Jailbreaking may be legal, but it will still void your warranty
Well, that didn’t take long.
Apple has basically turned yesterday’s great news into just moderately good news.
If you remember, yesterday the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was revised and the new version considers jailbreaking a matter of fair use, thus making it legal.
The question that no one had the answer to back then was whether this meant that you can now head to your Apple store and ask for repairs under warranty on a jailbroken iPhone.
Apple have kindly made things clear today. And it’s not pretty for would-be tinkerers. Jailbreaking still voids your warranty, no matter how legal it is.
The full text of Apple’s response:
“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.”
Now that is a bit ambiguous but it does seem that nothing has changed in Apple’s stance regarding voiding warranties.
Another good question is if Apple would consider suing companies that market or publish jailbreaking software. And in this case, the spokesperson was even more ambiguous, saying just that they haven’t done so in the past. Whatever that means for the future.
An estimated number of 10 million iPhones are currently jailbroken, and, despite the warranty issue, the revised DMCA may make the whole jailbreaking scene hit the mainstream, and not be reserved to the underground as before.
This is wishful thinking for now, but making jailbreaking legal has certainly set the foundation. Whether or not people will build something upon it remains to be seen.
Via Cult of Mac