I had been running my iPad jailbroken for the last few months, ever since jailbreaking it in early May via the Spirit jailbreak. Two days ago I restored it to ‘stock’. I restored for a few reasons, but primary among them are:
— Jailbreak just wasn’t exciting me much on the iPad – as it’s just such a fast, smooth, powerful device right out of the box. Rapid app switching and WiFi sync were probably my two biggest reasons for trying the jailbreak out on the iPad, and nice as they are, there was very little beyond those in the jailbreak arena that interested me.
— As ‘the fall’ approaches, I have been hankering to have my iPad ‘clean’ and ready for the lovely iOS 4 update – which will give me Apple’s own rapid app switching solution plus folders – two things I am very eagerly awaiting of course.
For what it’s worth, here is the process I followed to get my iPad restored and ‘clean’ again:
— My starting point was with my iPad jailbroken (via Spirit) and still running iOS 3.2 – I had never updated to 3.2.1 because I was unsure of how that played out with maintaining the jailbreak.
— My first step was to grab all the images from my iPhone’s Camera Roll via an import with the Image Capture app on my MacBook.
— When connected to iTunes, I refused the update at first – and ran a full sync and even let it do a backup (though I was not planning to use it).
— Following the full sync, I then did a Restore and Update.
— Once the restore and update was finished, I set it up as a new iPad rather than using the backup – just to stick with the clean, fresh start sort of theme, and also because I know from past experience that restores from backups often cause issues.
The big downside of the whole restore process is the time spent doing it. Sync took ages, redoing basic system and app (sync stuff and similar) settings is a drag, and messing around with the clumsy organizing of apps and home screens is just plain painful (especially when you start with 11 screens worth of apps).
The upside is – as always – that I managed a nice bit of culling of apps I realized no longer deserve a place on any home screen, and I took a fresh look at what apps I want where and so forth. Once I was done and had all my settings and apps and screens – and had chosen some nice new wallpapers – it actually felt like a very pleasant spring clean, despite the fact it was done in the blazing heat of summer here in Texas.
The sideways / ironic side is that I may be heading in the opposite direction on my iPhone 4. So far I have run it stock, but I’m feeling tempted to jailbreak it again – but I may wait to see a new jailbreak that doesn’t rely on the soon-to-be-patched PDF security flaw.
Have you done any recent spring cleaning on your iPad? If so, please share your approach in the comments.