Since the founding of iPad Club Malaysia back in year 2010, we have strongly insisted that we do not support nor encourage jailbreaking of the iPad or other iOS devices. iPad Club Malaysia does not allow discussions of jailbreak related topics on our Facebook page nor have we shared any Jailbreak related articles. We are strong believers that in order to get the best user experience from our iPad and other iOS devices, we have to use it the way Apple has designed it.
Recently, iPad Club Malaysia has received several questions regarding Jailbreak and in order to clarify our stand, we will for the first time publish an article to explain what is jailbreak and why we do not encourage doing it.
What Is Jailbreak?
Jailbreaking an iOS device is the activity of hacking into the operating software (iOS) with the intention to remove any limitations by Apple. This hacking process allows the user the access to the entire Unix filesystem where iOS is running on, allowing the download of unauthorised applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store. Jailbreaking also allows unlocking of the iOS device for use with another cellular network (if the device is locked by the Mobile Carrier when purchased).
Jailbreaking technology has been made possible on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Apple TV.
Why We Do Not Encourage Jailbreak?
The best thing about Apple products is that both the hardware and software are designed to work reliably together. You do not have to worry about compatibility issues with the applications you download into your iOS devices. Everything just works. Jailbreaking of an iOS device can cause irreversible issues like:
Unauthorized modification (in this case Jailbreaking) of iOS is a violation of iOS 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.
Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.
Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information, damage the device, attack the wireless network, or introduce malware or viruses into the iOS device.
Shortened Battery Life
The hacked software can caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a single battery charge.
Unreliable Voice and Data
Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.
Disruption of Services
Services such as Visual Voicemail, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as iCloud and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.
Inability To Apply Future Software Updates
Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to iOS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iOS update is installed.
Real Life Case Sharing
During iPad Club Malaysia second Teh-Tarik session back in September 2011, a user has met up with us, asking for help as his iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular model) could no longer connect to the 3G cellular network after the device has been jailbroken. Even after restoring the iPad to default settings (jailbreak removed), the iOS device could no longer detect any 3G signals. The SIM Card of the user was removed from his iPad and plugged into our iPad to test if the problem is with the SIM Card or not. Immediately after plugging in the SIM Card into our iPad (never been jailbreak), we could detect and connect to the Maxis 3G network. This is a real life example we have encountered where jailbreak has caused irreversible issue to an iPad.
Apple spent billions of dollars every year in Research and Development to give us the best and most secured mobile devices possible. Furthermore, we have paid Apple in the money we spent when purchasing our iOS devices for the premium user experience they offer in their products. That is why we choose Apple Products in the first place. So why would we want to hack our own device then?
Source: Apple Support Document