How to jailbreak your iPad – and what to do with it

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple’s iOS 4 enables multitasking and other new and useful features, but the iPad can’t join the party until this fall. If you jailbreak your iPad, however, you can multitask today–and that’s just the beginning,” Zack Stern reports for PC World.

“Your jailbroken iPad can run all kinds of third-party apps far beyond the selection in Apple’s App Store. Want to sync over Wi-Fi, connect a Bluetooth GPS or mouse, and browse the entire iPad file structure? Here’s how,” Stern reports. “Jailbreaking your iPad lets you install third-party utilities and applications. (That’s different from ‘unlocking,’ which allows you to use a device with a different phone carrier.) When jailbroken, the iPad becomes an actual computer in that you can tweak the interface and make modifications at the lowest levels. This is a double-edged sword: You could run unstable tools or even damage your device, although that’s highly unlikely. Remember that with your jailbroken iPad, Apple isn’t around to tell you what you can and can’t do with it–for better or for worse.”

Stern reports, “Fortunately, if you pay attention to what you’re doing, you can run the warranty-voiding process without incident–and if you change your mind later, you can return to Apple’s default, locked-down environment.”

Full article, which explains how to jailbreak your iPad, add multitasking, Bluetooth Mouse support, a file browser, GPS via Bluetooth, play classic games, tweak the interface, run iPhone apps full screen, and more here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


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