Originally Posted by kaiser_soze
It boggles my mind that there are still idiots who come on to this site and assert that "jailbreaking" is inherently wrong and that people who do it are trying to steal something. This is manifestly ludicrous, and has been manifestly ludicrous from the start. Every argument to the effect that there is something inherently wrong with jailbreaking is more full of holes than Swiss cheese. These are simply the mindless sheep who took this position in defense of poor little ol' Apple, and who stand firm to an argument that was always as leaky as an old rusty bucket. They apparently are so determined to profess their faith and loyalty to the mighty Apple, their god, that they are not even swayed by the fact that the U.S. government declared that (incredible though it seems) it is the owner's right to decide what software runs on the device that they have bought.
The oft-quoted claim that jailbreaking voids the warranty is also bogus and is another example of people over-eager to profess their faith and loyalty to the mighty Apple, their god, regardless. Apple can claim whatever they want, and put whatever language into the warranty that they like, but it is the courts, not Apple, who decides whether or not the owner did something to damage the phone and thereby lost their rights under the warranty. If your phone stops working and Apple refuses to honor the warranty because you jailbroke your phone, they still have to prove, in court, that the failure was directly a result of your having jailbroken the phone. I reiterate, for those who are too stupid to see the logic here: JAILBREAKING DOES NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY UNLESS IT ACTUALLY DAMAGES YOUR PHONE, IN WHICH CASE THE REASON PER SE THAT THE WARRANTY IS VOIDED IS THAT YOU DAMAGED YOUR PHONE. For all those who are too stupid to figure out this much, let me give an analogy. If you connect a third-party battery charger to the phone and it supplies so much voltage and current that it fries the phone, you will have voided the warranty, because you caused the damage and because this is what any reasonable court of law will decide. But if you connect a third-party charger that does not do any damage at all, then the act, of having connected that third-party charger, does not in any way, shape or form void your warranty, because, in order to void the warranty, you have to damage the phone. DUH. What is it about this that so many people seem so incapable of understanding? All of you people who keep saying that jailbreaking the phone automatically voids the warranty are saying essentially the same as this: "if you connect a third-party charger to your phone, you void the warranty".
Regrettably, there are a lot of people who are so stupid that my having put it that way still won't make them realize the stupidity of what they say, because, regrettably, there are a lot of people so stupid that they will believe that if you connect a 3rd-party charger to your phone that this will automatically void your warranty. So let me try once more to lay this out in simple English: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING TO YOUR PHONE THAT YOU WANT AND IT WILL NOT VOID THE WARRANTY UNLESS IT DAMAGES THE PHONE. AS SUCH, IT IS LOGICALLY MANIFEST THAT THE ASSERTION, THAT JAILBREAKING THE PHONE WILL VOID THE WARRANTY, IS LOGICALLY EQUIVALENT TO ASSERTING THAT JAILBREAKING THE PHONE WILL AUTOMATICALLY DAMAGE THE PHONE, AND THIS IS UTTER B.S.
I REITERATE: WHEN YOU SAY THAT JAILBREAKING THE PHONE AUTOMATICALLY VOIDS THE WARRANTY, WHAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY SAYING IS THAT JAILBREAKING THE PHONE DAMAGES THE PHONE. THIS IS REALLY WHAT YOU REALLY ARE SAYING. GET IT?
Consumer protection laws in the USA basically state that the manufacturer cannot deny warranty service simply because of the fact that 3rd-party replacement parts (or by extension, in this case, using 3rd party software) has been used on a device. Rather, the manufacturer must prove that the damage you're trying to get fixed under warranty was caused as a direct consequence of the use of the 3rd-party replacement part -- or as a direct consequence of malpractice carried out by the non-Apple service provider who installed that replacement part.
Apple's warranty agreement is written in the form of a contract that says Apple will refuse to provide warranty coverage of any product which has been modified to have different functionality, if those modifications were made without Apple's permission. The agreement doesn't say anything about whether or not those unauthorized modifications caused damage; it says that the simple fact that the modifications were performed in the first place constituted a violation of the agreement, even in the absence of any actual damage.
Their argument, I suppose, is that jailbreaking inherently involves modifies that iPhone's functionality without Apple's concent, and therefore the simple act of modifying the iPhone's functionality means that you have violated the warranty contract. After the customer violated that contract, Apple's position is that Apple has been contractually released from any and all obligations that they would have otherwise had under the warranty.
Now, it's quite possible that Apple's position on violating the contract being sufficient grounds to terminate the warranty, actually runs afoul of US consumer protection laws.
1) If that's the case, then Apple is simply wrong, full stop. Jailbreaking doesn't violate the warranty, and you can demand to continue to receive warranty service. Apple can only refuse, if they can prove that the jailbreak itself caused damage to the iPhone.
2) On the other hand, if that's not the case, then as soon as you jailbroke your iPhone, you ceased to have a warranty with Apple, and Apple has every right to refuse to provide warranty service if it ever does become damaged.
2a) In theoretical terms, it doesn't matter at all whether or not you restore the iPhone firmware back to stock or not, because the act of jailbreaking itself was the thing that killed the warranty, and the fact that you reversed the process doesn't change the historical fact that, once upon a time, you initially took steps to violate the contract in the first place.
2b) However, in practical terms, after restoring your iPhone back to stock firmware, Apple would likely have a difficult time proving that the act ever happened, so they would have difficulty proving that the contract was violated, and therefore they would have difficulty proving the fact that the warranty no longer exists.