Apple has strong words for anyone who wants to 'jailbreak' their iPhone to run unauthorised apps

  • Some iPhone enthusiasts like to hack their own devices to apply tweaks and other unauthorised 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 unauthorised 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.

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

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