Jailbreaking is what the process of hacking an iPhone to free it from Apple’s limitations
is called. Jailbreak can be used to make an iPhone usable on any network (official,
approved carriers—AT&T and Verizon in the U.S.) and to allow users to customize
iPhones without restrictions. There are lots of benefits to having a jailbroken iPhone, but
the question is, is jailbreaking illegal?
In July of 2010, the United States government ruled that jailbreaking is legal and and does not
violate copyright, as Apple had previously claimed.
However, according to Apple’s user agreement, jailbreaking voids the device’s warranty.
So if you’re taking your iPhone or iTouch in for service and it’s been jailbroken, it’d be
in your best interest to do a clean restore before the Apple people inspect it.
So you know that jailbreak allows for customization without Apple’s restraints, ability
to download third-party apps, and use on any network, but there are downsides to
jailbreaking your iPhone or iTouch other than breaking the Apple’s warranty. One is that
your device might not work at its optimum level and battery life may be shortened by
running programs that aren’t Apple-approved. Secondly, every iTunes update undoes any
jailbreaking done to your device and you have to go through the process all over again.
So is jailbreaking illegal? No. Apple cannot sue users who have jailbroken their iPhones
or iTouches. So if you want all the customization options and third-party apps and are
patient, go ahead and jailbreak your Apple device.