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.
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.