Evasi0n has announced that there is now a jailbreak option for iOS 7 devices. The question for many is how long with this last? Apple Inc. encourage users to avoid jailbreaking their devices for various reasons, including security issues, and will probably start looking into a way to close the loopholes that Evasi0n is using. While opting for a quick iOS 7 jailbreak sounds like a good idea, there are many reasons to avoid doing it.
It often makes any insurance or warranty on the devices invalid. The reason for this is opening the device up through this method causes security problems. Holes are created that allowed viruses onto the device, and could even cause hackers to take over systems and steal passwords. Whether it is an iPod, iPhone or iPad, the device can malfunction, but the insurance will not cover the cost of repairs. Neither will it send out a replacement device, which means paying full price for a new one.
The device can stop working to the point where the whole system needs to be wiped out. This is more of an inconvenience than a major problem. It will mean the loss of all contact numbers, any photos and videos on the device, and all apps. Those that have been paid for in the past will usually need paying for a second time. When the device stops working, it is called “bricking.”
For those still not convinced against iOS 7 jailbreak, another of the top reasons to avoid doing it is the shortened battery life. Apple devices, especially iPhones, are notorious for the poor battery levels. Within 24 hours, a person can go from full power to no power, depending on the apps and functions used. This length of time drops considerably after jailbreaking the device due to the extra functions that are available.
Updates are much harder to come by once the device has been opened. Everybody else will have a new iOS system, or will find it easier to get the upgrade when they are offered it. Once the upgrade is available, the device will no longer be completely open like it once was. Many people find that they have to wait even longer until a company comes up with a jailbreak. For example, it has taken three months for Evasi0n to come up with the jailbreak software for iOS 7.
It is possible to reverse the jailbreak, but that does not stop the damage that has already been done. If the phone breaks, even if the initial change has been reversed, the warranty or insurance is still invalid. The companies have ways to tell why the damage or security breech occurred. Even if the damage was not originally linked to the process of jailbreaking, the insurance or warranty will still be invalid if the company finds out.
The best thing to do is avoid jeailbreaking an iOS 7 device, for all the reasons stated above. While it causes limitations, it does prevent a number of security and bug issues. It will also help to ensure that the warranty is fully valid, just in case something does happen.
By Alexandria Ingham