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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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