Is Jailbreaking safe?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by electrikalex, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. electrikalex macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007

    I've always had my ipod touch jailbroken, but now my dad has an iphone 3g and i've half convinced him to jailbreak it. However, he is still unsure how safe it is and if a future update could brick it...obviously I'm not going to tell him its safe because then he'd blame me if anything happened to it so does anybody no what can happen and how to avoid it??

    thank you very much
  2. Opie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2008
    For the most part it is safe. As long as you follow the directions and DO NOT interrupt the process. Now as far as future firmware updates bricking the phone if you restore it BEFORE you update it then you will be fine. I have jailbroken mine and my wifes and had no problems. Also as long as he doesnt install a bunch of crap then he probably wont even be able to tell a difference in performance at all. I believe that the winterboard themes are what causes the slowdown. Thats just my opinion. So tell him to go for it. Even if it BRICKS which is a term thrown around to loosely he can do a DFU restore and it will be like new. Good Luck. Oh yeah use quickpwn not pwnage.
  3. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    Yes, it is true that a future update theoretically COULD brick the iPhone. However due to the scale of the community that exists who jailbreak their iPhones, people are willing to do it first and tell others if it works or not. There is also the official iPhone Dev Team to go to with any questions.
  4. electrikalex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    Very Helpful

    Thank you both very much, thats been soo helpful
  5. FrederalXpress macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2008
    Not particularly dangerous

    This is just opinion but i am sure apple is very aware of the amount of users who jailbreak their iphones (just like they know exactly who and how many people use their phones for tethering.. come on... they k n o w). The reasons for not instabricking everyone's jailbroken iphones, which they could do in an update (or without one for that matter) or lock down the system even more, is because it serves as a platform for what users might actually want. This can be evidenced by their recent announcement that there will be a paid tether service (theirs sounds pretty crappy though; 5 gig limit, 30 MORE bucks a month) as well as what looks like theming in a revision or two. I wish i could find that video where peeps from apple were checking out cydia and it's repositories :/. Was pretty cool.
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I just did the quickpwn thing and it was quick and easy to understand. I actually did the DFU Restore once to test the system and it worked like a charm. Everything back to normal...:cool:

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