Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Aug 2010 22:47 UTC
Apple Since interesting news that I'm actually knowledgeable about is still a little hard to come by, I have to work a little harder. This is something interesting to discuss: John Gruber, rather famous Apple blogger, is now arguing that Apple is in fact not fighting the jailbreaking community. Wait, what?
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Voiding the warranty
by WorknMan on Tue 31st Aug 2010 00:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Why are people so delusional?"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

From the article:

Of course, your warranty should void when you jailbreak your phone; this is only natural.


Why? If I buy a new PC, format the hard drive and install whatever I want, should that also void my warranty? And what are smartphones other than pocket-sized PCs?

I wouldn't expect them to support me software-wise if I jailbroke and installed unsupported apps, or if I took iOS off altogether and installed Android, but unless I just completely brick the phone while tinkering with it (user error), shouldn't I still be able to get support if, for example, the home button completely stopped working, or the screen died?

Edited 2010-08-31 00:50 UTC

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RE: Voiding the warranty
by umccullough on Tue 31st Aug 2010 01:43 in reply to "Voiding the warranty"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Why? If I buy a new PC, format the hard drive and install whatever I want, should that also void my warranty? And what are smartphones other than pocket-sized PCs?


The correct analogy in this case would be that you bought a new PC and re-flashed the BIOS with a hacked version.

Say as a result you perhaps bricked the machine, or something went wrong with the overvoltage/overheat protection logic and it caused your mainboard to fry.

I'd say the manufacturer has a pretty good case for voiding your warranty (assuming this was disclosed in the terms).

Most "consumer devices" are not designed to be user-hacked - phones, game consoles, GPS units, etc. generally fall into this category.

On the other hand, your PC is designed (for the most part) to run any suitable OS - there are numerous ways built into the BIOS which allow booting alternative OSes from the start.

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RE[2]: Voiding the warranty
by WorknMan on Tue 31st Aug 2010 02:02 in reply to "RE: Voiding the warranty"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The correct analogy in this case would be that you bought a new PC and re-flashed the BIOS with a hacked version.

Say as a result you perhaps bricked the machine, or something went wrong with the overvoltage/overheat protection logic and it caused your mainboard to fry.

I'd say the manufacturer has a pretty good case for voiding your warranty (assuming this was disclosed in the terms).


Well, you're speaking under the scenario that somebody actually bricked the device while trying to do something it wasn't designed to do, which of course is going to void the warranty ...

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