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Tablet Tips: How to safely jailbreak and fully customize your iPad

by Seamus Bellamy

March 26 2012

Welcome to TabTimes Tips: Our weekly roundup of the best tablet related usage tips from around the web. This week, we'll explore how to jailbreak the first generation iPad running iOS 5.1 .

There are numerous reasons to jailbreak an iOS device, chief of which, in our opinion is to expand your tablet’s already very capable capabilities.

Ever wished that you could put as many apps into a single folder as you pleased? Want to lock your iPad with a secure pattern lock of the sort Android users currently enjoy? Perhaps you want to be able to use FaceTime over 3G? Jailbreaking your iPad can allow for all of this or more.

At this time, it’s not possible to jailbreak an A5 chip powered iOS 5.1 device such as iPad 2 or the iPhone 4S without having to connect them to a computer each and every time you have to reboot or turn the tablet or phone off. That said, the methodology for what is called an ‘untethered’ jailbreak for these devices is said to be drawing closer to release every day.

The first-generation iPad, on the other hand, is fair game. Over at Mac|Life.com, Cory Bohon walks us through the finer points of executing a jailbreak. The process is simple, safe for your device, and easy to follow. It’s the perfect use for a spare first-gen iPad.

Other useful tips from this week include:

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•  Methods for wrangling your contacts, email and calendars on the BlackBerry Playbook (Official BlackBerry blog)

•  20 Tips that every Windows 8 tablet user should know (Maximum PC)

Be sure to check back with us every week for more tablet tips, tricks and techniques.

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