This is the first version of A5 chip that Apple incorporated on iPad 2 and later on, the iPhone 4S. It consists 45 nanometer manufacturing process which has 122.2 sq mm of die area and comes with the Package on Package (PoP). The A5 also comes with a 512 MB stacked RAM.

A5R2 (S5L8942)

Released in March of 2012, the third generation Apple TV, the iPod Touch fifth generation, the iPad mini and the revised iPad 2 received the second version of the A5 chip. The chip feature a 32 nanometer fabrication process which has 69.6 sq mm of die area making it about 40 % smaller than the first release. Among the iDevices who received this chip, only the Apple TV 3 has its one core disabled. Similar to the first version, it has 512 MB stacked RAM as part of the package and comes with a Package on Package (PoP).

A5 (S5L8947)

Exactly one year later, Apple released the third generation Apple TV which comes with a much smaller, single-core version A5 processor. Although it is still on a 32 nm fabrication process, it only has an area of 6.1 × 6.2 mm. And unlike its predecessors, A5 chip does not have any stacked RAM included in the package.

As you might have noticed, the hardware of Apple iDevices seems to become smaller and smaller every time a new version is released. This is to see to it that newer iDevices are comparatively easy to use, handy, and much more – powerful.

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Choosing the Best iPhone 5 Package from Apple Store

Finally, Apple has already decided to join the fray and sell unlocked iPhones. They are currently selling the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, both unlocked and locked with a 2-year package deal. Let’s talk about iPhone 5.

There are two options when buying iPhone5. The first option came with a monthly contract spanning two years – $199 for a 16GB storage capacity, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB storage capacity. If you decided to purchase an unlocked iPhone, a 16GB storage capacity iPhone costs 16GB $649, $749 for the 32GB while $849 for the 64GB.

A person who would like to get an iPhone 5 that comes with a contract can choose between AT&T, Sprint and Verizon – the same goes for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. If you decide to get iPhones with a contract with these three network giants, take note that these are not unlocked phones; they are tied to the network carrier of your choice. But do not worry – once you decided to have the iPhone unlocked and transfer to another network carrier, your current network carrier is not bound to retain you on their fold. However, there is a corresponding pre-termination fee before one is able to move.

Other mobile service providers also offer unlock service once a customer decides to avail their service. And depending on their current offer, some offers free unlock while others collect certain fees.

But who’s cheaper in the long run?

Others think that by getting an iPhone that includes a contract is much cheaper. Well, think again. This offer is only cheap during the initial purchase which really helps people decide to choose this option simply because the price of an unlocked iPhone is really high compared to offers made by network carriers. But in the long run, accumulated monthly fee plus hidden charges plus other surcharges – can go much higher. These are the fees that make one decide to transfer to a different network provider.

Take a look at the package that AT&T offers. Without mentioning specific features and the amount corresponding to it as prices might vary depending on the terms of the contract, current and existing promotions, AT&T offers limited data usage on iPhone contracts and an additional fee will be incurred if you decided to maximize iPhone’s usability. As we all know, most of iPhone’s features are Internet-based, therefore almost everything you do is charged under AT&T.

And there are actually two good reasons why iPhone users change carriers: other network carriers offer cheaper phone packages, and it is much cheaper and easier to use when you need to go overseas.

There is no good reason why it is suggested to use iPhones in the U.S. under GSM network coverage only, but then when one travels to another country, they can easily avail services of local network carrier that runs with a CDMA technology. Thus, iPhone users in the U.S., once they decided to have their phones unlocked, also should be able to get the services of network providers running under CDMA.

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Customer-Initiated Unlock Still a Lot Better

With the release of Apple’s own version of unlocked iPhone 5, Apple intends to offer an alternative option for customers to transfer from one network carrier to another without having to jailbreak the phone. This is in response to iPhone owners’ clamor of making the transfer easier, which is why Apple started selling their unlocked version of iPhone in November of last year. Apparently, it seems that only a few people took the bait. Let’s see why only a few took the risks.

Limited Network Carrier

Currently, there are three unlocked iPhones available in Apple Store, the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Apple retained the contract-iPhone with three carriers namely AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. For the iPhone 5, the price starts at $199 to as much as $399, depending on the size of the storage capacity one will choose. A contract-free iPhone 5 costs $649 for the 16GB with an increment of $100 for the next higher capacity, $749 for 32GB and $849 for 64GB. This contract-free iPhone may either be shipped with a T-Mobile SIM card or completely SIM-free, which means that you totally own the decision in choosing the right network carrier for you.

If you choose to have a SIM-free iPhone 5, or an unlocked phone that can be readily used with a chosen network carrier, same with a customer-initiated unlocking, it can only work on GSM networks, not CDMA. And there are only a handful of carriers that offer GSM technology. Much more if you travel outside U.S. as only few offers GSM-based services. Unlike a customer-unlocked iPhone 5, you are assured to get service, whether the area you will visit offers CDMA or GSM technology.

Some people who would like to save money will try to tweak things a bit by purchasing a contract iPhone with either of the three network carriers. Afterwards, they will request to terminate their contract and pay the Early Termination Fee. Once they are free, they proceed to have the iPhone unlocked either thru some service center that offer lower fees or download a jailbreak tool with unlocking ability. This is a proven way to save money in buying an iPhone, and be able to personally choose the network provider.

Other people try to do it this way but opted to have it legally unlocked – meaning going to the legal process of unlocking thru an Apple-certified service center without jailbreaking the phone. Other network providers that offer data plan for iPhones also offer unlocking services; however, more often than not, they charge fees for this process.

Cydia vs. App Store

By unlocking iPhone thru jailbreak, users are able to access Cydia, which offers more apps, more themes and more extensions that cannot be found in App Store. For those who are new to jailbreaking, Cydia is the alternate market to download apps, themes and extensions once you have jailbroken your iPhone. Some of the apps found in Cydia did not pass the criteria of Apple so they looked for other venues to reach iPhone users. You can still retain access to App Store, yet you cannot access Cydia if you do not have a jailbroken iPhone.

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