Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Apr 2010 21:55 UTC
Apple Even we are eager with iPad news - especially this variety. How long has the iPad been out and about in the US? A day or so? Yeah, pretty much. That's all it took: the iPad has already been jailbroken. Rooted. This means that if you didn't plan on buying the iPad because you don't want to be shackled to Apple, and were waiting for a jailbreak, you won't have to wait long.
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RE: that thing is a joke
by mrhasbean on Sun 4th Apr 2010 23:55 UTC in reply to "that thing is a joke"
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

What is a joke is comments like that and the belief that Apple are evil because they control their platform. The iPad has a target audience, and as such is spec'd for that target audience. If it doesn't suit your needs that's fine, but for those in it's target demographic it will work just fine.

And with regards the jailbreaking, I find this part the most humorous of all. If Apple really wanted to prevent jailbreaking of the iPhone OS it would be trivial for them, just like it would be trivial for them to prevent jailbroken devices from accessing iTunes and the App Store. But frankly, THEY DON'T CARE. And why should they? You've bought their device, they've made their money. The target audience of their UI is very happy using it as it is, and those who feel they're missing out on something can jailbreak it.

It actually saves Apple a lot of hassles if you think about it...

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RE[2]: that thing is a joke
by _txf_ on Mon 5th Apr 2010 00:42 in reply to "RE: that thing is a joke"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Wrong....

I recall apple complaining about jailbroken iphones causing catastrophic damage to the network and wanting to block it via dmca...

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RE[3]: that thing is a joke
by chandler on Mon 5th Apr 2010 04:23 in reply to "RE[2]: that thing is a joke"
chandler Member since:
2006-08-29

Yup. And thanks to the DMCA, jailbreaking isn't just a civil offense, but a felony.

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RE[3]: that thing is a joke
by danieldk on Mon 5th Apr 2010 08:59 in reply to "RE[2]: that thing is a joke"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Well, it seems that Apple enforces DRM and such up to a point where it makes third parties happy. It is no secret that movie studios and record companies previously required DRM as a part of licensing deals. When iTunes had become such a large part of the revenue stream of the record companies, Apple was able to force them into dropping this requirement. Nobody has been able to do it at that scale before. Why are phones not open? Carriers want closed phones to charge you over and over (by not allowing tethering), game studios want it, etc. For the iPad there is yet another party: publishers. But I guess that Apple will try to kill DRM again if they provide a significant part of the revenue of publishers/movie studios/...

For their own products you can see their preferred policies: there is no activation in OS X, Aperture, iWorks, and others. OS X and iWork 09 install without a license key. And OS X upgrade disks can be changed into a retail disk by just removing one script from the disk.

I am not saying that Apple should be hailed as heroes of the free world. But they are certainly not the worst company. Especially compared with Microsofts annoying activation schemes and 'lets degrade quality if you have an analog hole', or Sony's taste for rootkits and removing functionality to protect their entertainment system.

With Apple, there seem to be only two camps: those absolutely loving everything they do, and those thinking they are pure evil. It's just one out of many companies, that happens to make cool products and DRM-wise is slightly less evil than many others, but not as saintly as, say, CDBaby.

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RE[2]: that thing is a joke
by elektrik on Mon 5th Apr 2010 04:25 in reply to "RE: that thing is a joke"
elektrik Member since:
2006-04-18

"And with regards the jailbreaking, I find this part the most humorous of all. If Apple really wanted to prevent jailbreaking of the iPhone OS it would be trivial for them, just like it would be trivial for them to prevent jailbroken devices from accessing iTunes and the App Store. But frankly, THEY DON'T CARE. And why should they? You've bought their device, they've made their money."

Not as humorous as your comment, given the following link:

http://www.iphonealley.com/news/apple-says-jailbreaking-iphones-is-...

Edit: Grammar

Edited 2010-04-05 04:27 UTC

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