Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Feb 2013 01:01 UTC
Apple "Over the last half a week, Apple has been hit with the largest mass-hacking incident in its history. And the perpetrators were the company's own users. Nearly seven million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners have cracked Apple's restrictions on their devices using the jailbreaking tool Evasi0n since the tool was released Monday morning, according to the latest count from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the app store for jailbroken devices known as Cydia. That makes the iOS-hacking app the fastest-adopted jailbreak software of all time, Freeman says." Because, of course, only nerds and geeks jailbreak. There's also a technical analysis of the jailbreak.
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Small percentage
by WorknMan on Sat 9th Feb 2013 01:28 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

7 million seems like a lot, until you consider that it's only about 4% of the userbase. Of course, I think Apple should open it up more, but if you're the kind to jailbreak a device, come join us over in the Android camp, and I'm talking about REAL Android Nexus devices, not the HTC/Samsung FrankenAndroid bullshit. You will find these devices to be not crippled like Apple's offerings, and the bootloader can be easily opened up for all kinds of custom ROM goodness ;)

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RE: Small percentage
by darknexus on Sat 9th Feb 2013 01:57 in reply to "Small percentage"
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2008-07-15

7 million seems like a lot, until you consider that it's only about 4% of the userbase. Of course, I think Apple should open it up more, but if you're the kind to jailbreak a device, come join us over in the Android camp, and I'm talking about REAL Android Nexus devices, not the HTC/Samsung FrankenAndroid bullshit.

I'd gladly do so, except that a lot of the apps I use on a daily basis don't yet exist there. It's basically the Windows/Linux situation as it was ten years ago all over again. I don't see a lot of the productivity apps that I use for Android, or they're just not up to par. I wish they were, and perhaps someday they will be, but most of the apps on Android seem to be more about consuming than creating where as we're starting to see a huge shift toward productivity applications on iOS now. If you've any app recommendations for these:
* iWork sweet (extremely touch-friendly office software with very good MS Word capability, no Microsoft's subscription service doesn't count)
* Fire2 voice recorder (recorder and audio editor with Dropbox integration)
* Garageband (excellent for portable music creation until I can get to a computer, perfect when an idea strikes me and I want to get a rough draft of it down before I forget it)
So far I've just not found any Android apps that come close to these three. There are apps that claim to be equivalent, but they either lack most of the functionality I want or are crash prone. Any suggestions?

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RE[2]: Small percentage
by tidux on Tue 12th Feb 2013 20:46 in reply to "RE: Small percentage"
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2011-08-13

They're coming. Experimental Android support is already in the Libreoffice source tree. That's right, *real* libreoffice on Android, presumably with a more touch-friendly interface than Office RT.

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RE: Small percentage
by bowkota on Sat 9th Feb 2013 11:55 in reply to "Small percentage"
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2011-10-12

I think it's good enough the way it is.
So many friends of mine have come to me asking to restore their iPhones because someone had jailbroken it and they were having problems.

I've jailbroken my first 2 iPhones but I stopped after some point because of all the small issues that kept cropping up; it's just not worth the hassle imho and I'm more than computer literate.

I have great respect for the jailbreaking community; there's lots of great "hacks" out there with great ideas both in terms of making the UI better and bringing new functionality.
However my objection is that many people jailbreak their iPhones to get free apps. First of all, apps are cheap enough and you should be rewarding developers for their work. Second of all, a majority of these types of people come back a few months later with problems that they can't handle themselves.

To conclude, I support jailbreaking but I don't think that Apple should be making it easier for the average person, if only for their own good.

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RE[2]: Small percentage
by darknexus on Sat 9th Feb 2013 12:58 in reply to "RE: Small percentage"
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2008-07-15

To conclude, I support jailbreaking but I don't think that Apple should be making it easier for the average person, if only for their own good.

Ah, that old "we know what's best for you" line. Perhaps they need not make it easier, but they need not make it harder either. I still think an official way to jailbreak would be the best, but don't make it easy and do everything you can to scare those who can't handle it away. This cat and mouse game is ridiculous and is wasting developer resources that could be put to much more productive use. Plus, if you do think about it, the fact that developers are finding security holes in iOS in order to jailbreak is just a bit worrisome. I do understand why Apple closes these holes once they're found because, while most of the jailbreak community are honest, it only takes one dishonest individual to exploit these security holes for much more sinister purposes. I fully support them closing these holes, even though I do not support nor agree with their attitude towards jailbreaking. The more I think about it, The Apple/Jailbreak relationship must be a love/hate. On one hand, Apple hate what the jailbreakers do (officially at any rate) but on the other, they're essentially getting what amounts to a free security audit for at least a part of their operating system.
Edit: clarification.

Edited 2013-02-09 13:02 UTC

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