Most people with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod have probably heard of the term jailbreaking. Most of you might already be familiar with it. Before going towards the consequences of jailbreaking, let us first understand what jailbreaking is? It might seem as simple as plugging a device into the computer, clicking a few buttons, and jailbreaking is done! In reality jailbreaking is a little more complex than that. Let me tell you in simple, short words: Jailbreaking means gaining the ability to install custom third-party apps on your device and is a process through which you can get rid of all the restrictions that Apple has put on your device. Voila! That is jailbreaking for you.
Jailbreaking is one of the coolest things to come to iOS but sadly not everything is fun and games so for those of you that are still on the ropes trying to the side of jailbreaking is right for you, I will be giving you the top reasons, cons, and the consequences that will convince you “Why you shouldn’t jailbreak?”
Reasons Why One Should Not Jailbreak:
Below are the reasons enlisted that we will be discussing in detail regarding why not to jailbreak:
- iPhone gets exposed to the Malware
- Complicates user experience
- Expensive applications
- Lack of reliability
iPhone gets exposed to the Malware:
The one thing that’s a major concern is Malware after you jailbreak your iPhone or iOS product gets exposed to the Malware, and side loading applications don’t only allow you to side load city apps but it also allows you to side load malware. Just think about this, in particular, if you are worried about your phone being tracked or tap, then in the case of iPhone the only way you can actually do that is if you jailbreak the device first and then load the applications that will allow whichever private investigator or service to be after you. Hence, jailbreaking, unfortunately, has this level of threat that you should consider.
Complicates the User Experience:
Jailbreaking does complicate the user experience. For example, if you want to update to a newer version of iOS, you can’t do that over the air anymore. You have to get rid of the jailbreak, then upgrade to the new version of iOS and then restore the device. Which makes everything a bit complicated. Moreover, there are some applications that don’t work with jailbreaking your device like Skype. A message pops “Your device is jailbroken, and you can’t use Skype”. You can use Skype, but it’s not a good idea when your device is jailbroken.
One thing of concern is that the jailbreaking apps are quite expensive if you look at them the average application for iOS could cost you between one or two dollars. You have Intellixscreenx that will give you a three-day trial which is cool but the problem is that cost you then bucks. If you consider the advantages of intellixscreenx you can consider not loading it to your phone but then again ten dollars for the simple tweak is very expensive.
Lack of Reliability:
The worst thing that happens is you will lose reliability. The time ever since you jailbroke your iPhone it will get crashed very often. And you will have to get used to it. Another thing to be concerned about is, when you want to restore your iPhone to factory settings, it is going to be not that simple as it used to be, before the jailbreak. However, that obviously depends on the mileage of your iPhone.
Definitely, your experience is not really going to be the best if you’re out of reliability and the best iOS experience even though some people will debate for that.
There are further many consequences, which can be stated as:
- Jailbreaking invalidates Apple’s warranty on your device.
- Your device will start functioning out of the box.
- iPhone will begin crashing more often, many features and apps won’t support your iPhone anymore.
- A major concern, iPhone’s battery life becomes much shorter than usual.
Jailbreaking certainly does teach us a lot about the pitfalls of iOS security. There are many important things that you will be compromising that are a major threat to the device. Jailbreaking is just like tom and jerry (cat-mouse game). It’s probably better to first be wise enough and explain yourself what you are planning to do with the iPhone.
Jailbreaking is legal, but an action that should be performed only when you have a purpose to go for it. Otherwise, why should one compromise reliability, vendor’s warranty, and get exposed to an exciting but dangerous world of good and bad apps? Neither your phone will supposedly work the way you want it to work. I won’t recommend users to jailbreak, neither I would want to do that with my phone as it exposes my device to lots of threats and especially malware.
Hope this blog was helpful for you to understand what you are dealing with when you jailbreak your iPhone.