Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Posted Feb 16, 2009 20:13 UTC (Mon) by brouhaha
In reply to: Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Parent article: Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Beyond running cracked apps, I don't really see much point of jail breaking an iPhone.
There are many limitations of the iPhone that can only be circumvented by jailbreaking it.
Want to run an applications that does something in the background? Can't do it without jailbreaking.
Want to turn off the "phone" wireless, while keeping WiFi or Bluetooth active? Can't do it without jailbreaking.
Want to use the iPhone as a means of internet access for your laptop or other devices? Can't do it without jailbreaking. (That may change in the future.)
Want to be able to share data between two applications on the same iPhone? Can't do it without jailbreaking.
The list of things that people can't do that they might want to do isn't that long and over time it's been getting shorter.
No, it's getting longer, as people think up new things they'd like to do with the iPhone.
Besides given the apple SDK you can certainly create, run and install whatever.
Actually you can't. Applications you develop using the official SDK still run in a sandbox and have many limitations. The only limitation that compiling applications yourself with the SDK circumvents is that then Apple doesn't get a chance to disaspprove the application.
I'm a codeveloper of some applications being sold in the app store. It's true that some people who jailbreak their phones might pirate my applications. Nevertheless, I don't think Apple should be able to use the DMCA to prevent jailbreaking phones in cases not involving piracy. As in the Betamax decision, the phone jailbreak has substantial noninfringing uses. Banning jailbreaking because some people use it to pirate applications would be like banning automobiles because some people use them as getaway cars for bank robbery.
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