Apple has long been against the phenomenon called iOS jailbreaking, which is essentially a method to gain root access on iOS devices so apps from outside the App Store can be installed, and several other modifications done. But why is Apple dead against iOS jailbreak tools and other unauthorized modifications to iOS?

On its support website, Apple outlines the many dangers of jailbreaking that many iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners are unaware of. Let’s take a look at them:

  1. Security Risks: Apple says that jailbreaking your device removes some of the security layers surrounding iOS, which means your personal information is exposed to hacking. Hackers can also inject malware, brick your device or use it to attack any network that your device is connected to.
  2. Instability: Jailbreaks can often cause your device to suddenly become unstable and behave unpredictably. Apps might freeze, data could be lost and even built-in apps can crash on jailbroken devices.
  3. Battery Life Takes a Hit: iPhones are notoriously power-hungry devices, and jailbreaks can often worsen the situation. That means accelerated battery drain that many jailbreak enthusiasts are familiar with. In short, you’ll end up needing to charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch more often than usual.
  4. Spotty Data and Voice Experience: Jailbreaking can also affect your voice and data, which can lead to dropped calls, slow updating of location information and other symptoms.
  5. Disruption of Services: A lot of push-based services often have trouble sending data to jailbroken devices. Not only that, but syncing for several apps like iMessage, Weather, Stocks, Apple Pay and other utilities may also be affected.
  6. No Future iOS Updates Possible: In certain cases, jailbroken devices become inoperable when you try and update the software through Apple. In extreme situation, it can cause permanent damage that cannot be repaired.
  7. Warranties Voided: Any warranty that your device is covered by is immediately voided the moment you jailbreak it. Apple reserves the right to deny service for not only jailbroken devices, but also because of any unauthorized software installations such as tweaked apps.

That’s Apple’s take on iOS jailbreaks. Now, let’s look at some of the real-world risks for jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

Two years ago, in August 2015, 225,000 iPhones were hacked, and all of them were jailbroken devices. In a way, it validated Apple’s years-long warnings about jailbreaking. The stolen information from these devices were used by over 20,000 people to make fake in-app purchases and download paid apps.

Since then, Apple has been more vigilant about jailbreaks, and every new jailbreak that gets released sees the vulnerability patched on the very next version of iOS.

Should You Jailbreak Your iPhone or iDevice?

At the end of the day, if it’s your device, nobody can stop you from jailbreaking it. However, a lot of new jailbreak enthusiasts are unaware of the huge risk they put themselves at when they jailbreak their device.

You can jailbreak your iPhone or iPad if you want; after all, it’s your money. But don’t look to Apple to support you if something goes wrong.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Complete horseshit.
    Points 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are outright lies; straight up, for the same reasons points 3 and 7 are only partially true. By the numbers:
    1. The ONLY “security” defeated by jailbreaking is the walled garden surrounding your OS kernel which ordinarily prevents you from obtaining root privileges on your own hardware.
    Imagine if you bought a car…and not just any car, but a f!!cking Ferrari…and the manufacturer places a high-security lock on the hood so you can’t work on your own car and neither can anyone else who is not an “authorized” Ferrari mechanic.
    Oh….and it just so happens that breaking YOUR OWN LOCK on YOUR OWN HOOD voids the warranty…because reasons!
    2.This is an outright lie. Jailbreaking itself poses ZERO security threat. It’s the cracked apps you have the OPTION to install through Cydia and other repos which may pose some threat. But the “dangers” here are easily mitigated: don’t steal software. Simple, huh?
    3. IF your battery life “takes a hit,” (can we possibly have a MORE vague term? This IS a computer we are talking about; they don’t do vague so well. So how about naming ANYTHING specific that can go wrong with your battery STRICTLY from gaining root access?)then again, it’s only because of what you can do AFTER the jailbreak.
    4. And again: total bullshit. Jailbreaking, by itself, will NEVER affect voice, data, or WiFi reliability.
    5. Another total lie. Reachability has to do with your network, and as long as you can access ANYTHING online, everything will work unless you have an app-specific problem.
    6. This is only partially true. What would have made the statement complete (and thus true)would have been: “No Future iOS Updates Possible IN THE USUAL WAY UNTIL YOU UPGRADE IN A NON-USUAL WAY.”
    I was on iOS 9.3.1 until about two weeks ago. Apple TRIED to prevent me from upgrading, but I Impacted their asses. Now I’m on 10.3.2 with no problems.
    7. Warranty void. That’s IT? I lose the chance to pay some pimple-faced kid to poke around in and screw up my device? Oh, for shame!

    Please do a little more homework before aping Apple propaganda: it hurts your journalistic integrity, have you any.

    Everyone knows why Apple hates jailbreakers: they expose their MULTIPLE security vulns.
    Apple has built a reputation for reliability, based upon the propaganda that because they have their own “ecosystem,” they are impervious to malware and other exploits.
    But that’s not even remotely true.
    MOST of the financial damage done to users of Apple devices over the last twenty-odd years has come from poisoned apps downloaded DIRECTLY FROM THE APP STORE.
    It’s one of the dirty secrets from Cupertino: their own research has shown them time and time again that the ONLY thing protected by their closed dev loop is their profit margin…for now.

  2. You forgot to mention that downgrading and sit tight on lower iOS versions stop Apple from pushing these ‘Ill slow your older iDevice down so you can buy a new one’ tactics/patches 😉

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