Since 10.9 Mavericks went to Gold Master status last week, there's been a plethora of sites running instructions on how to make a bootable USB (or HD) installer. All of them have the same basic instructions. And all of them have chosen the difficult way - making all files visible, dragging items to the desktop, etc.
None of this is required. The following is the easy way of creating a bootable copy of the installer.
Firstly, make sure there's a copy of Install OS X Mavericks sitting in your Applications folder. Grab an 8GB flash drive and make sure it's partitioned as GUID and formated as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Call it Untitled (for example).
Next, simply open a terminal and paste the following command (followed by enter) ..
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction
The installation also looks as though it's stalled on 2 minutes. Don't panic - the install can take up to an hour.
Top 5 Reasons NOT to jailbreak.
Your device May Lose Stability
Jailbreaking is a hack and there are unexpected things that could happen because of that. It’s possible, after jailbreaking your device and installing applications via Cydia – the unofficial App Store, your device may become buggy and slow.
It may even crash.
Now, for power users and those willing to troubleshoot, this probably won’t be too much of an issue. However, for the average person, it can and probably will become a headache.
For many of you, having a stable iPhone / iPad will be more of a priority then having a customized one.
Updating Is a Pain
While the stability issue might not be one that affects everyone that jailbreaks, the pain in the rear end known as updating your jailbroken phone does. If you’re the kind of person that wants the latest and greatest software right off the bat, jailbreaking might not be fore you.
When Apple releases an update, you will have to wait for the devs to either release a patch or a new jailbreak for your iPhone. When it comes to smaller iOS updates, it’s usually a fast process.
However, when it comes to larger updates like iOS 6.1 it takes awhile. So, if you’re the impatient type, keep this in mind.
And once you get the update, your headache might remain as you’ll need to re-install the jailbreak and all of the apps that you downloaded from Cydia. There are definitely tools out there that can help you restore, but it’s still going to take some time.
In other words, it’s not the seamless process you might expect from an official update.
Factory Resets Aren’t Fun
Loss of Genius Bar Support
If you run into a problem with your device, you might decide to take it to the Genius Bar in an Apple retail location. Well, if you’ve jailbroken your phone, chances are, the Genius will refuse to help you.
Suggestion: Don’t mention that your phone is jailbroken.
You can also un-jailbreak your phone but if you find yourself bringing it in on a semi-regular basis, you’re going to start getting annoyed with doing that over and over again.
A factory reset will work as well but that will wipe everything from your phone.
Loss of Warranty
Back in 2012, jailbreaking your iPhone became a legal thing to do. Seriously, this was illegal at one point. But just because it’s not legal doesn’t change the fact that it will void your warranty with Apple.
So if your device starts acting up, even it has nothing to do with the jailbreak, you more than likely won’t get the support that you need to get the issue fixed.
That means that you’ll have to factory reset.
Again, lots of fun.
So yes, it’s possible to avoid both of these, but for many of you it won’t be worth the hassle. Now that you know some of the risks involved with jailbreaking, you can make an informed decision.
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