Apple updates Knowledge Base article on jailbreaking

By , Feb 5, 2013

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It’s pretty obvious that Apple doesn’t want people jailbreaking its devices. While the company isn’t going out and suing hackers like ahem, Sony did, it’s not exactly making it any easier for them to open up its mobile OS either.

And the company’s disdain for the process is especially evident in its Knowledge Base article on jailbreaking, which points out that unauthorized modification of iOS can cause instability and other major device issues…

The page (via MuscleNerd) has been there for years. But in anticipation of the long-awaited release of the evasi0n jailbreak this week, Apple updated it on Sunday in an attempt to thwart at least some users from participating.

Here’s the full text:

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. Examples of issues caused by these unauthorized modifications to iOS have included the following:

Instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.

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.

Shortened battery life: 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.

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.

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.

To be fair, Apple makes several valid points here. And given the amount of time and resources it devotes to technical support and warranty-related customer escalations, you can see why it wouldn’t want to advocate jailbreaking.

That being said, jailbreaking was deemed legal under a DMCA exemption by the Library of Congress last October, and it will remain that way until 2015. So there’s really not much Apple can do about it outside of these scare tactics.

Hey, at least it’s no longer arguing that ‘jailbreaking enables drug dealers.’

Earlier today, Jay Freeman (aka Saurik) announced that evasi0n was downloaded nearly 2 million times during its first 24 hours.

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  • Ernie Marin

    “Earlier today, Jay Freeman (aka Saurik) announced that evasi0n was downloaded nearly 2 million times during its first 24 hours”
    1 million of that was by Apple to see just how awesome the jailbreak is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Bolden/723717062 Brandon Bolden

      Truuuuu. *in my 2 chainz voice*

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      2 million times, and here the question again. Apple why can’t we have a little openness for iOS like you allow for OSX? With 2 million evasi0n jailbreak downloads you gonna have a better answer than what this article is stating.

    • oneil young

      Lol

    • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

      By 2012 Sep, there are ~400M iOS devices in the market, so 2M is around 0.5% of the iOS market.

      In the other words, there is not even “1″ iOS device is jb’ed in every 10.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Not 400 Million of them runs iOS 6

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        I did a google search, there are around ~300M iOS devices with 6.

        So… 300M to 2M, 0.67%.

      • SoCoMagNuM

        Damn thats a pretty small margin

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        I really don’t see a lot of people doing jb these days.

        This iPhone 5 jb took 4.5 months, that is already 1/3 of the product cycle.

      • SoCoMagNuM

        I gave up on waiting for jailbreaks. Ive gotten a GS3 since then (dont need to root to get functionality i want but did mess around with a few custom roms like CM10) and havent looked back. Im interested in the iPad Mini though. Was gonna get one until i realized Apple wanted to capitalize on earlier adopters and leave out retina display. So once they release iPad Mini with retina then ill invest in one of those. Not interested in android tablets.

      • loopyduck

        2 million in just the FIRST 24 HOURS. Meanwhile, TechCrunch claims there are now 4 million Evasion jailbreaks after the second day. The real question is how many of these 4 million are from the pool of iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5, and iPad 4 owners, who were unable to jailbreak their device until now.

        Prior to the 6.1 jailbreak, there were 23 million unique devices running Cydia. While that still isn’t 1 in 10, >1 in 20 is a considerable number of people when you take into account the fact that people have to go out of their way to jailbreak their device.

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        So even it has 40M jb’ed devices, it is only 10% of 400M iOS devices as of Sept 2012. And you know there are more than 400M after the holiday seasons.

        Maybe someone can actually come up some data about how many iOS devices are jb’ed as of now.

        My point is… do we still “need” jb for iOS these days? If yes then how could people wait four and half months for it? It is 1/3 of a product cycle.

  • ExRoot

    Well. Some are those issues are absolutely true. You Jailbreak at your own risk. Still going to update and JB.

  • Chuck Norris

    Shoot… All these already have happened within one day…

  • m3nphls

    If only apple allowed intelliscreen and zephyr…. oh wells.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Can anyone help me I download ISX 5 in the past and I download ISX 6 an it’s asking me to pay for it all over again. Is there any reason.

      • http://twitter.com/anthony_n97 Anthony Nguyen

        it just the way it is, the developers are not greedy or anything though

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        That was for iOS 5 this is now for iOS 6 .. It will not be full price you get a discount .. I know that when you buy a tweak it should be yours and you should have to pay again, but its how this one works .. The intellibourne Devs do make some of the best tweaks and spend a lot of time getting them to work with all iOS’s ,its only fair to pay I little for each iOS to use the update for that iOS ..

      • http://twitter.com/fuckyeahrawwwr zombiescandance

        yoi have to
        Pay for the iOS 6 upgrade. 4.99$

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Ya that suck I found out the hard way but thank you anyway

      • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

        Forget about ISX take Lockinfo, it’s way better and more stable than this ISX thingi…

      • oneil young

        You gonna have to wait until traffic is down on cydia

  • http://twitter.com/TiagoF15 Tiago Fernandes

    For me, this has a very simple solution… iTweakStore! Working like AppStore, it would be awesome!

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      I agree OSX has tweaks right now you can download in the Mac App Store. Why can’t iOS do it.

  • Thi Han

    Blahh..

  • 1337lolzorz

    Don’t tell me what to do with MY iPhone, Apple!

    • Obsidian71

      They aren’t ..they’re just saying they won’t support it in a JB setup.

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      they aren’t, Apple is just warning you of the consequences

      • 1337lolzorz

        The only reason they are “warning” you about the big bad jailbreak boogy man is so they can control what happens on your phone.

      • Falk M.

        They warn not you, who knows what he’s doing, but the grannies and other computer noobs who think they are missing out on a lot when in fact they might not, but they think it’s worth a shot and when something goes wrong and the grandson’s in vacation Apple’s not going to fix it.

        THAT is why they put a warning out there.
        Remember guys, not everyone knows what they are doing.

      • eee

        I don’t know why but…after reading what you posted makes me want to hit you for some reason..

      • bloodshed

        i think he’s got a point..not everyone knows what they are doing ;)

      • Falk M.

        Really? I tried to stay as humble as possible, so explain to me what leads to your aggressions, please?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jawn.weedbix Sandy Cook

        They are full of shit though

  • anwarkey

    I say thank you for the team jailbreak i have nothing to care about
    I know the value of jailbreak waited months

    thank for info

  • charlie

    You’re comparing the PS3 to iOS devices? WOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mysto2k Manuel Andrade

    It’s funny that the Apple Stock went like +15$ since Today Morning!

  • Reez Champ

    I don’t care what apple suggests regarding JB.

    Edited: Some are disliking my comment, because I use my device as I wish???

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.bean.14 Joel Bean

    Watch iOS devices sales explode.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    What is “Visual Voicemail”? I don’t believe we get it here in the UK

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

      It’s where you can see who left you a voicemail and at what time via the voicemail section in the Phone app, as opposed to having to call your voicemail inbox

      • Kaptivator

        Learned something new. I thought that it was voice mails that you could actual read instead of have to listen to. Its ok to laugh…I did.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Ohh right, that’s so much better than ours. I wonder why we don’t get it

  • http://twitter.com/Rongmario Ethan Mahmood

    HA. HA. HA.

  • sadaN

    “Apple doesn’t want people jailbreaking its devices.”

    Mind you the device is mine!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

      mind you… if you will experience any bugs on iOS…You will blame Apple for this and not the jailbreak

      • sadaN

        Jailbreaking since 2007 bud, never cried to Apple and never will.
        I paid for it, I can shove it up my arse if want to…

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        This ain’t iN00b forum rookie… we know what we are doing…

      • Mr. Dumb

        I did Jailbreak more than couple of times now. Nice to know i am a rookie no more ;-)

  • pnh

    Apple would probably lose half of everyone who downloaded evasi0n in the first 24 hours if we couldn’t jailbreak. They’d also lose a lot of the innovation of the jailbreak app developers. SHUT UP APPLE and be glad there’s a jailbreak community.

    • http://twitter.com/leart78 le art

      yeah, this is so true

  • pauleebe

    If I was Apple, I’d look at this way:

    “Wow, maybe iOS sucks and that’s why so many people jailbreak”.

    IF YOU ARE READING THIS, APPLE, KNOW I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER iDEVICE UNTIL I KNOW THERE IS A JAILBREAK FOR IT … unless you wanna open up iOS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jhonny1x Jonathan Jaimes

      Apple will never open there iOS.

  • inc188

    of all of the ones here.. this concerns me the most.

    I cant get my self to trust it… just saying:

    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.

  • Youssef

    samsung is kicking apple with the galaxy note 2 and the S3?
    that’s why apple should allow jailbreaking and Cydia

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

    Meanwhile on my phone… Weather, Stocks, and Visual voicemail works fine. On my JAILBROKEN IPHONE 4S. Come on Apple. Now you lyin’. (And GPS works fine.)

    Meh. I just want some freedom til my contract is up, because once it is, I’m going Android (Maybe the Note 3 or S4?). I love my iPhone, but this garden-walled shit isn’t working out for me. My iPhone will become a glorified iPod lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jhonny1x Jonathan Jaimes

      Same here once my contract up I’ll get the gs4 when it comes out.

  • kenblock

    i need website to download ipa

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

      stop stealing…. pay for something in you life

    • Bob

      i need website to steal ipa*

      Corrected that for you.

    • Latrese

      Sorry I can’t point you to anywhere,but I suggest you ask somewhere else like sinfuliphone or something if you’re determined.

      Guys he’s gonna do what he wants to do,can’t control everyone so just answer his question,down vote,or keep scrolling:/

  • Max

    Jailbreak will just make people buy more ios devices

    • Reez Champ

      I am 1 of them, really

  • http://twitter.com/LifeTremontiFan Mark H Schierloh Jr

    Does your Wifi sync work on 6.1? mine doesn’t seem to yet it was fine on ios 5

  • ridonkulous

    What Apple is also leaving out of their knowledge base text is, they stand to make more money from hold outs like myself that will now finally get the iPhone 5 now that there is a jailbreak for iOS6. Granted it wont be billions but I’m sure they will notice a slight surge in sales since the JB was released.

  • Edward Pang

    “Shortened battery life: 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.”

    By jailbreaking my iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4S, I was actually able to identify which apps use more battery power by using BatteryDetective downloaded from Cydia. The app that causes battery excessive is actually an App store app.

  • @dongiuj

    “Instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.”
    Not much change there.

    “Security vulnerabilities: Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information”
    Like our information is safe with apple from apps on the appstore.

    “Shortened battery life: 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.”
    No change there.

    • eee

      rofl as if their phones never had “shortened battery life” or “Instability” without the jailbreak.. jeezz

  • @dongiuj

    “Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications”
    Apple and the apps have trouble with this just fine without jailbreaking.

  • Tr1pTr0p

    The only thing true about these is shorter battery life. Other is just nonsensical, fear mongering bullshit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/issjakers Jake Padilla

    fuck that let us be free to jailbreak bitch

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540767290 Andrieux Querido

    APPLE please understand this !!! THE DAY there’s no more Jailbreak, i WILL STOP BUYING IPHONES AND IPADS. GOT IT?!?

    • http://twitter.com/neoaggelos Aggelos Kolaitis

      Yeah… and if you stop buying them then this 1000$ less is going to be really hard to live by at Cupertino…

      PS. Just some friendly advice: Companies like this that have standard millions of income don’t give a damn about what ONE person does…

  • http://twitter.com/xUnicornxPornx Tender Vittles

    They can bitch about it all they want. Without jailbreaking, Apple wouldn’t have new features to unveil in their new iOS. They’ll never intentionally STOP jailbreaking. They also can’t say that they’re for it, otherwise they admit that their own OS sucks, and needs improvement. Which makes them the laughing stock of the mobile OS world.

  • mwpitt52

    I have had more fun with my jailbroken iPhone 5 in last 6 hours than last 6 months.

  • http://twitter.com/christian0154 Christian A. :)

    can this jailbreak affect my ipad’s battery life??? i want answers!! thanks

  • Mr. Dumb

    APPLE is just saying this for the sake of ‘saying’. Evasion has done more good for it than any of its marketing gimmicks and they know it. But you know they also got to save their face in the public.

  • http://twitter.com/worm_202 Sergey Filatov

    “Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS.”
    Ok, Apple. (Clicking on “Jailbreak” button) :)

  • http://vsocio.com Muhammad Usman

    This does not work on my iPhone 5

  • So optimistic

    Can anyone tell me how to get the screen to come back on when I remove my ear from the phone while making a call? The screen just stays dark. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/leart78 le art

    evasi0n was probably better than any marketing campaign that apple could do