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Justin Long appears to be the proud owner of a jailbroken iPhone. Maybe the Mac Guy wishes he was a bit more like PC, after all -- free to run any app he chooses.  (Source: ABC News)
Somewhere Steve Jobs is giving a look of silent disapproval

The iPhone jailbreakers struck quickly in the latest round, freeing the iPhone 4 of Apple's restrictions in record time.  Jailbreaking -- now officially legal under the amended provisions of the 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act -- allows users' phones to run apps not approved by Apple and opens the route to unlocking -- freeing the iPhone for use on carriers not officially approved by Apple.  Apple quickly struck back, closing the PDF exploit that allowed the phone to be jailbroken, complaining that it was a grave security threat.

Now the jailbreaking crowd has received a bit of a morale boost from an unlikely source -- none other than Justin Long, the actor who infamously played "Mac Guy" in the snarky "Get a Mac" series of ads that poked fun at Windows PCs.

Apple pulled the plug on the iconic commercials a few months ago, officially ending months of speculation.  Long was showing off his iPhone apps on Jimmy Kimmel Live and casually appears to give props to the jailbreaking community, by proudly displaying the Cydia App Store app, the badge of the jailbreakers.

Cydia is the most popular source of unapproved apps.  When apps get rejected by Apple, they oft pop up on Cydia.  And Cydia only runs on jailbroken handsets.

Some sources say that the TV producers may have jailbroken the phone and then used Cydia to download the necessary software to display screen output from the phone.  Regardless of whether the jailbreaking is Long's own doing, it's humorous to see that the "Mac" man himself is sporting a now-jailbroken handset.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has long expressed his hatred for the jailbreaking community.  He says that jailbreaking is very useful -- to criminals like terrorists and drug dealers.  In the iPhone's early days, he masterminded an update that bricked (rendered inoperative) jailbroken handsets.  Facing mounting legal pressure, though, Apple has since resorted to merely trying to plug the jailbreaking routes as they appear.

Despite Apple's disdain for jailbreaking and unlocking, the number of jailbroken and unlocked iPhones in the wild is estimated to now be in the tens of millions.

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By jakefalcons on 8/18/2010 11:55:01 AM , Rating: 5
why is this even considered news this whole tabloid coverage of anything apple is starting to get annoying. who cares?

RE: why...
By nafhan on 8/18/2010 12:54:05 PM , Rating: 3
My guess is it has something to do with the number of hits and/or comments on articles like this...

RE: why...
By Motoman on 8/18/2010 1:31:47 PM , Rating: 5
...starting to get annoying?

The fact is, any article that mentions Apple draws in the morons like sh!t draws flies.

...and in pretty much the same manner, as flies are convinced that sh!t is the greatest thing in the world, whereas the rest of us are aware that it's just sh!t.

RE: why...
By Treckin on 8/18/2010 9:46:49 PM , Rating: 1
Can we get this man a six?

RE: why...
By Proxes on 8/18/2010 2:18:46 PM , Rating: 2
Mick sold his soul for fame. It used to be after you sold your soul you had to be part of a band to do the devil's work, now you just post anything related to Apple.

RE: why...
By Gio6518 on 8/18/2010 3:30:05 PM , Rating: 1
Never cares for him every role or part I've seen him in he's a smug little arrogant p***k you just want to b***h slap, but that's pretty much true of every MAC iDiot, so he was the perfect Apple representative.

RE: why...
By Akrovah on 8/18/2010 5:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
Smug or arrogant? Justin Long's characters? I'll Give you "Zack and Miri" and "Accepted", but have you even seen Galaxy Quest? Or Dodgeball?

RE: why...
By Gio6518 on 8/18/2010 8:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
Galaxy quest rocks, don't remember him in it, and I couldn't make it through dodgeball, he ruined die hard 4, and drag me to hell.

RE: why...
By cplusplus on 8/19/2010 12:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
He was the nerd fan who ended up with the other communicator, if I remember correctly.

RE: why...
By Mumrik on 8/18/2010 10:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
You'll notice that it's always the same guy posting these things and always in the same tone.

RE: why...
By techcurious on 8/19/2010 6:47:52 PM , Rating: 4
Am I the only person who finds it very amusingly interesting that people complaining that these articles are pointless and only "draw in morons", have actually come in to read the article in the first place?
Hypocrisy much? Or are they just confessing to being stupid morons themselves?
Personally I found the article amusing, and the headline was not as misleading as most other headlines you usually find here, so I got what I expected when clicking on the headline link. I mean come on!! The "MAC GUY" was seen doing something Steve Jobs would consider worthy of the death penalty if he could have his way. How can you not see that as a fun fact?

How appropriate
By DukeN on 8/18/2010 11:47:44 AM , Rating: 5
Third rate actor talking about a second rate device for the sheeples.

Must be a slow news day.

RE: How appropriate
By Mitch101 on 8/18/2010 12:22:57 PM , Rating: 5
In his defense the Windows Mobile 7 phone is not yet available for purchase so hes making due until.

RE: How appropriate
By cparka23 on 8/18/2010 12:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
whaa??? u(eduardo) dun like iphon lOL!!1 Haft 2 call out da losrs whoo prlly lissning justin beeber rite now 2 (eduardo)

RE: How appropriate
By paulpod on 8/18/2010 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
FYI since the article did not mention it, he was showing a hilarious series of texts with a girl who texted the wrong number (for Eduardo) and got Justin instead. It sounded like the conversation went on for a long time and the girl never caught on!

RE: How appropriate
By cparka23 on 8/18/2010 3:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I half expected the -1 to be there in a few minutes. Sort of an inside joke unless you've seen the clip, which was buried among the many links in the article. =)

RE: How appropriate
By CZroe on 8/19/2010 2:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, he wasn't really talking ABOUT the iPhone. Also, a JB'd phone is required for video output like that with an unofficial app called "Resupported." Though he or the stage techs may have JB'd "Justin's" phone, it's also very likely that they just loaded his backup onto a stage tech's prepared phone (already JB'd or JB'd right after). IOW, this means nothing about "Justin's" phone or propensity to jailbreak. Yes, I'm putting his name in quotes the emphasize that I don't care who he is and just heard it from someone else. ;)

RE: How appropriate
By Drag0nFire on 8/18/2010 1:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
Lol! F-ing hilarious.

Thanks for posting the link. =D

Big deal, everyone jailbreaks the iPhone
By phatboye on 8/18/2010 12:50:55 PM , Rating: 5
I bet even the mighty Steve Jobs has jailbroken his iPhone. I wouldn't blame him if he did either, it's the only way to make that craptastic phone halfway usable.

RE: Big deal, everyone jailbreaks the iPhone
By jabber on 8/18/2010 12:59:24 PM , Rating: 2
Jobs use an iPhone like everyone else?

Nah I bet he uses a $30 Nokia, he isnt stupid.

By Cheesew1z69 on 8/18/2010 1:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
He uses Android ;)

By phatboye on 8/18/2010 7:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
Jobs use an iPhone like everyone else? Nah I bet he uses a $30 Nokia, he isnt stupid.
or is he...

By conflictxinside on 8/18/2010 1:08:53 PM , Rating: 5
People watch Jimmie Kimmel?

Video Out App
By CColtManM on 8/18/2010 1:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
Which app on Cydia allows for the video to be outputed?

RE: Video Out App
By PrinceGaz on 8/18/2010 2:35:32 PM , Rating: 2

Jobs is not the mastermind.
By Shadowself on 8/18/2010 8:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has long expressed his hatred for the jailbreaking community. He says that jailbreaking is very useful -- to criminals like terrorists and drug dealers. In the iPhone's early days, he masterminded an update that bricked (rendered inoperative) jailbroken handsets.

Steve Jobs didn't mastermind any update, ever. He's about as technically competetant as a bricked iPhone. He may have gotten behind it and pushed it once it was presented to him by others. But to even imply that Jobs had any hand in either instigating, devising or carryout anything to do with a software or hardware update is pure lunacy.

RE: Jobs is not the mastermind.
By phatboye on 8/18/2010 10:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
while I agree that he may not have came up with the idea himself, to refer to Steve as "technically competetant as a bricked iPhone" is not only wrong but very misinformed. Steve got his start in the business as a programmer for Atari back in the 70's.

He probably didn't do it!
By SpaceRanger on 8/18/2010 12:41:49 PM , Rating: 3
My guess is gonna be on the production crew doing the JB'ing. Here's why:

They are on the last page of apps, and the last 2 apps installed were Cydia, and TVOutTuner.

My guess is in order to for Audience and TV viewers to see what he was talking about (the text chain), they needed to use TVOutTuner, which is available from Cydia. You do the math...

Unlikely, but ...
By SunAngel on 8/18/2010 3:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
the number of jailbroken and unlocked iPhones in the wild is estimated to now be in the tens of millions.

I know it's not 10 Million, but it could be 9,999,999. I am 100% certain there is at least 1 un-jailbroken phone in the wild.

By just4U on 8/18/2010 6:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's a bit of irony that the MacGuy (Justin Long) is using a jailbroken phone. I consider it worth posting to DT, not sure why some think otherwise.

Good for a chuckle that's for sure!

By hiscross on 8/20/2010 6:36:02 PM , Rating: 2
Apple sent me once those free bumpers so after I put it on, my iPhone 4 is now on the Verizon network. Still no free tethering.

By morphologia on 8/18/2010 6:19:02 PM , Rating: 1
Surely, those of you that contest the newsworthiness of this (and other) articles can find something else to do, something that doesn't invlove reading - and then complaining about - articles you claim should never be written?

Really, aside from the fact that commenting on a story automatically makes it perceivable as newsworthy, you must also consider how utterly useless it is to clog a discussion board with posts that essentially amount to "This is not worth discussing. Go away, nothing to see here."

Do you also watch the 9 o'clock news and critique the anchors' grammar, fashion sense and hairstyle? Or is this just a facet of your sparkling online persona?

Really, I can't be the only one that's sick of it...

By DigitalFreak on 8/18/10, Rating: 0
By smackababy on 8/18/10, Rating: -1
RE: news?
By HakonPCA on 8/18/2010 11:25:17 AM , Rating: 2
not 1? Like Literally? I call foul.

RE: news?
By MrTeal on 8/18/2010 11:39:17 AM , Rating: 5
Maybe he doesn't have a lot of friends. Leave the poor guy alone.

RE: news?
By blueaurora on 8/18/2010 11:39:44 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe he doesn't know a lot of people with an iphone? :)

RE: news?
By SSDMaster on 8/18/2010 11:44:28 AM , Rating: 3
There's people running Droids at stock frequencies too. It's a crazy world out there. Not sure why these people spend so much money on a device and then decide not to use it.

I like it when people say their smartphone goes on one charge for a couple days... Why'd you buy a smartphone if your not going to use it?

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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