Apple Again Warns About the Dangers of Jailbreaking your iOS Device


The evad3rs jailbreak team had long teased a Sunday release of their latest evasi0n jailbreak tool, which has been downloaded over 1.7 million times. However, “fun day” Sunday ended up becoming Monday. On Sunday though, Apple updated a support document outlining the dangers of jailbreaking your iOS device. Were they anticipating the evasi0n release as well?

As noted by @MuscleNerd:

The document, which has been available since July of 2009, again relays the following message:

As designed by Apple, iOS and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are designed to work together reliably. Unauthorized modifications to iOS (“jailbreaking”) can cause numerous issues to the hacked iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.

In particular, Apple stresses instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, disruption of services and the inability to apply future software updates as their main issues of concern. There were no major changes to the document, but it is interesting Apple updated it on the day of the anticipated evasi0n jailbreak tool release.


  • Nick

    Apple wouldn’t be a good company if they didn’t take a defensive stance against Jailbreaking. iOS has a history of being incredibly secure, keeping apps and such from making any changes to the file system, thereby preventing any risk of viruses or such.

    If apple said “jailbreak at whim! Please, subvert our security system and install unauthorized things on our otherwise rock solid OS!”

    While I am of 2 minds about the lack of freedom surrounding apple devices, I do know Apple created their devices, and chose to limit them and we still buy them. Do I think it should be illegal? Lord no. Do I think Apple has the right to protect their products in the way they see fit? I do. It sucks, but it is what it is. We are limited from hacking the PS3 and Xbox, and why? Piracy. The same reason we are limited here, and the same reason that the App Store is as popular with developers, no hacking the system, no piracy.

  • I still believe that root access should be a choice. Like the thing they did with mountain lion. You can choose the option that will prevent installation of any software that is not from the App Store or signed by apple.
    Thing that annoys me the most is inability to download files using safari on iOS. It is stupid and ridiculous. They want you to use iTunes and App Store ONLY!

  • mohamad

    totally agree!