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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 sprockkets on 7/28/2010 6:14:29 PM , Rating: 2
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Uh No: jailkbreaking your iphone does not cause "engine" or CPU wear...you can flash it back to legit IOS in a matter of minutes with zero detectable changes/side effects.


But it allows you to, and that's the whole point. All bets are off. Same thing with Buffalo routers. They pre install DD-WRT on it but without the ability to overdrive the wireless transmitter to save on wear and tear.

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Toyota cannot void my warranty for modifying my car/truck in such a way that it does not change/harm the mechanical function of the vehicle. Saying my engine warranty is voided because I wanted a custom paint job is rediculous.


Never said that or implied it. Strawman.

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Installing a turbo/running an ignition advancer would be comparable to OVERCLOCKING the CPU on an iPhone...which even still would in reality only hurt battery longevity....the simple act of jailbreaking/unlocking DOES NOT overclock your iphone.


But it could allow it. And if the thermal envelope is exceeded, damage or premature wear might happen. Besides, talk to any Android owners who overclock their Droid for better performance; it apparently is a driver for them to "root" their phones.

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A locked cellphone is a tool for a large corporation to monopolize and gouge a consumer base.


Not really. Most are willing to sell you the phone without a contract.

Here's a real life example: Nissan allowed owners of the GTR to take off all the safeties of their car so as to allow hi rev starts. You had to sign a waiver which stated if any damage occurred, the warranty would not cover it.

But since we live in a web enabled world, owners found out how to activate that mode on their own. Then one owner blew out the transmission. They found out he deactivated the safeties. Due to the nature of the trasmission, it costs $17 thousand dollars to replace.

Guess what? Due to the whole debacle of it, Nissan no longer sells the GTR with the ability to disable the safeties.

Notice how it became a problem only when people broke through the lock Nissan had in place.

Putting on third party firmware is great, giving you features and abilities that the carrier didn't want you to have. Now imagine if everyone had the ability to tether, share their connection via wifi, and now causes the network to drag.

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Imagine buying a toyota and only being able to use toyota brand gas on a se 3yr contract term...that you have to pay for each month, regardless of whether you burn all the gas or not.


Ever heard of people leasing cars and how excessive wear and tear is not allowed unless you want to pay for damage? If you chose to subsidize your phone via a carrier expect them to at least get something back on the contract.

Apple and Att never unlocking the iphone in the us does suck. Instead of a temporary 3 year reprieve on the practice of jail breaking, why not make it the law to force carriers to unlock your phone after the contract?

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I bought my first unlocked iphone 3gs last year and it has saved me massive amounts of money, and whenever I have a problem with my provider and threaten to switch at first they try to tell me about cancellation fees and that its against my contract to do this and that...then i simply mention my phone is unlocked... the guy starts saying sorry for this and that and all of a sudden i get transferred to the "cancellation department" and an amazingly cheap deal that i can't tell anyone about gets offered to me.


Good for you. You also paid much more than $200 for it. Fair is fair.

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sprockkets, please go back to the apple viral marketing dept and slurp on mr jobs' wang till your tummy feels better.... jailbreaking / unlocking helps the world by giving users and choice and as a side effect, saves everyone money.


Ad hominem and another strawman. I own no apple products and never will.

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Eff you and the rest of the apple wankers even remotely for trying to stand behind apple on this one.


Funny how emotional you get over an analogy.


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