I had been running my iPad 2 jailbroken for the last few weeks, since soon after the first jailbreak for it became available. Last night I restored it to stock and iOS 4.3.5.
I’ve been jailbreaking my iOS devices since way back in the 1.x days of the iPhone OS, but on the iPad in particular I’ve just found myself with less and less temptation to jailbreak. Partly because I find the iPad to be a near-perfect mobile device, partly because iOS has continued to improve and add superb new features, and partly due to the fact that I find fewer and fewer jailbreak apps and tweaks that appeal to me for the iPad.
This most recent time round with the iPad 2 jailbroken I installed a couple old favorites and browsed around for more. I tried out a few new and featured apps and tweaks, but honestly nothing really grabbed me. I still absolutely believe that jailbreak is useful and that the jailbreak community is doing great things – often things that later cross over to iOS and the App Store.
And I know that there are lots of jailbreakers out there who can still reel off 101 reasons why jailbreak is still fantastic for them – and I have no argument against their reasons. I’ve simply realized that right now I don’t have anywhere near enough reasons to make it worthwhile to me.
I am happy to sacrifice the small handful of jailbreak apps and tweaks I still enjoy for the marginally smoother, more stable experience on a stock iPad. And I’m looking forward to iOS 5 and all its slick new features – which I’m sure will leave me with even less desire to jailbreak, at least for a time.
Am I swearing off jailbreak for my iPads for good? Not at all. I’ve swapped back and forth between stock and jailbroken over the years and I expect I’ll continue to do that.
For those of you have recently jailbroken your iPad 2, how are you liking it? What are some of your biggest reasons for jailbreaking your iPad?