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Apple has strong words for anyone who wants to 'jailbreak' their iPhone to run unauthorized apps (AAPL)

Kif Leswing
Tim Cook

Reuters


  • Some iPhone enthusiasts like to hack their own devices to apply tweaks and other unauthorized features.
  • Apple says you shouldn't do that. 
  • Not only can jailbreaking make your iPhone run worse, and leave it more vulnerable to hackers — it can make it ineligible for service at Apple stores. 

Apple refreshed and re-released a document earlier this week that cautions iPhone users from "installing any software that hacks iOS."

It's a warning to anyone who might want to "jailbreak" their iPhone. Jailbreaking is the method for using unauthorized software hacks to run code at the most basic levels of the device, allowing users to do things that iOS usually doesn't allow them to do, like changing icons, adding themes, or running unapproved apps. 

But the tools used to jailbreak an iPhone can have unintended side-effects. Not only can they make an iPhone more vulnerable to hackers, they can have detrimental effect on your phone's operations, too, warns Apple.

Apple lists these potential issues with a jailbroken iPhone:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Instability
  • Shortened battery life
  • Unreliable phone and data
  • Disruption of services like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime
  • Inability to install future software updates

Apple also says that a jailbroken device can be denied service at Apple stores.

The support page is now dated June 15, 2018, but there are no other changes from a previous version from 2016, according to Apple. But the security community noticed the support page and discussed it last week.

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Apple‘s new support page on jailbreaking: https://t.co/w1QL92lYeg Tweet Embed:
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casual reminder: some of the problems with jailbreaking are due to changes from Apple which serve to make the process more difficult, in a way that does not affect malware/viruses/etc. https://t.co/XlGNBqR9el Tweet Embed:
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Honestly couldn’t stop laughing while reading this, trying to scare your customers into thinking it’s bad?

It’s only bad if you don’t know what your doing.. which most of us do know

Cydia Eraser and you’ll be all good with Apple again, until you rejailbreak(they’ll never know) https://t.co/k7JqfOLlU2

Many jailbreak enthusiasts suspect that it may have to do with the rumored release of new jailbreaking software for iPhone. 

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Got a new surprise coming soon for you all with Electra 11.3.1 ;)

 

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