With the recent jailbreak software announced for the iPhone, many have started wondering aloud what the real risks are of jail breaking your iPhone. There are some legitimate concerns and then there are the highly unlikely risks that sound more like scare tactics. Critics state that there are no obvious problems with jailbreaking your iPhone while Apple claims that doing so will leave the iPhone seriously unstable and vulnerable to outside attack.

One of the most serious concerns is with regards to the legality to jailbreaking your iPhone. Users technically were at risk of being sued prior to a landmark US Copyright Office ruling but that risk no longer exists. In addition, Apple has never actually sued anyone for jailbreaking the iPhone. Not only is it hugely unpractical but also will end up being extremely costly and that is excluding the obvious negative effects on Apple’s brand value.  Therefore, while there are no serious legal issues, the real problem lies with Apple updates for its operating devices. An Apple iOS could disable the jailbreak or even cripple the entire iPhone. However, there have been no reports of iPhones being disabled; it can still be a hassle of users.  The problem is that if the update disables the jailbreak, users will have to redo the process and perhaps reinstall all third party applications. The more applications you downloaded, the longer it will take to redo the process.  Therefore, if you jailbreak your iPhone, then avoid downloading any Apple updates. However, keep in mind that you will miss out on any new features that Apple releases.

Perhaps the most damaging aspect is the fact that jailbreaking the iPhone voids the Apple iPhone warranty. Apple generally stands by this policy and many users who have jailbroken their iPhones have been turned away from Apple support centers. Usually resetting the factory defaults should help hide the fact that you jailbroke the iPhone, but this is not a sure method.