Not that long ago, it took a little prowess to jailbreak, or unlock from Apple’s grip, an iPhone. But over time, it became more and more easy, now, all you have to do to jailbreak the iPhone 4 — just visit http://www.jailbreakme.com.
The browser based installation tool will allow you to enjoy the freedom of loading apps that Apple wouldn’t approve, apps that make your phone things do that they may not want you to as well. But heck, it’s your phone, and you should be able to do what you want with it.
And the Library of Congress agrees. It’s easier than ever before, and reportedly also works on the iPad, running iOS 4. So just do it!
While Apple thought they would lobby to ensure that ‘jailbreaking’ (or placing your phone under your own control instead of that of Steve Jobs) violates copyright, since the process purportedly requires they use parts of the Apple bootloader in order to ensure it’s circumvention of Apples “lockdown” on apps and other features.
“When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses,” Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, wrote in the ruling approved by the Librarian of Congress.
This ruling is great — first of all, it solidifies that the CONSUMER is the owner of the cellphone, and once purchased, should be under your control. If you wish, you can ‘unlock’ it to run applications you desire, or as far as I can see, you can unlock a phone to use it on your carrier of choice.
Steve will have to figure out a new approach to aggravate people’s lives aside from locking their phones, utilizing undefined rules for app store qualification, or testing the latest phone with a previous model’s case, not allowing them to fully test the reception issues experienced with a traditional death grip (or simply said, holding your phone securely).
It’s a good day!
Can’t really explain. Just watch.
iPho (cough) iPhon (cough) iPhone! I SAID IT! C’mon Microsoft, I have this on my iPod Touch for Lord’s sake. C’mon…
A Microsoft employee showed possible applications like enlarging and shrinking photos and navigating a map of San Diego by stroking the screen.
but, it gets funnier… Continue reading