With Evasi0n, the long-awaited untethered jailbreak tool for Apple iDevices running iOS 6 or 6.1, finally became available for download. Cydia subsequently faced outages during day one, as Apple decided to answer to this phenomenon and updated its knowledge based articles warning users of the threats jailbreakers can face.
The article, last modified two days ago on February 3, described Apple's position on jailbreaking, or what they call, “unauthorized modification of iOS.” If you decided to hack your iDevice, you should know, from Apple's perspective, these modifications of iOS can cause instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, and other issues.
When Apple says your apps can crash after jailbreaking, they are right. Take the Weather app, for instance. Since I hacked my iPhone with evasi0n, the app continues to crash, and now it doesn't display the weather in the notification center. But Pod2g announced a fix is already on its way to Cydia, so be patient – this will be fixed.
Apple also warns about security vulnerabilities: "Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information, damage the device, attack the wireless network, or introduce malware or viruses."
In terms of shortened battery life, the iPhone's biggest problem was always its battery life, so when Apple says "the hacked software has caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on a single battery charge". There is an app for that. Or maybe more apps – jailbreak tweaks.
Apple warns about disruption of services, and the ability to apply iOS updates:
Unreliable voice and data: Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.
Disruption of services: Services such as Visual Voicemail, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as iCloud and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.
Inability to apply future software updates: Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to iOS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iOS update is installed.
As you can see, Apple is against you hacking your iDevice and cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. We are sure you are aware when you decided to jailbreak your device, this was in violation of the iOS end-user license agreement.
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