Apple warns users against jailbreaking following evasi0n hack

By on February 6, 2013, 10:02 AM

Although unlocking a phone that's still tied to a contract was recently deemed illegal in the US, jailbreaking isn't, according to the latest review of exceptions to the DMCA in October. But that doesn't mean the practice isn't frowned upon by the likes of Apple, which has issued a warning in response to the Evasi0n unthethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1 devices.

The tool in question was released just two days ago by a team known as evad3rs and works with Mac, Windows and Linux. It marks the first time that a jailbreak has been offered for Apple’s latest hardware including the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

With over 2 million downloads already and counting Apple has seen fit to revise its anti-jailbreak rhetoric with an update to Knowledge Base article reminding users that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are designed to work together reliably but unauthorized modifications to iOS can cause a number of issues. Some examples of these issues include instability, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, and possibly being exposed to security vulnerabilities from running unsactioned third-party software.

Apple also warns of possible service disruptions affecting things like iCloud or Push Notifications on hacked devices, and more importantly, that incompatibility with future updates might leave you with a bricked device.

In all fairness even the groups behind jailbreaking tools warn that you should proceed at your own risk, so Apple is only doing their part letting you know what you could be getting into. And of course since jailbreaking is a violation of the iOS end-user license agreement Apple may deny service for your hacked device.

That said, if you really know what you are doing jailbreaking can help you get much more out of your device. For those who don't know, the process essentially does away with operating system restrictions and allows you to run all kinds of apps and system tweaks that haven't been authorized by Apple -- to install Siri on older devices, enable tethering, or use Wi-Fi only apps over 3G, for example. It's not to be confused with "unlocking" which lets you bypass carrier restrictions and load up a SIM from another service provider on your phone.




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mevans336 mevans336 said:

I don't really see the point to jailbreaking. You can tether now for free and I can't think of a single popular app that still only works over WiFi and not the cellular network.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

Me neither but could someone perhaps tell me if jailbreaking the iPad (1 or 2) will allow me to share the 3G from the pad over wifi? (personal hotspot in apple terms)

spencer spencer said:

You can get free apps and movies through installlus and tweak the ui theme and other things

fimbles fimbles said:

Me neither but could someone perhaps tell me if jailbreaking the iPad (1 or 2) will allow me to share the 3G from the pad over wifi? (personal hotspot in apple terms)

There used to be a program called itether around, im pretty sure there will be quite a few similar apps to be had on jailbroken devices.

Win7Dev said:

" the process essentially does away with operating system restrictions and allows you to run all kinds of apps and system tweaks that haven't been authorized by Apple -- to install Siri on older devices, "

Tutorial for this please. Siri would be nice to have.

ikesmasher said:

You can get free apps and movies through installlus and tweak the ui theme and other things

talk of warez isnt allowed around here.

Jailbreaking allows for installation of themes and mods that apple wouldnt allow, For example, mods that make icons smaller and let you fit more icons on the screen, other gui changes, etc

Buster Keaton Buster Keaton said:

You can get free apps and movies through installlus and tweak the ui theme and other things

talk of warez isnt allowed around here.

Jailbreaking allows for installation of themes and mods that apple wouldnt allow, For example, mods that make icons smaller and let you fit more icons on the screen, other gui changes, etc

Who said anything about warez?

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

Some examples of these issues include instability, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, and possibly being exposed to security vulnerabilities from running unsanctioned third-party software.

If people jailbreaking their phones don't already know this....

ikesmasher said:

Who said anything about warez?

getting free apps through installous is receiving copyrighted content without paying the fees intended by the content creators.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Someone needs to jailbreak the 3rd gen AppleTV.

adamsmith0123 said:

It really depends on this user, as for me I really enjoy a jailbroken phone. It has more function and I can fully customized it.

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