I have an iPhone 5, 64GB that is Jailbroken on iOS 6.1.2.
My decision to upgrade to iOS 7 comes from the only reason I Jailbreak is to remove the carrier name, remove Newsstand folder, and get BiteSMS, and iOS 7 adds so many new and great features that will overall enhance my iPhone.
I also suffer from the long-known “OTHER” Issue.
For those unfamiliar I’ll explain:
The Other Issue:
Plug your beloved iOS device into iTunes, and navigate to your device, so you can see how much space everything takes up.
For me, 10GB of my 64GB iPhone is “Other” which is very unfortunate. It is just unknown media/data/files, that seems to just be stuck there.
So for me, a large part of me /needs/ to upgrade to iOS 7 just to allow for more room for real media, such as music/photos/apps.
Before updating, I plug my iPhone in, upload all my photos from my iPhone’s cameraroll to iPhoto, and start the iPhone backup on iTunes.
I do use iCloud, and even pay for extra storage, but iTunes backup is always a good idea just for a precautionary measure. What if Apple’s servers are down conveniently when I want to restore? iCloud is more my insurance policy, and if I don’t need to use it, I would rather not.
This backup is taking quite a long time though. The first backup process hung up iTunes when it had maybe 2% more to complete.
The other reason I like to do iTunes backups on top of the iCloud backup is because I am jailbroken, who knows what ghost files are leftover from the jailbreak that could negatively effect either iTunes or iCloud backups.
I say this from experience of losing almost 4,000 photos on my iPhone.
While this backup continues, heres why I don’t need a jailbreak anymore:
The Decision to Remove the Jailbreak:
Deciding to remove the jailbreak was a hard one, and took a few days to really decide if thats what I want. I would consider jailbreaking a luxury, and its a luxury that with each major iOS revision, is less necessary than the last.
Back to the “beginning of time,” with iOS 1, Jailbreaking was the only way to install “Apps” on your iOS (iPhone OS as it was referred to “back then”).
iOS 2.0 brought the AppStore into the light, and from there Jailbreaking was still the only way to have your own backgrounds, and many simple customization options that make your iPhone, your iPhone, not the stock iPhone. Not only were apps introduced in 2.0, but by the 2.0 release (this feature was back from 1.1.3) apps weren’t even able to do that famous wiggle, move around, or delete. (In 1.1.3 it was just to remove webclips).
iOS 3, added MMS (could you imagine your iPhone without MMS today?)
iOS 4 added multitasking, folders, notification center, real notifications, and so much more.
iOS 5 and iOS 6 were mainly feature updates
iOS 7 is certainly the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone was introduced. Throughout the years iOS has seen many minor modifications over a long period of time. The icons would update now and then, the apps themselves would gain more features from time to time, but iOS 7 just packs it all in together.
My fear for people who have been using iOS Devices for years will update to iOS 7 and just feel hopeless in the fact that they may no longer “know how” to use their device.
There are so many new features for iOS 7, and I won’t go and state them here, but the “Mission Control” swipe from bottom feature is a gamechanger. Not only has all Flashlight apps become obsolete by Apple’s built in one, but quick toggles are no longer a reason to jailbreak.
Wow. All of that and my iTunes backup still isn’t finished….
Finally 20 minutes after that last sentence it finished.
As ANOTHER precaution I’m doing a last minute iCloud backup from my device, which thankfully only takes a few minutes..
Pressing that “Restore” button is potentially one of the most nerve-wracking procedure I have ever done, even though I’ve restored my device countless times.
Well everything after that sentence got deleted by the miracle of the internet, so I’ll just leave here saying it went by fast, and was super simple!