Is Jailbreaking Legal?: A Study Of IPhone 6 & 6S
Read about the jailbreaking issue with the introduction of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Apple revealed the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this morning along with iPad Pro and Apple TV. New exciting features were introduced including 3D Touch, 12-megapixel rear camera, rose gold finish and an ‘Emergency Selfie’ feature. Way to go Apple!!
However did Apple do anything to address the long lasting issue of jailbreaking?
Does iPhone 6s and 6s Plus allow you to customise interface?
Does iPhone 6s and 6s Plus allow the use of Cydia?
Does iPhone 6s and 6s Plus allow 5-icons dock?
Is jailbreaking iPhone 6s or 6s Plus illegal?
In one word, No. It is highly doubtful that Apple will take any deliberate action against jailbroken iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones. Apple Warranty does state that ‘any unauthorized modification (aka jailbreaking) of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.” So if you walk into an Apple Store with a jailbroken iPhone in the hope of getting some help with it, you’ll be turned away.
There have not been many cases in Australia which address this issue. We seem to have accepted the view that it is not advised for one to jailbreak any device however if you have used or continue use this method, it’s unlikley charges will be applied. In the past, some hackers and modders, insist that jailbreaking is a right and does it as something of a political statement. For eg. imagine buying a car and not being able to change tyres to your choice of company.
So should you jailbreak your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus?
The choice is in your hands: more theme options or violating the warranty
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