Is Apple going to ease up on iPhone jailbreakers? Based on what COO said yesterday, kind of sounds like it

Is Apple going to ease up on iPhone jailbreakers? Based on what COO said yesterday, kind of sounds like it

Summary: In remarks at an investment conference yesterday, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook said that because the demand for hacked iPhones exists, there would always be a level of hacking.That type of hacking could be taken to be the type of jailbreaking that when performed successfully, can "free" iPhone from its tethers to geographically exclusive carriers such as AT&T Mobility in the U.

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In remarks at an investment conference yesterday, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook said that because the demand for hacked iPhones exists, there would always be a level of hacking.

That type of hacking could be taken to be the type of jailbreaking that when performed successfully, can "free" iPhone from its tethers to geographically exclusive carriers such as AT&T Mobility in the U.S.

Since no one at Apple speaks about such sensitive matters without Steve Jobs' OK, I wonder if Cook is sending some sort of a signal that Apple may ease up on jailbreaking-throttles in successive decimal iPhone firmware updates.

At some point, either Apple or the jailbreakers will get tired of the arms race. Not that the jailbreakers won't keep trying to free up the iPhone, but Apple may decide it is time to move forward and concentrate on making the iPhone an even richer experience and stop their preoccupation with matching the jailbreakers' moves, tit-for-tat.

I am convinced that this evolving attitude will then be followed by Apple buying out its five-year iPhone contract exclusivity with AT&T.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Mobility, Security

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  • What the f***

    It will be a welcome move for a lot of Jailbreakers and more so in the interestof Apple. I guess they should not have bound themselves in the 5 year bond.
    gagan.sethi@...
    • Apple and AT&T

      Maybe Apple had to do an exclusive deal with AT&T to get then to make the back-end
      upgrades needed for the visual voicemail ability. Without some type of commitment
      offer AT&T might have said it wasn't worth it. When Apple gets enough traction within
      the market they might be able to buy out the contract and let other carriers in on the
      iPhone. Of course if the other carriers haven't made the server changes they won't be
      able to offer visual voicemail or any other items that require back-end support
      without catching up to where AT&T's system is.
      Mr_Dave
  • I don't see the ATT deal going away

    Both Apple and ATT made a significant
    investment in providing several features, like
    visual voicemail. Apple has also apparently
    obtained a monthly "royalty" from ATT which is
    clearly in their interests to continue.

    The best I can see is a relaxing of the parts of
    the agreement where Apple has to do
    everything in their power to block non-ATT
    phones. At some point it will not be worth the
    effort, especially if ATT is required to start
    investing more money & human resources to
    keep up.

    One key indicator coming soon will be apps
    released by developers when the SDK is
    released. This is one area where I can see
    Apple only downloading if your iPhone is on
    ATT. Third party downloads would be free of
    this requirement, but possibly more at risk of
    malware.
    Ken_z
  • Nokia: No jailbreaking required

    Nokia: [url=http://nseries.com/open]Open to Anything[/url]
    D T Schmitz
  • I don't read Mr Cook's comments that way.

    Mr Cook was just stating reality. Having people using an
    iPhone in a hundred countries through out the world,
    where Apple does not have an exclusive mobile service
    provider, is not a bad thing. If anything, it is a strong
    hint to the providers of a market that they can capitalize
    on.

    Why do people Jailbreak their iPhone's? Mostly, it
    because they don't like the service they get from AT&T
    or they can't get the service in their area. Most people
    are honest and would rather not break their service
    contracts.

    Apple is changing the mobile phone market from its old
    subsidized system. This will be hard for Apple to accomplish, but it will be good for all mobile phones.
    The mobile service providers will be forced to compete
    on quality and service.

    There will be a hardware convergence. The mobile
    phones will eventually become universal rather than
    broken up by technology, coding and different
    frequencies. But, that may take some years.
    UrbanBard
  • RE: Is Apple going to ease up on iPhone jailbreakers? Based on what COO sai

    The DMCA's ruling in 2006 stated that people can legally
    unlock cell phones. So if legality is an issue, that can be
    thrown out.

    The only bad thing about unlocking the iPhone is that people
    void their warranty by doing so. So jailbreakers know the risk
    and they readily undertake it to use the best mobile phone in
    the world.
    theloveprophet
  • RE: Is Apple going to ease up on iPhone jailbreakers? Based on what COO said yesterday, kind of sounds like it

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