Slowly weaning myself off the jailbreak

I didn’t get around to posting it here but the features in iPhone OS 3.0 are totally worth ditching my jailbreak for. There are a lot of nice little things that I’ll miss, but nothing particularly critical.

With the update due out this week, I’ve been slowly removing my jailbreak apps. First to go was categories; while subfolders was kind of nice they were a little slow to load so I wound up just never using any of the apps in them. Whatever I’ve lost in compactness of app pages I’ll make up for in the new spotlight search.

To help this, I’ve removed a bunch of apps and games I didn’t need, and used iBlank when removing categories to force the games onto page 4 leaving blank space at the bottom of pages 2 and 3. The lack of clutter actually makes things easier to find, despite the extra page swiping necessary.

At the same time I uninstalled stack. It served a similar purpose to categories, but I only regularly used one (maybe two) of the apps. Again, spotlight will pretty easily replace what I was using this app for.

From there, the only serious apps left are SBSettings and my theme. I’m really going to miss my wood shelves background and fancy round icons, the defaults are so boring. However between the lack of background tasks running and the usual optimisation that apple put into their new OS releases, it’s going to feel like a brand new phone! šŸ˜€
(not as fast as the 3G S obviously, but still an improvement).

Once jailbreak is available for 3.0 – and given the 3.0-only updates I’ve seen to jailbreak apps it can’t be far away – I’ll probably do it again. The default settings app is just useless compared to SBSettings, and theming gives me a nicely personalised phone when everyone else can only customise their lock screen picture.

I don’t think I’ll install anything else beyond that though. Even if things like background scrobbling of tracks can’t be done in OS 3.0 without the background jailbreak daemon, who really cares when 99% of what I listen to on the phone is podcasts šŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “Slowly weaning myself off the jailbreak

  1. What’s the point of iBlank when (at least with the non-jail-broken iPhone) you can just drag the icon over to the right hand edge and it will create a new blank page for you even if the previous page isn’t full.

    Are you just hacking around your own hacks now? šŸ˜›

  2. I originally installed it because Stack doesn’t create an icon for itself, so I needed a blank icon to go underneath it and space the other 3 dock icons correctly.

    In this case, I didn’t want to drag 30+ icons to page 4/5/6 manually so I created enough blank icons that the first 3 pages were “full”. When I uninstalled categories all of the apps that had previously been hidden appeared on page 4 instead of starting at page 1 (the OS treats previously hidden apps as if they’ve just been installed).

    But no, I have no idea why the app was originally created. Even weirder is that there are two or three different apps that will do this nearly useless task of creating a blank app for you!

  3. Update: ahh *&%&*$. Apple screwed me.

    I’ve only done a full restore once, and I forgot that the iPhone doesn’t backup the pages where your apps were located. So I did all of that moving around for nothing šŸ˜¦

    Oh well, I’ve been using the phone enough recently that I can remember where everything was and next time I’ll remember to take screenshots of my pages. Still, recreating 7 pages of layout will suck (it’s 5.5 pages after a fresh install but I had them nicely spaced out).

    At least I can confirm one thing: the little bit of lag that I noticed after Jailbreaking is, after 6 months of usage, annoying. It really is almost like a new phone; I had forgotten that after you unlock the apps slide in. With background tasks running that was always a second of lag that essentially jumped from the unlock screen to the app screen with no animation.

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