By Binu Paul email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 06, 2013 09:37 AM EST
The iOS 6 untethered Jailbreak evasi0n has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its release and that says it all - It's more than a proof of evasi0n's swelling popularity. However, Apple sticks on with its anti-jailbreak rhetoric and it updated its Knowledge Base article warning iOS users that jailbreaking can cause possible instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, and a couple of other issues.
The document was updated on Feb. 3, the day the long-awaited evasion jailbreak was expected to release. "Wow, Apple *really* doesn't like jailbreaking," tweeted "MuscleNerd one of the members of team Evad3rs, the four-member squad behind the evasi0n jailbreak.
The major issue Apple said would affect the jailbroken devices, is instability where users may face "frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data." It alleges that such unauthorized modifications invite security compromises into user's devices with which hackers will be able to steal personal information, attack the wireless network, and damage the device or introduce malware or viruses.
According to the Apple document, jailbreaks can cause damages that are beyond repair. Such damages can make the hacked iDevices such as iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch permanently inoperable in the event of a new Apple-supplied iOS update installment.
"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," the warning note said.
Many other issues such as faster battery drain, slow or unreliable data connections, delayed or inaccurate location data, and dropped calls are also listed out as possible outcomes of jailbreak in the Apple document.
As 9to5 Mac notes, jailbreaking is not illegal in the United States as clarified by the Electronic Frontier Foundation; however, Apple said it may refuse to service devices that have been jailbroken. "Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software," the document said.
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