My piece with the Inquisitr,“Pangu iOS 9 Jailbreak: Sure It’s Available But Why Would Anyone Want it?” really struck a nerve with a segment of Apple users. Since it is a subject held dear by so many, I felt compelled to elaborate.
Many users voiced their opinions in the comments section that jailbreaking an iPhone is something that is advantageous. Some cite the fact that, using a jailbreak, users can do things that you can do on a Windows or Apple computer. Another stated that they believe that I hold the belief that because I don’t need to jailbreak, I don’t believe others should either. Another user discussed that Apple monitors the development of jaibreaks, so it can implement beneficial improvements to future Apple products.
“This article is wrong in so many ways, educate yourself further on what jailbreaking can provide the user and their device….it’s all about freedom to do whatever you want with YOUR device.” John Costello wrote.
“It would seem that any but the most cursory outlay of human capital into the Apple device jailbreaking proposition,” the original article states. For nerds who just love computer hacking, understanding jailbreaks would seem to be a prerequisite for many computing careers. I don’t believe that jailbreaking is just going to magically disappear, nor that it necessarily should. Nor do I believe that torrent software will, or should, disappear either.
It should be noted that Steve Jobs got his start building phone phreaking devices, sort of an 1970s version of jailbreaking software, as reported by Slate. Notice that it was not the phone phreaking device that made Jobs rich and famous. That the next Steve Jobs is a 14-year-old iPhone jailbreaker at the moment is almost a given.
“Under a jailbreak, you can do the things that you can do on a Windows computer or on an Apple Computer,” Johnny Vee wrote in defense of jailbreaking in a comment.
Why go to all the trouble of jailbreaking an iPhone or iPhod to make it do something a Windows or Android device already can?
And at the end of the day, much of what jailbreaking allows users to do is to get apps for free. Jailbreaking makes stealing apps possible. Very much like torrent software.
And jailbreakers obviously value money. Imagine the uproar a jailbreaker would cause if he or she went down to their local electronics store and laid down $400 for a new iPhone and the clerk gave them an empty box. There would be blood in the streets. Stealing can seem great when it goes one way, but it really sinks when it goes the other. How about if Apple stock plunged because their sales fizzled and grandma and grandpa had to forego the dream of living in a retirement home? Stealing is wrong and hurts other people.
Apple is a good company and has created products that have unquestionably made life better for people throughout the world. That this very debate exists could be held as proof of this. The debate that Apple is too restrictive and should allow users more freedom is a valid one. However, why mess with Apple by stealing and undermining what seems like a great sytem? Options, such as Windows, Android, and others exist. In some instances, a jailbroken iPhone may the the only available option, but in the majority of cases, a normal iPhone, Windows, or Android device will do a given job well.
Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPod with the true intention of stealing apps and then covering tracks by saying that jailbreaking is really about an exercise in the demonstration of personal rights is spurious at best.
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