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Why Jailbreaking iOS 8.4 Isn’t a Good Idea

Within just a matter of hours, there was a jailbreak available for iOS 8.4, which Apple pushed out on Tuesday. Of course coders who work on jailbreaks tend to work ahead, so iOS 9 probably won’t be out long either before the jailbreak is available.

Why Jailbreaking iOS 8.4 Isn't a Good Idea

Ready to jailbreak iOS 8.4?

For hardcore jailbreak fans, keeping up with all the different versions has been rather difficult lately. The jailbreak for iOS 8.3 was only good for about a week, which makes all the work of jailbreaking your iOS devices seem like a waste. The fact that there’s already a jailbreak for iOS 8.4 may seem like good news, especially since it should last through the summer until iOS 9 comes out, but wait just a minute.

If you’re considering jailbreaking your iDevices now, maybe you should reconsider. Craig Lloyd of Gotta Be Mobile gives us four reasons it might be ill-advised to jailbreak iOS 8.4 right now.

iOS 8.4 jailbreak doesn’t support Mac yet

One reason he gives is the fact that TaiG’s jailbreak for iOS 8.4 only works on Windows right now, which means you can’t use your Mac to perform the jailbreak. This can be pretty annoying for hardcore Apple users, especially those who don’t have a Windows-based PC or laptop.

According to Lloyd, the jailbreak for iOS 8.3 had this same issue, and the iOS 8.1 jailbreak didn’t get Mac support until months after the first version came out. Needless to say, if you wait for the Mac-supported version, you could find that iOS 9 will be out around the same time. But there’s always the possibility that TaiG will offer a version for Macs sooner rather than later.

Jailbreaking is hazardous

Those who have never jailbroken a device before really shouldn’t try to do it themselves the first time, and it’s important to realize that jailbroken devices tend to have a lot of instabilities. Installing tweaks for jailbreaks is a very involved process that can cause a lot of problems. Random restarts and other serious issues can result from jailbreaking, although tackling them is much easier for veteran iOS jailbreakers.

No updates for iOS and say goodbye to the warranty

Also jailbroken iOS devices can’t be updated to the next version of iOS unless that version can be jailbroken as well. Lloyd suggests the next version of iOS probably won’t be able to be jailbroken, which certainly is a possibility as Apple always tries to plug any holes that allow people to do this. However, coders are getting better and better at figuring out how to jailbreak iOS, so there’s also a good chance that they can find a way around whatever Apple puts in their path.

And finally, you should remember that jailbreaking an iDevice voids the warranty on it. This is a huge risk because Apple won’t replace or fix a device with a voided warranty. After all, the company really doesn’t like when people tinker with its products. It is possible to reverse the jailbreak if it is necessary to send it in for a warranty report, however.