Only two days ago, the most popular iOS jailbreak ever to hit the market launched for all iOS 6 compatible devices. The untethered download was a huge hit with tech fans.
This influx of jailbreakers has prompted Apple to update its Knowledge Base article to remind iOS device owners of the problems that may arise when you modify your iPad without authorization.
According to Apple’s Knowledge Base article, “unauthorized modifications can cause instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life and other issues.” Without the support of Apple’s software development team, an untested modification can cause iOS devices to crash unexpectedly, freeze some apps, and lose data. If you thought you were worried about security vulnerability before, a jailbroken phone makes it significantly easier for hackers to steal your personal data, damage your device, and send viruses to your network.
Additionally, jailbreaks can drain you battery, cause dropped calls or slowed data connections, affect Apple’s Push Notification services, and corrupt iCloud syncing. Some past hacks have caused enough damage to Apple’s mobile operating system that users are unable to update to a new iOS, so if you change your mind when iOS 7 launches, you may not be able to download it.
Even if all of the above-mentioned possible issues are worth the risk for you to “break free” from the “tyranny” of high-quality software from a reputable tech company that fully backs its products, Apple reminds users that doing so violates the license you agreed to when you first turned on your iPhone or iPad.
“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.”
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