“We define everything that is on the phone” Steve Jobs

“We define everything that is on the phone”

Steve Jobs

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


6 thoughts on ““We define everything that is on the phone” Steve Jobs

  1. I honestly don’t see the purpose in jail breaking an iPhone. Its not like they offer specs inequivalent of android (often at a much smaller price tag). The only reason I can see justified is that people like the aesthetic and status afforded to apples products. Its still such a high risk investment just for the sake of fitting in to a specific image. I really believe iOS is more for the less technogically inclined who prefer a more guarded approach rather than the endless options available with the android operating system.

  2. With Apple restrictions, closing the use of Apple products to only be synced with other Apple products is also a huge marketing scheme. Without this restriction, it forces users to ‘join the Apple side’. They try to get people to go solely with Apple. Let’s say ‘hey, I have an iPhone now, would be really good if it was really compatible with my laptop’ and eventually you grow into a solely Apple user. They want these restrictions to force you to ever be with them or not. Apple has its restrictions and has their own programs, for example, it has it’s only form of Microsoft Office, and I can’t even recall what it’s called, because ironically, I got rid of it and install Microsoft Office onto my Apple Mac. It shows how Microsoft software and other softwares are open to flexible use but Apple doesn’t. But also, even though Apple has its restrictions the flexible of other software and programs can be implemented onto Apple. In terms of marketing and for the benefit and smarts of Apple, yes the restrictions are good, and Apple is acknowledged by many for their strict compatibility with only Apple, but it would be beneficial for the users to have a broader, easier and more flexible way of connecting all things.

  3. I too probably wouldn’t go to the trouble of jailbreaking my iPhone – for what I use my phone, it’s not useful enough for me. I’m not exactly tech savvy either, so that doesn’t help! This is a solid article, easy to follow and the video at the end made me laugh! Thanks for the links too, I actually learnt a lot. After I read your post I went on a clicking spree and found this: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2494626/apple-ios/apple-sticks-with-jailbreaking-is-evil-warning.html Which is a little dated but might be of interest to you!

  4. In my post during this week I had briefly referred to jail breaking an Apple device and I have to say, I am happy you chose to make your post on this topic. When discussing the principle of walled gardens, cathedrals, and bazaars, I believe this topic is very interesting and quite applicable. Because Apple has established itself as a closed-source company, I believe they hold every right to deny service to those who have jail broke their devices. Also from a legal perspective, they hold these rights because they have published warnings against it – http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3743?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
    While jail breakers believe this is an obstruction of rights, they are subscribing to the product with this initial knowledge. Should they believe in ultimate freedom within a device, they are choosing the wrong product and should know that is a sacrifice they have to be willing to make.

  5. The only real benefit I ever see with Apple is that all Apple products work perfectly within the Apple ecosystem and if you are fine staying within that ecosystem then they are good. However personally I feel that is far to limited and that the closed proprieties of Apple will harm it in the long run.

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