I had a letter recently from reader Benjamin Frost applauding the way the iOS 7.1 update broke existing jailbreak exploits. Now I’m quite sure this is a very temporary victory; in fact, a jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1 might already be out by the time you read this. Alternatively, it might have been released and then blocked by iOS 7.1.2. But it set me wondering: is jailbreaking actually a bad thing? Personally, I’ve never seen a jailbroken iPhone or iPad with an app or function that tempted me to suffer the extra trouble and unreliability, but that doesn’t mean I’d want to see jailbreaking outlawed.
Once you buy a phone or a tablet, it should be yours to tinker with as much as you like
Apple operates a closed shop, with a tightly controlled hardware and software platform that allows it to build devices that are generally quite reliable. There are other ways to achieve the same goal, certainly, but this is the way Apple has chosen to do it and it is entitled to. But once you buy a phone or a tablet, it should be yours to tinker with as much as you like.
I think the arms race between Apple and the jailbreakers is actually a healthy one. It keeps everyone on their toes. Jailbreaking your iPhone is no different than undoing those tamperevident screws with the red lacquer on them, or using your car for Sunday afternoon rallying. Sure, it invalidates your warranty, but if you don’t care about that, I don’t see any reason to stop you.