Apple reacted to the recent jailbreak of its iOS 6.x mobile operating system by Team Evad3rs, by releasing the easy to apply un-teathered jailbreaking tool Evasi0n, in a predictable manner. On Monday (04/02), a group of freelance developers released a tool that could "jailbreak" iOS 6, letting you tinker with your iDevice' bootloader, install third-party software, and "free" yourself from the iTunes/App Store bubble.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Apple warned its customers against installing jailbreaks on their devices. It should come as no surprise that jailbreaking voids product warranty, but Apple warned the procedure could have other side-effects, such as (we're quoting from the PSA here):
- 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.
Rhetoric, or have you noticed any of these (especially the part about reduced battery life)? Leave a comment below.