Initially the Internet was created to share and access content from other nodes. But soon enough companies came in trying to make money off it. An open source allows the collaboration of other nodes to use the creativity of other sot alter and improve previous ideas. As shown in the readings we can see Android is based around an open source, it is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. On the other hand we have closed sources such as Apple that the source code is not available to the public. Apple has restricted applications, music and operations that they are only able to sync with other Apple devices.
After the introduction to the IPhone which Apple wanted to differ to a computer where you could call and be online at the same time, the creation of the App store was not far behind to allow outsiders to write software. Which may seem similar to Android but Apple pick and choose which Apps they want and can delete them whenever they want. These closed form of applications caused many ‘jailbreaks’. ‘Jailbreak’ refers to ‘the process used to modify the operating system running on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to allow the user greater control over their device, including the ability to remove Apple-imposed restrictions and install apps obtained and other content through means other than the official App Store’. Many think these jailbreaks restored the initial purpose of sources, to be open and free. But in the end Apple is a company that aims to make a profit. In retaliation to the jailbreaks Apple denied service to any device that has installed any unauthorised software and may ‘brick’ the device which would end in the device being worthless.
Jailbreakers believe that Apple is denying the simple freedom that users are meant to have through controlling what gets installed on devices. Those for the closed encoding on Apple’s applications believe this allows Apple to maintain security, quality and reducing flaws, spam and malicious apps. Also the jail broken devices are rendered worthless.
So what do you think? Are the hackers right to make Apples applications more available or are they damaging a good source?
Here is an article on a jailbreaker that hacks into Apple: click here