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Word that iOS7 had been jailbroken was welcome news in 2014. When I heard that the jailbreak included a store that distributed pirated wares, I stayed away.

When the jailbreak was updated to exclude that store, I took the plunge with three devices.

The first two were my own and someone else’s. Both jailbreaks went without a hitch. Interestingly, the other person wanted to jailbreak his device simply because he had seen me make direct screencast videos off my device.

But the third device bricked. It got stuck in the Apple logo reboot cycle. Worse still, the device was not recognized by iTunes so I could not restore it. Or so I thought.

After a quick search, I found something that worked.

Here is what to do should you attempt to jailbreak an iOS 7.0 to 7.0.4 iDevice and it gets stuck in a reboot cycle.

1) Start iTunes.
2) Connect the iDevice to the computer.
3) Hold down the power (top) and home (front facing) buttons for 10 seconds.
4) Release power button but keep pressing the home button.
5) iDevice will be recognized by iTunes.
6) Restore it.
7) Disable Location Services (Settings > Privacy > Location Services).
8) Jailbreak it again.
9) Refresh Cydia after it installs to get the latest essential updates.

The key to breaking the reboot cycle seems to be step 7.

Cydia may need to be refreshed because it may not have the latest updates. Without these updates, you cannot install some jailbreaks.

Then it is time to download some apps. Here are some of my favourites and some recommended by LifeHacker.

Today I present this topic at MobiLearn Asia 2013. Click on the image below for the Google Presentation.

This is a better tuned and rescripted (but still imperfect) version of the one I did at DESA 2013.

I am really just challenging assumptions and throwing a belief system out into the open to see if it attracts butterflies or wolves.

The day the iOS 6 jailbreak was available from evad3rs, I successfully jailbroke an iPhone 4, iPad 2 (3G), and an iPad mini.

The iPad mini, which was already on version 6 of the OS, provided the best jailbreak experience. The process took just a few minutes.

The iPhone and iPad were still in version 5 and had to be wiped, updated, reinstated, and then jailbroken. But all is good now.

The only bug I have noticed is that text shortcuts (e.g., for “omw” to become “on my way”) do not work on the iPhone even though they work on the iPads.

Why do I opt to jailbreak? I explained briefly here https://ashleytan.wordpress.com/jailbreak-apps/ but I thought I should elaborate.

I take ownership of my devices and what I do with them. That means customizing them to make them do what I want them to do.

  •  I want my default browser to be Chrome and my go-to map to be Google Maps.
  •  I want to be able to tether my phone any way I want in any country I travel to because I have bought the bandwidth and the data plan.
  •  I want to be able to toggle between multiple Apple store accounts. (I have more than one account because a few apps are not available in Singapore!)
  •  If there is something irritating or lacking in iOS, I want to remove that irritation or add some functionality.

I do not jailbreak to get paid apps for free. I want my device to work conveniently, efficiently, and effectively, so I jailbreak it.

The practice of jailbreaking got me thinking about how there is similar trend in education.

I think more people will want to “jailbreak” education because schools and universities are not responding fast enough. They want to customize their experiences and they want what works for them.

Learners might accept an initially one-size solution, but they will want to tweak it or transform it to their needs. If schools and universities are not prepared to help learners do this, there are stakeholders will find jailbreak solutions.

SwipeSelection is one of the reasons why I jailbreak my iPhone.


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I am not content to live with the affordances and limitations of my smartphone especially when I know that it can work smarter.

SwipeSelection is just one of those tools that make you wonder why Apple did not build this small set of affordances into the soft keyboard to make text entry and editing so much easier*.

I guess I am that way with educational technology too.

I appreciate how some enlightened folks can problem-seek and problem-solve with educational technology when teachers cannot. These mavericks effectively “jailbreak” schooling and education. They do so against the grain or occasionally against the rules.

But the larger community benefits in the long run just like the way iOS users benefitted when Apple incorporated many previously jailbreak-only features into its latest operating system.

*A caveat: The tool does not work with every app or text field. For example, it does not (yet) work with Evernote, or ironically, the text search in the Cydia app.


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