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Could I install Cydia and still go to iTunes for updates? I thought jailbreaking was so I could access T-Mobile, but now I realize it's more. But now I have
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    Default Can I install Cydia without jailbreaking?
    Could I install Cydia and still go to iTunes for updates?

    I thought jailbreaking was so I could access T-Mobile, but now I realize it's more. But now I have a phone that works with T-Mobile I just got an iPhone 5 (ME486LL/A (6.1.4), I am missing Springboard, Winterboard . . . Cydia.

    Can I install without jailbreaking?

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    Short version: no.

    Longer version: while you could technically finesse Cydia per se on to your device, it would not work like you wanted it to--at all.

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    You are joking right?

    Just in case you aren't. No you cannot install Cydia without jailbreaking. What firmware is your new phone on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    What firmware is your new phone on?
    I think you might have missed it :P

    Quote Originally Posted by phineasboggs View Post
    I just got an iPhone 5 (ME486LL/A (6.1.4)
    6.1.4 cannot be jailbroken at this time, and it probably won't be for quite some time. You cannot downgrade either, so you're stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
    I think you might have missed it :P


    6.1.4 cannot be jailbroken at this time, and it probably won't be for quite some time. You cannot downgrade either, so you're stuck.
    Whoops, ya, missed that. Thx.

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    Dang! They upgraded in an instant at the T-Mobile store. I guess I'm SOL

    I feel so limited by Apple, as if they just love to make things more difficult. And, I swear T-Mobile doesn't use Wifi even if it's available, if I don't have cellular data turned off. So, I dance.

    If I returned the phone in exchange for a 32G one (this is 16G) would they mail me one with 6.1.4.? And, if I jailbroke that, would I have to stay off iTunes?

    I wish Cydia features could be made into apps for iOS.

    Thanks guys!

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    It would most likely be on 6.1.4 too. I bought a 32G from T-Mo months ago and it had the latest firmware on it. I'm still using my 4s because of it.
    Why in the world would you have to stay off iTunes? Confused.

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    With my phones that were jailbroken, I couldn't connect my phone to iTunes. I didn't like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phineasboggs View Post
    With my phones that were jailbroken, I couldn't connect my phone to iTunes. I didn't like that.
    How come? It's OK to connect your iPhone to iTunes, you just can't update it.

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    HAH! I'll bet you're right--but I was afraid it would automatically update or read my iphone or do some damage. (If I remember correctly, connecting made my first iPhone into a doorstop) Haha. Guess I missed a lot with all those jailbroken phones.

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    Hi, if you were unfortunately forced to upgrade to iOS6.1.3 and loose your jailbreak, then there is a way to install at least some Cydia apps if you have a Developer licence. The apps have to be self contained, not depending on other Cydia files. Examples are Movie Box and Music Box.
    Some of these free .deb files can be downloaded from
    CydiaUpdates.net
    Purchased Cydia apps are not available here. You would have to install it through Cydia on another jailbroken device and then go to its Applications folder and zip the apps folder as per the link below
    ...convert the deb to an ipa...
    JailbreakErra: Turn Cydia applications from a .DEB to an .IPA
    Next add your iDevices UDID to your list of developer test devices on Apples website and create and install the resulting provisioning profile on your iDevice via email or using Xcode.
    Then you have to sign the ipa with your developer profile using instasign
    InstaSign :: uhelios
    And lastly, install the ipa using iTunes or Xcode.
    Last edited by DC_Dave; 11-20-2013 at 08:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC_Dave View Post
    Hi, if you were unfortunately forced to upgrade to iOS6.1.3 and loose your jailbreak, then there is a way to install at least some Cydia apps if you have a Developer licence. The apps have to be self contained, not depending on other Cydia files such as Movie Box, MxTube, Music Box and XBMC-iOS
    Some of these free .deb files can be downloaded from
    CydiaUpdates.net
    Purchased Cydia apps are not available here. You would have to install it through Cydia on another jailbroken device and then go to its Applications folder and zip the apps folder as per the link below
    ...convert the deb to an ipa...
    JailbreakErra: Turn Cydia applications from a .DEB to an .IPA
    Next add your iDevices UDID to your list of developer test devices on Apples website and create and install the resulting provisioning profile on your iDevice using Xcode.
    Then you have to sign the ipa with your developer profile using instasign
    InstaSign :: uhelios
    And lastly, install the ipa using iTunes or Xcode.
    it is true? unbelievable

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    Quote Originally Posted by jitwru View Post
    it is true? unbelievable
    He's correct, although you're not going to be able to install stuff that depends on a legitimate jailbreak (iFile, themes, SpringBoard tweaks, etc.). Remember though, you need to have the IPA signed with a developer profile, otherwise this won't work at all.

    If you are not a registered developer then things get harder. You can get UDID activation and Provisioning profiles from a third party source like @Uhelios at uhelios - Store/Donate or some other source found via google.com.

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    Yup, so pretty much everything awesome from a jailbreak is still a no no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Yup, so pretty much everything awesome from a jailbreak is still a no no.
    What about something like Pandora Downloader?

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    Well, at this point, there's nothing about iPhone 5 that impresses me, so I think I'll take it back and pay the $50 charge. No need to spend $630 for a phone that is a PITA!

    I need to upgrade my 3GS and my 4 with Cydia and am a bit afraid to do that, but that's for another thread. If I do that I'll have to avoid getting it up to the point of no return (6.1.12?)

    Thanks all for your help. I'll post some more questions on a new thread. Any help will be appreciated because I am tres nervous about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trj111 View Post
    What about something like Pandora Downloader?
    Nope. Pandora Downloader modifies the normal Pandora App's files, which it can't do without a jailbreak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
    Nope. Pandora Downloader modifies the normal Pandora App's files, which it can't do without a jailbreak.
    MusicBox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trj111 View Post
    MusicBox?
    Not sure. Never heard of it before, plus it's not on the default repositories.

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    Hi, these ones worked for me
    Movie Box, Music Box and AirServer.
    Last edited by DC_Dave; 11-20-2013 at 10:41 AM.

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