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

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

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.

  1. Ed says:

    I haven’t ever really understood the point of jailbreaking: you buy a device that ´just works´ i.e. auto updates, seamless integration (wether it really does work in every conceivable way is irrelevant, as every single product has its limitations), then find a way to unlock it so that it doesn’t auto-everything and you have to invest more time/effort on it. Why buying that device in the first place? Other devices are far more customisable to begin with.

    1. My feelings as well.

      1. There will always be some. They are a valuable part of the ecosystem – the mavericks and malcontents – because they are the ones who aren’t happy with what already exists now and provide innovation.

    2. MRonin ⚜ says:

      I agree to an extent and disagree to an extent. I’m of the same mind that I really don’t want to break something that is working properly. At the same time the folks who are doing this are providing a service (all be it second hand) to Apple and iOS users in general by bringing issues or features to light.

      This is why I tried jailbreaking my phone when Evasion came out with an untethered jaillbreak for iOS 6.1. While my experience didn’t last very long, I still ended up with a better understanding of the broader capabilities of my iPhone. For me it came down to the cost vs. benefit ratio (as the bean counters say) not being good enough to continue utilizing a jailbroken phone. The amount of work generated from the jailbreak couldn’t be justified by the benefit I was getting.

      I contend that Apple needs to pay attention to what the jailbreaker’s and users of jailbreaks are doing. Apple would increase their phone market share, garner a good chunk of good press, and make needed improvements to iOS if they would just listen to the gestalt of Jailbreak developers and users.

  2. learn to proof read says:

    Why does every article on this site have grammatical and spelling errors? Figured a tech guy would know how to use spell check and proof read his articles?

    1. thewillpower.org says:

      haha i was wondering the same thing. probably some indian dude obsessed with things he cant have.

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