There are various opinions on the concept of jailbreaking an iPhone. A number of legal and moral implications are also involved in the same. Apart from this, it is important to weigh the benefits against the risks associated with jailbreaking. Apple has been very strict about its software policies. An app that does not follows the software rules of Apple is not allowed in the app store, irrespective of the usage of the app. Apple maintained the control until the concept of jailbreaking came to the forefront. Jailbreaking can allow such applications to run effectively in the iPhone.
The developers of innovative software were accepted in a new market of jailbreaking software. Software like Cydia and Rock app has made an impact by their innovative approach. As a result, applications that were rejected by App Store find place in this market. Though tempting, jailbreaking has few risks associated with it that you must know.
– Stability issues:
The applications that work in jailbroken mode do not follow the guidelines of memory and CPU usage, the result of which can be slow performance and reduced battery life. The jailbroken iPhone is often susceptible to random reboots. There are also a number of performance management apps that will enhance the performance of the iphone. This is not necessarily a negative feature as with a bit of tweaking setting you can make it work.
– Void warranty:
Once you jailbroke your iPhone the warranty provided by your carrier will be broken. Apple will not provide any support for such iPhones. This can result into a problem if your iPhone has hardware issues in the future. You can actually anti-jailbreak your iPhone by a reverse process and get your device repaired. But there are high chances that Apple may have a software that can detect such changes made.
– iOS versions:
The iOS versions have incorporated all the jailbroken apps. The wireless sync capability that came out as a jailbroken app was replicated by the iOS later. If you believe in the saying ‘Patience is a virtue’, then wait for the iOS versions of such apps. Sooner or later these apps will be in the market by iOS. Though there may be few apps whose usage may be critical to you. Of course then you can take the last call.
– ‘Brick’ option:
When you do something to your iPhone that leaves it in a complete unusable state you can brick your iPhone. Bricking refers to rebooting or reloading software that makes the iPhone stable. It is rare to find such software. Also you must avoid jailbreaking your iPhone with software that is in beta form.
– Locking out
Though Apple has taken no action against the jailbreaking software but they might in the future by locking them out of the App store or other content services. Sony has done the same when jailbreaking happened with PS3s. Such action from Apple’s end is expected in the near future which will kill the market of the jailbreakers.