Apple warns against jailbreaking

Apple’s position seems clear.

  • But do it anyway. It’s awesome. =P

  • Most of this is hyped, seriously. You can do incredible things with a jailbreak, and it’s all one restore away if you need to go back. It’s awesome.

    • gjgustav

      Maybe. But if you screw it up…

      • Even if you screw up you can always DFU and restore. It’s almost impossible to brick an iOS device beyond repair. The only way to do it is to tinker with the NAND, and you can only access that if you know what you’re doing.

        • gjgustav

          You and I can. But does anyone think Apple is issuing this warning against expert users here?



  • chjode

    Spread that FUD, Apple.

    • gjgustav

      Easy for you to say. You don’t have to pay staff to support the customer who bricked their phone because they didn’t know what they were doing.

      • Neither does Apple.

        As the linked article says, “unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service.”

        • gjgustav

          Yup. But some need to be warned about it first. This is an attempt to stop people from coming in and complaining anyway. Smarter customers will restore before bringing it in.

  • Jason Ip

    yup, Apple’s message is crystal clear: don’t leave the walled garden. Anyone ever seen Equilibrium? Suppress that nonsense

    • gjgustav

      No, Apple’s saying “don’t come cryin’ to us if you brick your phone.” Perfectly reasonable. Walled garden has nothing to do with it.

  • Unlike the majority of the comments so far, I can see the validity of Apple posting this warning. Simply put, the average yser should not jailbreak their phone. It will just cause too many problems down the road for them.

    • Steven Fisher

      The worst part is that the “average” nerd will talk them into it without explaining these problems.

  • tylernol

    jailbreaking is like chipping your turbo car engine. Go ahead and do it if you really want to get more out of it, but don’t expect to get your engine warrantied when you blow it up.

  • JP

    How can ANYONE think that this is unfair? Ridiculous. If you hack, you HACK – it’s not Apple’s problem if you mess it up. Yeesh.

    • Mark

      If the article just said that…jailbroken devices are not supported…than that would be fine. But in the process of saying that they are also spreading FUD about jailbreaking. Almost none of the things in the article are true.

      • Actually, ALL the things Apple mentions have happened at some point in the past. But to a very small percent of the people who jailbroke their phones and fewer and fewer with every version of the jailbreaking software.

        • Mark

          True, but you could say the same thing about OS X software, except the obvious things that do not apply.

          • Steven Fisher

            And that is, in a nutshell, why the iPhone does not run Mac OS X.

        • You need to back that statement up dude. Have you seen the stats of all the traffic that the Cydia servers are getting just because of the new jailbreak? It’s massive.

  • Mark

    Sure hope Apple never warns us against downloading non-Mac Store Apps in the future.

    • Steven Fisher

      They do warn against opening them. 🙂

      As a developer, I like this system. Protecting the end user has to come first.

  • Andrew

    Apple needs to find a way to bring a store for themes and other tweaks to their next iOS. Assuming only a small portion of device owners jailbreak and know about these things, imagine if every owner could buy them; they would be able to make even more money off of it

  • Seriously Apple? I love you and all, but the article goes a bit too far in my opinion. Which is why I rated at one star. 😉 It takes a lot of work anymore to permanently screw your device with a JB anymore.

  • I actually had a problem this time. I lost a couple pictures when I had to restore 6.1 in iTunes and re-jailbreak a second time. I also lost some time.

    I have been jailbreaking for years and like the useful tweaks and packages available and I don’t use pirated software.

    Jailbreaking is about freedom and users need to remember to donate to those that worked so hard to provide this option.