Apple Will Jailbreak Your Hacked iPhone's Warranty

While not illegal, company advises against modifying iPhone

By Jackson West
|  Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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After a recent decision by the U.S. Copyright Office that makes it legal to modify an iPhone's software to run applications that Apple hasn't approved, or "jailbreaking," hackers rejoiced.

But in a statement to Cult of Mac, Apple reminds customers that actually doing it will still get you the corporate cold shoulder in the form of a voided warranty.

Apple’s goal has always been to insure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.

The company warns about the dangers of "jailbreaking" on its website, and says that it "may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software."

After all, hacking your phone might result in "Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data," which, uh, users of unmodified phones have never experienced.

And while the company hasn't sued anyone for selling jailbreaking services or unofficial iPhone applications, that doesn't mean it has ruled out the possibility.

At least the iPhone won't actively prevent you from modifying the device, like the Droid X from Motorola will.

Jackson West is not scared by Apple's dire warnings.

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