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Apple's jailbreaking-free dreamland, where its customers are safe from the evils of jailbreaking.  (Source: Free Webs)
Company says it needs you not to jailbreak to keep you safe

Apple really cares about you.  That's why it fought so long and hard to prevent you from jailbreaking your iPhone and running unauthorized apps, or unlocking your SIM card and jumping to another network.  In fact, it only tried to brick your unlocked phone because it is so concerned about whether you're having a quality experience.  

Or, at least that's the line Apple's spokeswoman was trying to sell in the wake of the legalization of jailbreaking, based on revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by researchers at the Library of Congress.

Apple released for following statement to
Cult of Mac:

Apple’s goal has always been to insure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.

Apple's spokeswoman confirms that while the government may say its legal, jailbreaking violates your warranty -- but only because the company cares so much about your experience.  She commented that the company hadn't yet filed any suits against makers of jailbreaking or SIM unlocking software.

While Apple obviously isn't happy with the changes, underground iPhone developers like George Hotz and the iPhone Dev Team are rejoicing.  The change means they will have the opportunity to sell their jailbreaking/unlocking tools more openly, rather than merely seeking donations.  They can also rest easy that they are unlikely to be prosecuted for their efforts.

The shift is also beneficial for Cydia.  Cydia, an underground app store specializing in safe unauthorized apps (such as tethering apps), has been picking up steam of late.  It services the estimated millions of jailbroken iPhones in the wild.



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RE: Makes sense
By quiksilvr on 7/27/2010 10:38:48 AM , Rating: 2
You could just remove the turbocharger and said it was spontaneous combustion.

Just like jail-breaking. You can just unjail-break it and revert it back to its original OS.


RE: Makes sense
By Spivonious on 7/27/2010 10:50:26 AM , Rating: 5
Sure you could, but that would be unethical and fraud.


RE: Makes sense
By Noya on 7/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: Makes sense
By bupkus on 7/27/2010 12:55:41 PM , Rating: 5
Whatever happened to the idea that the customer was always right?

Now the customer is simply cattle consuming whatever corn product is placed before them to become a willing, confused, frightened component for a formula to transfer wealth to the top.

Well... at least they can't eat us.


RE: Makes sense
By psaus42 on 7/27/2010 2:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
Not yet, at least.

... I hear the wealthy frown on Tabasco... stock up, develop your tolerance, and baste yourself come Thanksgiving 2013. :-P


RE: Makes sense
By quiksilvr on 7/27/2010 12:09:53 PM , Rating: 1
RE: Makes sense
By omnicronx on 7/27/2010 12:10:37 PM , Rating: 5
Yes... because doing something against Apples EULA is automatically unethical and fraud..

Apple could amend rules that stated that your first born child belongs to them if you jailbreak you phone, that does not make it legally binding in any way or form..

Apple has not brought any of these jailbreakers to court, because its very likely that they will not win. Apple has never been afraid to litigate in the past when they know they have a case, why would this be any different?


RE: Makes sense
By bupkus on 7/27/2010 1:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple could amend rules that stated that your first born child belongs to them if you jailbreak you phone, that does not make it legally binding in any way or form..
Don't give them any ideas!

Whenever business found laws inconvenient and they could afford a powerful lobby they made no excuses about paying off politicians to change the law.


RE: Makes sense
By knutjb on 7/27/2010 4:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yes... because doing something against Apples EULA is automatically unethical and fraud..
So you always break contracts you enter...
quote:
Apple has not brought any of these jailbreakers to court, because its very likely that they will not win. Apple has never been afraid to litigate in the past when they know they have a case, why would this be any different?
Apple will go to court when they deem jailbreaking is hurting their bottom line, currently its an annoyance and I'm sure they are just using the jailbreakers to find holes in the OS. Lawyers and going to court is very expensive, even when you have $45B cash sitting in the bank.


RE: Makes sense
By mindless1 on 7/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: Makes sense
By mindless1 on 7/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: Makes sense
By superPC on 7/27/2010 10:51:43 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately you can't do that to a jailbroken iphone. If jail breaking somehow caused a hardware failure, than your iphone won't be able to work. how can you unjailbreak an iphone if you can't get it to work?

The original poster got it right. do it at your own risk and live with it. of course you could still get it repaired for a fee.


RE: Makes sense
By omnicronx on 7/27/2010 12:02:06 PM , Rating: 3
If it gets to the point where you have a massive hardware error, then unless Apple takes out the embedded memory and looks to see what is on it, how exactly are they going to know its jailbroken?

In the situations where you have a hardware issue on a working phone, i.e perhaps GPS or motion sensors break, you could merely unjailbreak your phone and get support and Apple would be none the wiser.

Now of course there will be some situations where you will be SOL, perhaps your device is stuck in a looping state, but in many situations you are free and clear to merely wipe your phone and send it in.+


RE: Makes sense
By bupkus on 7/27/2010 1:05:37 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
You can just unjail-break it and revert it back to its original OS.
You can just unjail-break it and revert it back to its original iSin. Fixed.


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