iOS 6.1b5 now available
I'm just gonna be frank and honest in this statement: I haven't relied on Apple for "features", especially any "innovative" ones in many years...
I think the point where I lost that last shred of faith was when 5.x major release hit and the damn OS still doesn't even have TOGGLES! At least ones not tucked deeply in the randomly placed settings hierarchy. I mean... toggles— really. Their failure to implement this fundamental feature this many years into things shows me a real disconnect between their vision and a practical one.
It got worse, though; if you recall, people discovered a back door "hack" that used internal URL schema to actually create makeshift toggles on the home screen by using the links that jumped directly to specific sections in the settings app? Still not fully satisfactory, but it saved 20 taps here, 30 taps there... and how did Apple react? They "fixed the error"! So even desperate measures to create makeshift functionalities are stifled.
I got fed up. Then I realized all the things that I *wished* iOS could do; it actually COULD do.
Now, NCSettings from Cydia and it takes me 1 second to shut off any features that I wasn't needing. Slide down Notification Center, tap toggle, battery life increased tremendously just by making this habit.
It's not for everyone, but if you decide to JB your phone, you'll never want for any feature ever again. If you're JB and familiar with how brilliantly a few tweaks can turn a PITA user experience to a total pleasure... you know why I'm unconcerned with what asinine feature Apple may toss the peons here and there— because invariably, that feature (and likely even a more robust/slicker implementation of it) has been available in Cydia from months to years prior to Apple actually adding it!
I'm not condoning JB but— no, actually I totally am. It's legal to JB (unlocking is now a different story), and the greatest risk to you is possible warranty termination. If you're dumb enough to send them a JB phone to fix...
If you've had your phone for over a year and f**k! You didn't get AppleCare? — Your warranty has already expired anyway. At that point you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain (unless you are reckless or dumb and don't back up your phone first)...
I'm so used to the pleasantries and conveniences of a JB iPhone that now, when I'm using someone else's that isn't, it feels so roundabout, lacking and just— it feels like I'm using a crippled shareware version of iOS, actually. That's a pretty decent analogy, actually!