Apple May Brick Jailbroken iPhones

Cupertino continues to warn customers that use of unauthorized apps is a violation of iPhone EULA.
Despite last week's ruling that jailbreaking the iPhone is legal, Apple is still warning consumers that doing so is a violation of the company's terms of service and that it reserves the right to terminate service to jailbreakers.

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"Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the OS," Apple says in a bulletin on its support forum.

"It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the Phone 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," the note states.

The note was published last month, prior to the Library of Congress' ruling that jailbreaking is not a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and is therefore legal. But the fact that the warning remains on Apple's support site indicates the company does not believe the ruling supercedes the terms of the iPhone EULA.

The issue came to the foreground over the past weekend when a developer, who goes by the name Comex, released a new jailbreaking app. Known as Jailbreakme 2.0, the software is built to allow iPhone users to download and use applications that have not been through Apple's normal approval process.

Jailbreakme 2.0 works with iPhone 4, as well as iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch devices that have been upgraded to iOS 4, which is the newest operating system for Apple's mobile products. The developer is also working on a version for the iPad.

Demand for the app is such that Comex's Web site,, has been crashing occasionally. "Um, I rebooted the server, let's see if it comes back up," Comex wrote Sunday in a post on his Twitter page, which has more than 60,000 followers.

The stakes are high. Apple keeps about 30% of the revenue from paid downloads from its iTunes App Store, but obviously receives nothing from unofficial apps distributed by third parties.

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