Apple Posts New Warning About the ‘Perils’ of Jailbreaking Your iOS Device

Posted in Apple, Apple News, iOS on 05/02/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple has updated their article about making unauthorized modifications to iOS devices, adding a new warning about the perils of jailbreaking. The article states that jailbreaking could make your device less secure and less stable, shorten your battery life, disrupt your voice and data, and more. The update comes just after the first untethered iOS 6 jailbreak was released on Monday.

iPhone 4S JailbreakFrom the article (via MuscleNerd on Twitter_:

As designed by Apple, iOS and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are designed to work together reliably. Unauthorized modifications to iOS (“jailbreaking”) can cause numerous issues to the hacked iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Examples of issues caused by these unauthorized modifications to iOS have included the following:

  • Instability […]  
  • Security vulnerabilities […]
  • Shortened battery life […]
  • Unreliable voice and data […]
  • Disruption of services […]
  • Inability to apply future software updates […]

Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.

Apple is certainly not wrong – jailbreaking has been known to affect all of these things, although the extent to which jailbreaking can compromise your device is up for debate. Apple has also een known to refuse warranty service on iOS devices that have been jailbroken.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.