Yesterday we received word that a DMCA exception ruling makes jailbreaking your iPhone legal. If you choose to jailbreak your iPhone, you are in no way violating copyright laws, this from the U.S. Librarian of Congress. The ruling creates an exception that individuals who circumvent digital protection on the iPhone, known as jailbreaking, are exempt from prosecution. This provided the jailbreaking is done for reasons that don’t infringe upon Apple. Apple is none too thrilled with the ruling and has issued the following statement from their PR team, effectively saying that jailbreaking violates warranty.
“Apple’s goal has always been to insure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.”
This is the latest attempt to strike fear into customers who are considering jailbreaking their iPhone. In some ways, Apple is 100 percent correct. There are some applications in the jailbreaking community that do not perform as advertised. The good news is that poor software can happen in both the walled garden of the App Store and in Cydia (an App Store created specifically for customers with jailbroken iPhones).
While iOS continues to improve with each successive release, there are still plenty of good reasons for jailbreaking. At some point, one would think the increasing feature creep of the official iOS should result in a decline in jailbreaking. Apple also pushes out releases which effectively prevent jailbreaking.
It’s been a known fact that Apple will not repair an iPhone that is jailbroken. Customers who experience hardware issues with their iPhone should restore iOS to factory. In some cases, it could solve their issue, if it was software related. If not, they should have no problem seeking warranty service.
If you were considering jailbreaking, did today’s announcement change your plans?