Apple’s latest mobile operating system – iOS 6.1, has been recently jailbreaked by the Evasi0n team and it seems the Cupertino-based company is not happy with that. This is evident from the fact that Apple has recently updated its Knowledge Base article on jailbreaking, which points out how the modification of iOS can cause instability and other issues.
MuscleNerd, an iOS hacker, member of evad3rs team has recently tweeted:
— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) February 5, 2013
The Knowledge Base article on the unauthorized modification of iOS has been there for years, but on Sunday, this page was updated. Has it got to do anything with the evasi0n jailbreak tweak, which was due on Monday? Perhaps!
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 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 unreparable damages to iOS. 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 modifications of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service to any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.
It seems Apple wanted to scare users who were thinking of jailbreaking their latest iOS devices. But as per statistics, Apple’s tactics didn’t had any negative impact on the recent Evasi0n jailbreak release, because as per Jay Freeman (a.k.a Saurik; developer of Cydia), Evasi0n was downloaded nearly 2 million times during its first 24 hours.
For those who don’t know, jailbreaking was deemed legal under DMCA exemption by the Library of Congress last October. This means Apple can’t do anything apart from trying to thwart users from its lengthy KB page.