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Apple's jailbreaking-free dreamland, where its customers are safe from the evils of jailbreaking.  (Source: Free Webs)
Company says it needs you not to jailbreak to keep you safe

Apple really cares about you.  That's why it fought so long and hard to prevent you from jailbreaking your iPhone and running unauthorized apps, or unlocking your SIM card and jumping to another network.  In fact, it only tried to brick your unlocked phone because it is so concerned about whether you're having a quality experience.  

Or, at least that's the line Apple's spokeswoman was trying to sell in the wake of the legalization of jailbreaking, based on revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by researchers at the Library of Congress.

Apple released for following statement to
Cult of Mac:

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.

Apple's spokeswoman confirms that while the government may say its legal, jailbreaking violates your warranty -- but only because the company cares so much about your experience.  She commented that the company hadn't yet filed any suits against makers of jailbreaking or SIM unlocking software.

While Apple obviously isn't happy with the changes, underground iPhone developers like George Hotz and the iPhone Dev Team are rejoicing.  The change means they will have the opportunity to sell their jailbreaking/unlocking tools more openly, rather than merely seeking donations.  They can also rest easy that they are unlikely to be prosecuted for their efforts.

The shift is also beneficial for Cydia.  Cydia, an underground app store specializing in safe unauthorized apps (such as tethering apps), has been picking up steam of late.  It services the estimated millions of jailbroken iPhones in the wild.

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RE: Makes sense
By NorthernYankee on 7/27/2010 11:00:49 AM , Rating: 3
Yes that is true but there is more to it. There is a Federal Law called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which states that the warrantor must prove that the modification cause the failure.

So for your analogy of the Turbo, yes they could deny warranty on the drivetrain, but if your power windows broke they would still have to fix that under warranty.

So going back to apple, now what I am saying is hypothetical and would probably have to be challenged in court, but if you jailbreak and say the Home button stopped working they would have a hard time saying that a jailbreak caused that. So with these changes to the DMCA invalidating your entire warranty due to a jailbreak might not be legal.

RE: Makes sense
By omnicronx on 7/27/2010 12:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, for the vast majority of jailbreakers, rooting your phone should not be causing any extra stress to the hardware.

Now of course if Apple could say prove your were OC'ing your phone, then of course you should be denied warranty, but I would find it hard to believe that Apple could ever prove that getting root access to a unix based device can do harm in the vast majority of cases.

RE: Makes sense
By Iaiken on 7/27/2010 2:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for posting this so that I didn't have to.

This is the same in both American and Canadian consumer law.

Even in the case of the turbo "example", they would actually have to prove that the modification is directly responsible for the failure. You would need to go pretty far overboard with the boost in order to experience such a failure at which point it serves you right. If your jail breaking software also overclocks the processor to 1Ghz then it serves you right.

A more reasonable parallel would be putting a better air intake and exhaust on your car to free up the engine a bit more. In this case, the warrantor will find it utterly impossible to blame a failed engine gasket on your modification. Likewise, most of these jailbreakers leave the hardware alone, they just open up root access and the ability to install applications that Apple has PooPoo'd.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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