iPhone hacking: disadvantages?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by iSlave, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2007
    With the current ease of unlocking and jailbreaking with ziphone, and the plethora of free third party apps along with the ability to choose your own tariff - is there really any reason NOT to hack your iPhone?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2007
    Sure you suffer a catastrophic problem and are unable to reset your iPhone back to out of the box state and Apple doesn't offer to fix it and you are stuck with a very nice paperweight and are posting here about how PO'd you are that Apple isn't doing anything for you...
  3. macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Considering your circumstance, Apple wouldnt even be able to tell you hacked it if it was this bad. Besides, hacking the phone for a jailbreak isnt illegal.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2007
    it's hard to tell them the issue you had when they know the phone was never activated. it's pretty obvious to them.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    The one disadvantage to me is having to decide whether to upgrade or not when point releases come out. I was on 1.1.1 until just a week or so ago. Granted, I don't really follow the iPhone hacking scene extremely closely, but I didn't want to have to do a lot of work to hack my phone, nor did I want the programs that I was using to not work.

    For example, when I upgraded to 1.1.4, I lost the ability to use Customize and ApolloIM without hacking things even further (and more difficultly). If/When 1.1.5 comes out, you'll have to either decide to update and lose your apps, or wait for an update to the jailbreaking process. There's always the "is the update worth it?" question.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2008

    I think the its "what will this update do to my phone"
  7. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Well right now, we have the fatal errors in bootloader which create bootloader version 3.8 and 3.1, which are mutant versions of its dad (BL 3.9), quite enough to scare anyone off.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Mar 29, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Well, the problem comes when you see something screwy happening (EDGE not working or some other issue for example). In the back of your mind you start to think "Is this the fact that the iPhone is jailbroken and/or unlocked" or "is this some other legit issue"?

    The warranty is also a problem but less so than the above.
  9. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    It's the feeling of having to "hack" your iPhone to be able to do the things you want to do with it...

    I have to do it, just because I want to be able to make a phone call with it over here in Holland. So, the most basic of functions forces me to hack it, and therefore I can also install 3rd party apps for fun.

    But.... If the iPhone was made available in Holland, and once the iPhone 3rd party software becomes available via the AppStore, I know I don't want to hack my iPhone. I probably will buy a new "real" iPhone, and use it the way Apple intended me to. So, being able to update to the latest firmware without hassle, and knowing that all available 3rd party software will work perfectly.
    ATM, you have to have faith in the Community....

    Imagine having to "hack" your Mac (or PC) to let the latest version of Leopard work on it... Yeah you'll get it to work, but would you really be that comfortable with it? Knowing that every 10.5.x upgrade will probably break your OS (like the "generic Intel/AMD Leopard" install DVD's out there...)

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