Press have reported that the U.S. Government will explicitly allow to permit iPhone users to jailbreak their phones and escape the clutches of Apple’s App Store and be able to install non Apple signed applications.
Owners of the iPhone will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. The government is making that legal under new rules announced Monday.
The decision to allow the practice commonly known as “jailbreaking” is one of a handful of new exemptions from a federal law that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works.
Apple maintains a support document describing the problems when jailbreaking their operating system. In short, Apple will provide no support if the phone has been jailbroken at any point and therefore warranty cancelled as it is a violation of Apple’s license agreement.
The new act will deny Apple from denying service to customers who have jailbroken for such reasons under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, it is still a violation of Apple’s Terms of Service.