August 5, 2013 Last Updated 10:23 am

NFL warns users of its newly update mobile app, it won’t work on jailbroken iPhones

Just how many iPhone users have jailbroken their iPhones? That is the question I had to ask myself after looking at the recently updated NFL Mobile app. The app has received an update just in time for the first preseason football game to be played (does anybody actually watch preseason football?).

The app has been around for a while, but for some reason this season’s version has jumped to 8.0 from 3.11.

screen480x480The new app drops mPOINTS, the SessionM program that VentureBeat once described as “makes any app into a pointless effort to gain points.” Apparently some users will miss it.

But the biggest complaint comes from jailbreakers as right in the app description the NFL says “NFL Mobile not supported on jailbroken devices.” I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that warning before.

So owners of jailbroken iPhones have flooded the App Store with negative reviews which got me wondering “does anyone still jailbreak their iPhone?” The answer is yes, of course. In fact, the last jailbreak software, released earlier this year, was downloaded by 7 million users almost immediately.

There used to be lots of reasons to jailbreak an iPhone, but over the years many of these have disappeared as Apple and the carriers have added new features such as tethering and streaming. But by far the biggest reason remains the ability to customize the lockscreen and general look of the iPhone’s interface.

That got me thinking, with the introduction of iOS 7 and the rather radical redesign of the icons and look of iOS will users be even more eager to jailbreak the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system?

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