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10 Pros and Cons of Jailbreaking Your iPhone or iPad

10 Pros and Cons of Jailbreaking Your iPhone or iPad
Should you jailbreak your iOS Device?

At one time or another, many people with Apple iOS-based devices such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch have looked into "jailbreaking" them.

Jailbreaking means bypassing the restrictions Apple puts on the operating system and taking full control of the device. With a jailbroken device, you can install apps and tweaks that aren't authorized by Apple, but you also remove the tough security protections that Apple has built into iOS.

The process of jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is legal in the U.S. for the time being. What is certain is that Apple considers jailbreaking a violation of its warranty, so if something goes wrong during the process, it's up to you to fix it.

(Jailbreaking is not the same as unlocking, which permits you to change carriers while keeping the same handset. For more, read: Jailbreak, Root or Unlock: What's the Difference?)

Here are five benefits of jailbreaking, followed by five serious risks.

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    vegettonox , September 3, 2013 5:33 PM
    Or you know, get an android.
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    unrealswat , September 15, 2013 2:58 AM
    I'm sorry but you're missing a huge point, I used to work for Apple and many people don't realize the lack of warranty involved with jailbreaking a device. Jailbreaking the device leaves you without any warranty on the device as it's using the system in a way that it wasn't originally intended, same with Android if you root that device there are counters embedded in the system (yes you can reset them with the right tools) but the point being that there are ways of telling that it's been modified and run outside of the agreed software state, therefore out of the warranty.

    I'm saying this because I used to hate it when people come in with iPhones they've bought from a mate that are unlocked as far as they are aware but in actual fact the previous owner used cydia to hack the modem firmware, the customer hasn't realised it, done an official Apple iOS update from iOS 4 to iOS 6.1 as an example, and their modem isn't recognizable and therefore the mobile won't activate no matter what and is a brick. Which brings it back to the point of it's out of warranty because the official Apple software wouldn't have done this. Leaving this innocent customer the one wounded.
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    mo m , October 2, 2013 1:56 AM
    After having been involved in a violent hacking event, I totally want to buy a jail broken IPhone soI can put whatever damn security I feel like having to protect myself from remote jail breaking in the first place. How dare Apple be so ignorant and arrogant to prevent customers from being safe? They allowed impersonation, successful restart of my ICloud account not once, but THREE
    times, OK? Who is drinking the Kool Aid, Apple? It's all over the Internet that the IOS 6 was the hacker flavor of the month. NO mobile security?
    Dream on, Apple. Good luck thinking that fingerprint can protect you...
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    Sdemott83 , November 12, 2013 7:49 AM
    Unreal, did you then explain the only reason this was done was because Apple puts thousands of restrictions on their devices preventing the consumer complete operation of the device. Why does Cydia even exist???? Can't Apple forfeit some revenues and give the customer what they deserve, or are they so profit driven that they lie to their customer base and tell them it's illegal to jailbreak phones( when it isn't) and restrict so many features so that we have to purchase apps in their store, or buy a new device. I don't jailbreak to illegally purchase apps, I use it to get apps that shouts be available to be to begin with. Eg swype and blue trol.
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