Apple Warns Against Jailbreaking iPhone and iPad

Apple has published a new article which warns iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users against unauthorized modification of iPhone OS which can result in instability, disruption of services and other issues. This is how Apple explains it in the article.

iPhone Jailbreak

As designed by Apple, the iPhone OS ensures that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operate reliably. Some customers have not understood the risks of installing software that makes unauthorized modifications to the iPhone OS ("jailbreaking") on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Customers who have installed software that makes these modifications have encountered numerous problems in the operation of their hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Apple warns that jailbreaking will cause device and application instability, unreliable voice and data, disruption of services, compromised security, shortened battery life and inability to apply future software updates. Detail of all these examples of issues caused by these unauthorized modifications to the iPhone OS have been explained in article as follows.

Device and application instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.

Unreliable voice and data: Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.

Disruption of services: Services such as Visual Voicemail, YouTube, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as MobileMe and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.

Compromised security: Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information, damage the device, attack the wireless network, or introduce malware or viruses.

Shortened battery life: The hacked software has caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a single battery charge.

Inability to apply future software updates: Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to the iPhone OS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone OS update is installed.

Apple, for the obvious reasons will never recommend you to jailbreak your iPhone. They’ll always warn and scare you away from jailbreaking because they want their control on the phone. What do you think about this? Is your iPhone jailbroken? Are you having any of these issues? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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