All set to jailbreak your new iPhone 6 and/or any other device upgraded to iOS 8? Although it is a matter of days now before Pangu jailbreak options become available, you should not go for it immediately. Here is an overview of some of the reasons for that.
iOS 8.1 will be released today by Apple, and fans of third-party mobile applications are all excited about it. Since the day of release of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (the devices on which iOS 8 made its debut), users have been looking for tools to jailbreak their devices – just like it was possible with the Cydia app store/evasi0n for iOS 7. However, the Pangu team had already announced that iOS 8 jailbreak software would be available only after the iOS 8.1 update had been officially launched. Well, that happens today – but you should not jump into the ‘I-have-to-jailbreak-my-iPhone’ bandwagon now due to the following reasons:
- Warranty on your iPhone would become void – The moment you jailbreak your iOS device, all Apple guarantee statements on it become null and void. If your new iPhone develops a technical glitch, you will not be able to get it sorted out from the service providers at Apple store. Of course, you can work around this by restoring your jailbroken handset to factory settings. However, there is always the chance that the mobile is not restorable through iTunes. That would land you in a big fix!
- iOS updates would get delayed and troublesome – Consider this: you jailbreak your iOS 8.1-powered handset, and download a host of external iPhone apps on it. If another update (say, iOS 8.2) comes along in a few months, you will have to install it, jailbreak your phone all over again, and re-install all those applications. What’s more, update notifications might not be available on a real-time basis on jailbroken devices either. That’s precisely why iPhone app developers generally advise people to not jailbreak their handsets, unless absolutely necessary. In any case, iOS 8 already supports third-party keyboards – so that’s one headache gone.
- Security layers will be weakened – Rooting your iOS device can make it more susceptible to serious hacker attacks. Once the built-in framework/firmware has been jailbroken, the default Apple security features would be lost. Professional hackers would have a field day introducing malicious spyware and virus remotely in your device. The confidentiality of your important phone documents might also get compromised. Apple Pay would become usable with iPhones upgraded to iOS 8.1 – and if your device is jailbroken, making digital payments would become risky too.
- Jailbroken apps are not always free – In fact, most of the good ones at the Cydia store are paid applications. Mobile app companies typically release pricey apps that can be installed on iDevices, only after the latter have been jailbroken. Now, iTunes has more than 1.3 million apps – some of the coolest ones (from mobile games, to external keypads and messaging and app switching tools) are free – and if you do not wish to spend unnecessarily on new apps, there is no point doing an iOS 8 jailbreak immediately.
- Battery performance would take a hit – Getting a jailbreak done would enable you to customize your phone in just the way you like. Fair enough, but have you considered what effect this high-end personalization has on your phone battery and processor? As you keep apps running in the background, activate and share GPS functions, and play around with other jailbroken software, battery consumption rates increase and the processor gets overloaded. It might not be long before you have to tag along your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with its charger – wherever you go. Not particularly convenient, right?
- App crashes and screen freezes will become more frequent – And, the time required to launch new apps would also increase. Surveys conducted by mobile testing experts and iPhone app development analysts have shown that the number of times a jailbroken iDevice freezes is, on average, way higher than a phone or tablet with original settings. Launching the phone camera or iMessages can also take significantly longer, after an iOS 8 jailbreak has been done. Every time the screen gets frozen, you will have to do a ‘soft reboot’. Over time, the phone might get damaged due to this.
- The problems of iOS 8.0.2 will return – Apple’s iOS 8.0.2 copped so much flak principally due to the increased number of call drops and connection disruptions on devices that had been upgraded. The first set of Pangu jailbreak tools are not likely to be really great – and there is every chance that those problems will remain, or even become more serious. The data speeds will become painfully low, connectivity issues might crop up, and Apple Maps (not particularly reliable in any case) can malfunction too. It would be advisable to wait for a couple of months before jailbreaking your new iPhone (if you deem it really necessary, that is).
- Chances of a jailbreak failure – Every vendor promises ‘instant jailbreak’. You need not believe such tall claims. There have been, and will be, cases when jailbreaking fails – and you would have to repeat the steps all over again. The other way out is restoring factory settings, but that would necessitate re-installing all your mobile apps, files and pictures. If you are indeed planning to perform a jailbreak, keep aside around 4-5 hours for the task. If the jailbreak is successful at the first go, consider yourself lucky!
- Possible anomaly in app behavior – Users of jailbroken phones as well as iOS developers have reported that many iPhone/iPad apps (including those downloaded from the Apple App Store) behave unpredictably on modified devices. For example, an error message might be flashed regarding the incompatibility of a pre-installed app, which was working absolutely fine earlier. On iOS 8, you have plenty of customization options – why take the risk of compromising the reliability of your favorite apps?
- Problems in data syncing and notifications generation – According to established iPhone app development companies, applications that require the Push Notification feature of Apple do not work well on jailbroken iDevices. Users often face problems while syncing their data on iCloud as well, after performing a jailbreak. Even regular features like Weather and Visual Voicemail might not work properly.
- A jailbroken iPhone is as unsafe as your computer – If you have jailbroken your brand new iPhone 6 and it gets stolen, you have every reason to be very worried (particularly if you have deactivated the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature). Any person who gets hold of your handset can simply plug it on to a computer, and get access to the entire file database stored in the phone. There are applications (e.g. DiskView) that can be used to change the filesystem as well. Your high-end smartphone will become just like any normal PC – with unauthorized data access being a definite possibility.
- Will you be able to install future updates at all? – We have touched upon the problem of installing updates and re-jailbreaking earlier. However, there are certain third-party applications that block all iOS updates (in other words, damage the iOS framework). As a result, when you try to install the new update – for instance, when iOS 8.2 comes along – the device might become inoperable/unresponsive. In case you do not change the root password after jailbreaking your device, there is no saying what type of apps you will come across. And you won’t be able to seek Apple’s help either!
All things said, there will be plenty of people doing iOS 8 jailbreak – as soon as the software tools become available. Remember, if you join the rush, you will have to bear the entire responsibility of any probable damage in your iPhone. Jailbreaking is not a legal offence or anything, but there are plenty of justifiable reasons why Apple as well as leading mobile app companies advise people to stay away from it!