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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.

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    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. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      shortened battery life because of all the great new things you will do with your jailbroken device!!
    1. Tylervalo's Avatar
      Tylervalo -
      5-1 odds Steve Jobs personal iPhone is or was at one point jail broken. Hell, Woz openly admits he uses a jail broken iphone.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      I agree with Apple. I quit jailbreaking my iPhones a while ago because it was laggy and the apps (jailbroken ones) crashed constantly. Less of a hassle for go without it.

      But I'm still all for having the option to do it lol
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Apple will use this to brick your jb'd device because they warned that this might happen. If a lot of iphones are starting to get bricked in future firmwares, I see a law suit.
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      THey don't "really" want it to stop; all the hype regarding jailbreaking the iPhone only enhances the sale of the "iPhone!"

      Of course they're going to say, "no jailbreaking"..outloud, but behind the scenes...They're thinking, HELL YEAH!

      Just MHO
    1. Conas's Avatar
      Conas -
      Here's a little secret of the trade: geohot and musclenerd are Apple employees! Dun dun duuuun
    1. knadian's Avatar
      knadian -
      Hey um... beleive me, I know this is a huge noob question, but just to be sure, if at some point 4.0 gets a proper jailbreak and I want to upgrade from my 3.1.2 to 4.0 and jailbreak again, am I running any risk upgrading directly from my jailbroken device, or should I do a full restore before upgrading to 4.0? If this is adressed elsewhere, feel free to direct me there.
      Thanks
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      At this point jailbreaking is the only thing that makes me really love my iPod Touch. It's nice to be able to make my own mods and graphics for it relatively easily.

      If Apple wants to fight the jailbreak community, all they have to do is make OS customizable and add a quicklaunch menu ala SBSettings so we don't have to dig through slow menus to find a button.

      These two changes would "steal back" half the jailbreakers out there.

      Oh, and they should make an appstore for icon packs. I would make a killer mod if I thought I could reach a couple hundred million people while charging only $.99.
    1. Thatskanyon's Avatar
      Thatskanyon -
      What the...??? Apple seriously doesn't like Jailbreaking? lol, I bet Steve Jobs JB's his iPhone... he cant be happy with what it does. Capable of so much more, but they just wont let it happen...

      It's sad really...but Im glad that we jailbreak... otherwise I would have switched to Android a long time ago. lol
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      If they don't like jailbreaking and unlocking, they certainly aren't going to like Android.
    1. marvin378's Avatar
      marvin378 -
      More people are switching to android if they stop jailbreaking all iphones!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      omg i never knew this why did i fall for the jaibreaking lol screw apple bring it on devs
    1. purpl3_bug's Avatar
      purpl3_bug -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      It's time for me to restore to stock firmware now that it is confirmed Apple opposes all that I do...
      LMAO! niiice.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Apple should stop whinning about JB'ing...and give credit to whom it's due!! The JB community got them where they are today...without JB, we'd all be stuck using crappy, half-baked and buggy stuff from them
    1. ModJoe's Avatar
      ModJoe -
      ... so all iPhone 2G User have Jailbreaked phones, cause Apple locked them out to Upgrdae to Firmware 4.0 ...
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Dear Apple,

      Thank you for creating such a wonderful product. And thank you for allowing third-party applications that truly enhances my usage of your product; I shan't go anywhere without it.

      Yours Truly,

      vedavis
    1. istinkles's Avatar
      istinkles -
      OMG This is ground breaking!!!
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      @Planetbeing Finally breaking radio silence to bring you Android on the iPhone. Linux on the iPhone: Android running on iPhone!
      I've been waiting for this. Taking jailbreaking to the next level I for one am always pushing the hardware to the limits. Whether it be a car, stereo, computers or phones. Any modifications that improve a product is a good thing. It just keeps getting better !!!
    1. orgy9111's Avatar
      orgy9111 -
      I agree with Romeo, factory unlock all phones and there will be less jailbreaking, i think
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thatskanyon View Post
      What the...??? Apple seriously doesn't like Jailbreaking? lol, I bet Steve Jobs JB's his iPhone... he cant be happy with what it does. Capable of so much more, but they just wont let it happen...

      It's sad really...but Im glad that we jailbreak... otherwise I would have switched to Android a long time ago. lol
      Why the hell would Steve Jobs have to jailbreak an iPhone? The point of a jailbreak is to allow unsigned code to run. If he wanted anything on his phone, he can sign the code.

      If they offered Factory Unlocked iPhones here, I'd have no use for a jailbreak. I'm stickin with T-Mobile ($50 a month for unlimited everything) so I have to unlock to use an iPhone

      But the article Apple posted brings up VAILD points

      Device and application instability: I've had Winterboard crash so many times, I've uninstalled it. It wasn't a conflict or anything, as that was the only thing installed. I used it for no grey dock and it still hated me

      Unreliable voice and data: The other day, for some reason my iPhone decided it would say "No Service" no matter what.. Had to restore to get it back running.

      Disruption of services: Push and Youtube become broken without AT&T activation or "fixes"

      Compromised security: Anyone remember that software that was going around because people never changed their SSH password?

      Shortened battery life: Duh.. Everything uses resources..

      Inability to apply future software updates: Look at all the people who are stuck on 3.1.3 or can't upgrade to 3.1.3 because of the new BB

      The whole repair thing is stupid. As long as you restore, you're golden. I've seen one guy bring in a jailbroken 2G to the apple store that was stuck on a Pineapple Boot screen and he got pissed when they told him no.