While iOS hackers scored a legal victory with Monday’s ruling by the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress that jailbreaking and unlocking is technically legal, Apple is still not down with it. We know… like you’re surprised, right?
MacRumors is reporting that Apple has issued an official statement on Monday’s ruling by the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress, effectively creating an exception to the current Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which now makes it legal for users to jailbreak or root their smartphones in order to install unauthorized applications.
According to Cult of Mac, who requested the statement from Apple, the decision has not changed anything at Apple, who still takes the hard line that jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad will void your warranty.
“Apple’s goal has always been to insure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience,” the statement reads. “As we've said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.”
It appears that Apple may have little other recourse in the matter now that the Library of Congress has effectively shut down their appeal to make jailbreaking illegal. That means that users who decide to jailbreak and/or unlock their iOS device can’t be charged with a crime, but the irony is that Apple has never actually approached the problem with that tactic in the first place.
That doesn’t mean that Apple sits idle while hackers do what they wish with their devices, however. Cupertino attempts to plug the holes that allow such hackers to gain access to iOS devices in the first place, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself famously referred to it as “a cat and mouse game” -- and thus far, the freedom fighting jailbreakers always manage to find another way in.
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