Originally Posted by freddych
There's a few great programs that require jailbreaking to be able to use. It's not just for people who want to pirate software. I use:
- 5 icon dock (lets you put 5 icons on your iPhone dock)
- MiWi (lets you share your 3G internet connection with other devices)
- Poof (lets you hide unwanted app icons, even where Apple won't let you, like the stocks app)
5 icon dock - Big deal. The icon is accessible on the front page if you want it. More importantly, what happens when Apple releases and iPhone security update? Either you can't install it or it breaks your app most likely.
MiWi - a way of stealing AT&T service. You don't have the legal right to do that. Great example - helping to prove that hacking is simply another way to steal.
iPhone OS 4 will allow you to create folders so you can do this, anyway. But if you don't want the stock app, delete it.
Originally Posted by SpotOn
There is obviously a problem if so many people jailbreak their Apple devices.
How many is that?
And most of the ones who do it do it to steal services - so Apple has no reason to support them.
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I have never cared for hackers very much either (well at least *today's* hackers), they seem to be mostly concerned with simple theft of IP.
OTOH, Apple is going out of it's way to provide motivation for the platform to be hacked.
This is, of course, nonsense. The iPhone is the most highly rated smart phone out there - 3 years running. Apple is providing a high level of customer satisfaction -- which means they're trying to REDUCE incentive to use something else.
Granted, you can't produce something to make EVERYONE happy, but Apple has come closer than anyone else - so there's LESS reason to hack the iPhone.
Originally Posted by Arthur_Klok
How does that hurt Apple? I don't get it.
Lots of ways it hurts Apple. Just a few:
1. When a jailbreak causes a phone to fail, the customer calls Apple to ask for help. That uses Apple's resources. Even if Apple tells them it's not covered under warranty, it is still using Apple resources.
2. Some people with hacked iPhones have returned them. That costs Apple money
3. People use hacked iPhones to go onto other networks. Since Apple gets a share of AT&T revenue, that costs Apple mone.
4. People use iPhones to otherwise violate terms of service (see the MiWi example above), again reducing the number of accounts-and costing Apple money
5. Because of hacking, network usage is higher than it would be otherwise, reducing responsiveness - and creating problems for Apple
There are plenty more.
Originally Posted by technohermit
I'm going to take a guess and assume that you think helmet laws were designed to stop innocent people who ride dangerous motorcycles and bicycles from being gravely injured...for their own good. Rather than these laws being designed to save insurance companies tons of money from those grave injuries or deaths.
I think of iPhone jailbreaks the same way. It is frowned upon by the majority of the community because of the potential IP theft, or worse, identity theft. Money, in other words, not safety for safety's sake.
Sorry, but IP theft and identity theft are real problems for society. The fact that you don't see them as problems says a lot.
As for the motorcycle laws, it's not about insurance companies. If that was all there was, they'd simply pass a law that someone not wearing a helmet couldn't collect from their insurance company. Rather, it's an attempt to reduce total societal cost-which is arguably a reasonable function of society.
Originally Posted by solipsism
It's the lack of RAM that has made be decide to return the iPad. Safari pages reload too often which would make typing this up in Safari, switching to another app or Safari page and then popping back to finish this post frustrating if the page reloads and I have to type it up from scratch.