We already knew that Apple was very much not keen on the idea of jailbreaking iOS devices, as highlighted by the way it continues to try to thwart the practice with every new iOS release.
Now, the company has taken a step further by sharing a new support document in which it outlines some of the difficulties that its users can potentially expect to experience if and when they jailbreak.
With the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak edging ever closer to public release, Apple has taken the step of tackling the process of iOS hacking head on, telling potential jailbreakers all about the downsides of a process that has been popular for many, many years. Apple does not generally talk about jailbreaking specifically, but that changes with this latest support document.
iOS is designed to be reliable and secure from the moment you turn on your device. Built-in security features protect against malware and viruses and help to secure access to personal information and corporate data.
During that document a number of potential downsides to jailbreaking are outlined, ranging from reduced battery life to decreased security thanks to the way jailbreakers “bypass security features” in order to work their magic. Instability and a general disruption of services are also some of the points made by Apple.
After listing all the potential downsides to jailbreaking, Apple drops perhaps the most important note of all; jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touches may not be services by the company if something goes awry.
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 the iOS end-user software license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.
As others have noted, if you’re already knee-deep in the world of jailbreaking then this is unlikely to put you off hacking your iOS devices in the future. If you’re just contemplating dipping your toe in that world though, this may just be enough to make you think twice.
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