Apple has issued a warning to iPhone users that their warranty could be invalidated if they run non Apple approved applications on their mobile phone or iPad.
The warning comes after the release of an iPhone utility that lets owners run non-Apple approved applications. Jailbreakme 2.0 went live at the weekend, and can be downloaded using the Apple Safari browser.
The software works on all iPhones and iPod touches running iOS4, its developers say.
The United States, Copyright Office said after a recent ruling: “The user is not engaging in any commercial exploitation of the firmware, at least not when the jailbreaking is done for the user’s own private use of the device.”
Apple had argued that the use of these utilities broke American copyright law.
Since its release, several iPhone users have reported problems with messaging .
The BBC said that unlike previous Jailbreak applications, which required the user to be connected to an external computer before they could install it, this latest version can be accessed and installed using the iPhone’s own web browser, Safari.
In a posting on Twitter, one of the developers behind Jailbreakme – who uses the handle “comex” – described the new tool as “exciting” but warned that the server was struggling to cope with demand.
“Please don’t e-mail me if the site doesn’t load, because I know that,” he wrote.