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  • News Flash: Apple Opposed to Jailbreaking


    In a curious support document released last week, Apple is warning users against jailbreaking their devices, claiming that such "unauthorized modifications" to the iPhone OS cause "instability" and "disruption of services." Consisting of little more than a rehash of numerous arguments the company has made before, the support document seems to mainly be focused on intimidating users who are considering jailbreaking by threatening to void their warranties, or turn their phones into bricks.

    The main dangers that Apple seeks to raise alarm about in this document are instability, security holes, shortened battery life and the risk that your device will be disabled if you try to update jailbroken firmware. The warnings are general in nature, and don't address the fact that the stock OS is often crashy, that App Store titles can be malware vectors, or that Google Maps is far and away the biggest battery hog on my phone. The warning about bricking your iPhone seems to be total fearmongering, or conflating jailbreaking with unlocking. Apple has toyed around before with the threat, and while they might be able to get away with blaming the user, any attempt to intentionally target unlocked phones for bricking might not pass the Magnusson Moss Act prohibition against voiding a warranty for a product with third-party enhancements or modifications. However, WIRED points out that it would be very hard, if not impossible, to prove that Apple had in fact narrowly targeted baseband unlocks.

    In general, the article seems like it's aimed at playing on inexperienced users' fears. Any time you are tinkering with any computing device, you run the risk of screwing it up somehow, especially if you don't know what you're doing. If you need an Apple support document to tell you that... well yeah, maybe jailbreaking's not for you. It seems more like Apple's interested in protecting App Store profits, though, rather than uncautious users.

    image via mixpod

    editor update: we posted about this same doc about a year ago . . . so this is pretty old news. Still nice to keep in mind though!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: News Flash: Apple Opposed to Jailbreaking started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. gafu's Avatar
      gafu -
      Uh,SURPRISE!
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      At last, some dork didn't post "first" as the first reply.

      How refreshing.
    1. sami_78's Avatar
      sami_78 -
      Great News....
    1. metallica_man's Avatar
      metallica_man -
      oh god, not this again. when is apple going to stop trying to stop jailbreakers? its just not going to happen, we all know that.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      What?! Apple doesn't like jailbreaking? No way!
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Now we just need a story of another drunk Apple employee leaving another iPhone in a bar and have some find it and see that it's jailbroken. Poor Apple. Bad week for them.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      what was interesting was that they actually said "jailbreak"
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      Without sounding like a broken record: I will never own an iPhone which can't be jailbroken.
    1. H3x.'s Avatar
      H3x. -
      In my opinion apple should just let jailbreaking go , surely it increases sales of iPhone is some areas because people can get more use out of their iPhone , on the other hand unlocking I can understand them being stinge about.
    1. Nintendo Tim's Avatar
      Nintendo Tim -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post
      Any time you are tinkering with any computing device, you run the risk of screwing it up somehow, especially if you don't know what you're doing.
      You know, funny thing about that: I never once installed any "custom firmware" for any device, and delving into unintentional functionality of a device was new grounds for me. Jailbreaking my iPod touch (by simply visiting the website...god those were good days; jailbroke the display iPod touch at the Best Buy I worked for at the time ) was incredibly new for me, and I learned as I go.

      Now, I'm jailbreaking friends/coworkers phones for them, and letting them know the possible dangers of them screwing something up if they download/install/improperly use things they should never mess with (read: SSH).

      Give it time, and take it slowly, and eventually running amok on Cydia/Winterboard/SSH will make the phone so much more than it already is.

      God I love Jailbreaking!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Jailbreak:
      - Customize your background and icons
      - Organize your apps
      - Get awesome 3rd party apps
      - Less malware
      - FREEDOM!!

      Normal:
      - Plain looking icons
      - Basically nothing
      - Risk of malware
      - Restrictions
      - You're basically in jail
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      It's time for me to restore to stock firmware now that it is confirmed Apple opposes all that I do...
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      We all know Apple secretly loves Jailbreaks. Without it they wouldn't be where they are today
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Liking the pic
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      If Apple don't like people do the jailbreaking, please factory unlock all iPhone...
    1. jalexis4192's Avatar
      jalexis4192 -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      If Apple don't like people do the jailbreaking, please factory unlock all iPhone...
      +1
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      Without sounding like a broken record: I will never own an iPhone which can't be jailbroken.
      I second that opinion. If I can't jailbreak I will switch to the Nexus One or the Xperia.

      Now once all of the jailbreak apps are finally stolen from us by Apple...and this is happening with every major firmware...and I get themeing via the Appstore then I will return to the iPhone once again.
    1. Darkflame's Avatar
      Darkflame -
      LOL the irony of apple is they actually foresaw this 20 years ago.

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8]YouTube - 1984 Apple's Macintosh Commercial[/ame]

      Look at their commercial from 20 years ago. You can see steve jobs on the big screen and a jailbreaker comes in at the end and saves the day.

      Who would have thought apple would have shown us their true colors before they forced it down our throats.

      God bless Geo, modmyi, cydia and everyone else who goes through great lengths to give us the freedom.

      ......and for those who do jail break their devices, again a reminder from apple.....

      You aren't ready to experience the true power of your iDevices, let us continue to spoon feed you and nurture you. We did it in 1984, we can do it again now.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      That's been there for like a year.

      Apple Re: Unauthorized Modification of iPhone
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      This is ***. They tell Not to jailbreak but then again they turn around and every take some jailbreak-developer's idea of something! For instance, folders=categories
      multitasking=backgrounder
      themes=winterboard
      ect........
      apple would probably b the worst company with the jailbreaking developers