Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Aug 2010 22:47 UTC
Apple Since interesting news that I'm actually knowledgeable about is still a little hard to come by, I have to work a little harder. This is something interesting to discuss: John Gruber, rather famous Apple blogger, is now arguing that Apple is in fact not fighting the jailbreaking community. Wait, what?
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It depends what you mean by "fight"
by Tony Swash on Tue 31st Aug 2010 02:40 UTC
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It depends what you mean by "fight"

It seems to me that Apple plugs security holes that jail breaking uses mostly for security reasons but is probably very happy that that also inconveniences jail breakers. But if a corporation with the amount of cash, resources and will power that Apple clearly does posses wanted to "fight" jail breaking they would be making life much harder for jail breakers. No cease and desist injunctions, no threatening letters from lawyers, nobody busted. All Apple does is plug holes in its OS which has the (from their point of view) the pleasing side effect of blocking off avenues of jail breaking.

I can't see that Apple cares that much about jail breaking - certainly not at the minuscule level that it goes on at currently. Jail breaking is minuscule because about 99% of Apple customers cannot see any advantage to it, and they are right to take that view, it brings the vast majority of Apple customers no added benefit or feature that they feel is lacking.

Apple is obviously keen to limit the spread of any exploits that aid App piracy and that's a good thing. Apps are available in vast numbers and at very low prices precisely because developers earnings are not crushed by piracy.

As a non jail breaker and an avid App buyer I hope Apple continue to contain jail breaking as a super small minority sport and that the App store model flourishes. It's brought me and millions like me nothing but benefits.

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