An iOS 8.4 jailbreak has been released, but here’s why you may not want to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on your iPhone or iPad.
TaiG released its updated jailbreak tool today that works with iOS 8.4, allowing users to jailbreak the latest version of iOS. It’s been a crazy few days this month as an iOS 8.3 jailbreak was released last week and received several updates since then.
The iOS 8.3 jailbreak only lasted about a week, which would usually be a bad sign for a jailbreak, but luckily an iOS 8.4 jailbreak has stepped in to take its place. Perhaps the best news is that this jailbreak will likely last throughout the summer until iOS 9 releases, since iOS 8.4 will probably be the last major update to iOS 8.
While many users are excited to install the iOS 8.4 jailbreak, both veterans and new additions to the jailbreak community, jailbreaking may not be the best plan for you, especially if you’ve never have jailbroken a device before.
The process is fairly easy and straightforward, but it’s usually when you start using your iPhone or iPad when things can get tricky. Here are four reasons not to jailbreak iOS 8.4.
No Mac Support Yet
While it’s not necessarily a reason why you shouldn’t jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, having no Mac support for the jailbreak tool is a big hindrance to gaining an iOS 8.4 jailbreak if you have a Mac.
This was the case for the iOS 8.3 jailbreak, as well as the iOS 8.1 jailbreak when it released back in December. Both didn’t offer an OS X version of the jailbreak tool, and the iOS 8.1 jailbreak didn’t receive Mac support until several months after the jailbreak was initially released.
Currently, the TaiG jailbreak tool for iOS 8.4 only works with Windows machines, so Mac users are out of luck, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Mac version release at some point in the future.
It’s not surprising to know that when you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you leave your device open to all sorts of instabilities. You’re essentially hacking into your iPhone and changing around the code when you install jailbreak tweaks, and when you do this, you risk losing any stability with iOS.
Things like random reboots and jailbreak tweaks that negatively mess with other features on your device are possible with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad. This is why it’s usually not a good idea to jailbreak if you’re new to iOS or a novice user in the first place.
Of course, more experienced users can jailbreak without a problem because they know how to deal with any instabilities that come up, but if you’re already not comfortable with iOS quite yet, it might be best to stay away from jailbreaking for now.
You Can’t Update iOS
While it won’t be a problem for the next few months, a jailbroken iPhone or iPad cannot be updated when a new version of iOS releases, unless that new version is jailbreakable.
This means that if an iOS 8.5 update would release over the summer, you wouldn’t be able to update your device to iOS 8.5, unless it’s jailbreakable, which most likely wouldn’t be the case.
So if you’re one that likes to update iOS to the latest version in order to get the new features and take advantage of the improvements, jailbreaking may not be your cup of tea. However, if you’re someone who can be patient with updating your device, jailbreak away.
Another reason why you may not want to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad is because it will void your warranty with Apple, which means that if your device is defective and you need to take it to Apple to get it fix, but they find out that you jailbroke your device, they decide not to fix it based on that. You’ll be out of luck if that happens.
Jailbreaking is completely legal, and there’s nothing stopping you from doing it as far as the law is concerned, but Apple has jurisdiction in that area, and if your iPhone or iPad is jailbroken, the company can void your warranty.
Of course, there are easy ways around this, including unjailbreaking your device before you take it to Apple to get repaired. This is about the only sure-fire method for essentially not getting caught. Simply just back up your iPhone or iPad, restore it to factory settings, and then restore the backup to get to an unjailbroken state.