While the iPhone and the iPad are fantastic devices they can’t do everything, partly because of the architecture and partly because Apple is quite strict on what they allow us to do. One of the things you can’t do with an iPhone or iPad in its stock format is to play your favorite games from Gameboy Advance but that changed with jailbreaking. Several emulators appeared in Cydia that allowed us to do just that and then one made its way into the iOS app store, GBA4iOS. Although it isn’t in the app store anymore, you can still use this emulator.
Music streaming is a big thing now, with more and more people using apps like Spotify every day. In fact, with more than 1oo million users every month, Spotify is the most popular app of it’s kind and mover half of those users pay to get the premium features of the app. The free version is somewhat limited to what can be downloaded, no streaming, and is ad-supported but the cost of $9.99 per month is just too much for some people to pay.
Snapchat is one of the more popular of all the social media apps and most users will be happy to learn that there is now an app called Snapchat++. This is a modified version of the stock app and includes a few extra features that you won’t find in Snapchat. Normally you would need to jailbreak to get these features but now you can download Snapchat++ without having to download Cydia first.
We all know that to install modifications and tweaked apps to our iOS devices, we first need to install a jailbreak. These days though, there are few jailbreaks available and of those that we have got, only limited numbers of users can install them. This has led to several app installers being released so that we can install some of these apps, app installers like AirShou, TweakBox, vShare, Emus4U and many more. While these installers have made life easier for us, there is one issue that has risen its head, any app that is installed through them will expire after 7 days, and every 7 days thereafter. This means we have to regularly reactivate these apps so that we can continue to use them.
Jailbreaks used to be in abundance and we used to be able to install them and other third-party apps straight to our iOS devices without any hassle. Not anymore it seems. Now we need to use Cydia Impactor or TutuApp app installer to get these apps and jailbreaks themselves are at a real premium right now. Most of the apps that we want to install on our devices are not to be found in the iOS app store and are not signed by Apple; using a third-party installer is the only way to get them signed but this, as many users will already know, comes with its own set of problems.
Game playing on mobile devices has grown in popularity significantly over the years and much of that is down to the quality of the devices we are playing on. We get bigger phones and better tablets, we get fantastic screen quality and far better graphics than ever before. The problem with many games today is that they either need you to play real money if you want to progress or they just get too hard to play.
Just recently, jailbreaking has been a little poor with few utilities that can be used by everyone. Add to that the fact that Apple restricts the content that can go in the iOS app store and some users are left wondering how to get their hands on the apps and other content they used to get from Cydia. With FtOS, there is no need to worry any longer.
In the last few months, releases of app installers have overtaken jailbreak utilities, with new ones being pushed out on a frequent basis. Jailbreak utilities have been sorely lacking with few that all of us can use is released. The app installers have stepped in to try and take over from Cydia, to provide us with some of what we are missing without a jailbreak. Sadly, most of them simply don’t offer enough to be competitive, preferring to concentrate on paid content for free rather than tweaks that we can use to customize our devices.