General Some apps refuse to run on jailbroken devices

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by noodlemanc, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. noodlemanc macrumors regular

    noodlemanc

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    I've noticed that a couple of games are refusing to run on jailbroken devices, saying something like "This app cannot run when software is installed that compromises device security" when you try and open it.

    Does anyone know why developers would do this? I mean, why does it matter to them if my iPhone is jailbroken? Don't they want me as a customer?
     
  2. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Just dismiss the prompt.
    They show the msj so that they don't have to officially fix issues w/ problems caused by jailbreak apps/tweaks/etc.
     
  3. noodlemanc thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's the thing though: It can't be dismissed. You can only press a "help" button that opens up a general FAQ about the game that doesn't contain any relevant information. Oh, and the game worked fine on my phone up until now - it's only after I installed an update for it that this happened.

    I don't *really* care, but still, this is quite bizarre.
     
  4. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    what game might this be?
     
  5. HankHowdy macrumors 68040

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    Install xCon.
     
  6. BumpyFlatline, Oct 19, 2013
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    BumpyFlatline macrumors 68030

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    I used to use Flex to disable the jailbreak check for a game. Worked like a treat for me.
     
  7. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    If the device is jailbroken, you have the capability of pirating apps. Not saying that you pirated it, but they do this check in case somebody did. That way they can block people who pirated it. Unfortunately, it can affect all jailbroken users.
     
  8. noodlemanc thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good thinking... but the apps that I've experienced this on are free, so I don't think that'd be it.

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    Thanks, I'll look into that!
     
  9. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm, maybe they don't want people hacking the scores? Other than that, I can't see why they would randomly disable the app.
     
  10. Barneygumble47 macrumors regular

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    It is possible to get in app purchases for free on JB devices, perhaps this is what they are trying to prevent?
     
  11. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Nope, jailbreaking is not about stealing. Some developer's just chose to block the use of jailbroken devices for whatever personal reasons.
     
  12. Barneygumble47 macrumors regular

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    I never said jailbreaking was about stealing but it is a fact the a percentage of people use it for this purpose so it is not inconceivable that app developers would try to prevent this.
     
  13. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Yes, people can use an app to hack the IAP and get unlimited everything, thus it would make sense for a dev that has a freemium game to block jb devices.

    That is not what he meant to convey DHL. :)
     
  14. hansonjohn590 macrumors 6502

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    I don't understand developers who go by this. It is extraordinarily simple to pirate apps without jailbreaking. They should invest their time in anti-piracy measures, jailbreak detection is a lousy way out.
     

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