Originally Posted by cynic
True, you can't generalise, however there's a related trend and you can't discuss this away nowadays anymore. [snip]
Sorry, but you really don't know what you're talking about. Piracy seems to be down overall for iOS apps. I say this because so many piracy repositories have shut down. Even Installuous shut down stating lack of interest. Meanwhile jailbreaking is at an all-time high. There are a record number of tweaks, themes and apps in Cydia. While iOS has incorporated many features that were jailbreak features only before, the development of additional features has increased considerably.
"These days, many people jailbreak for the major purpose of installing cracked apps." Citation? Why would this be true if you don't need to jailbreak to pirate apps? If all you wanted to do was pirate apps, it would be easier not to bother with jailbreaking.
"And I'm being completely honest here, most people I meet with jailbroken devices, start showing off some of their cracked apps once you start a conversation"
Really, because I don't know a single person who pirates apps anymore. I used to, but everyone I know who used to pirate apps quite doing it because it wasn't worth it. It was worth paying to get apps updated easily and not worth bothering for apps they didn't really want.
I don't think you know many jailbreakers, or if you do, you know a skewed subset. Have you asked those pirates if they'd still pirate if they couldn't jailbreak? Since you don't have to jailbreak to pirate, I would guess they would still pirate.
But if you really want to see what people are doing with jailbreaking, go to the biggest community on the net and see what they're talking about:
Rarely does the subject of piracy come up, and when it does, people usually jump on the person who did.
"locking out jailbreak users could be a good way forward for developers. I have been toying around with this idea for a while now and been wondering why it is still so uncommon,"
It's uncommon because it doesn't work. You can pirate apps without jailbreaking, and even cheat in games by editing plist files without jailbreaking. The biggest issue though is the developers are saying, don't buy the app if you're jailbroken, leaving those people to say, "ok, well, then I'll pirate it".
"It is very easy to reliably detect jailbroken devices."
No, it's not. Name one app that does this. Many have tried, and all, including Deus Ex have failed on the "reliably" part. Really, the article that Apple Insider posted earlier could've read, "If you haven't already updated xCon in a while, you might want do so before buying this game".
"there are ways of detecting jailbreaks, crackers just can't do too much about."
Sorry, but you really don't know what you're talking about. Clearly you don't, and you're wrong about your thoughts on jailbreaking. Why don't you spend a little time at r/jailbreak and learn a thing or two?
"Essentially, I believe we should all understand developers trying to protect themselves. "
As a developer myself, I totally agree, however the developers of this app were terribly misguided when they thought this would do anything at all to deter piracy and instead just piss off paying customers and actually add incentive for people to pirate their app.