Jailbreak!

I just took a bit of time to jailbreak my iPhone today… and it’s totally and completely awesome.  There are so many applications out there!

To figure out how to do this yourself, read these instructions and get the tools you need from the iPhone Dev Team.

Is this safe? Probably.  I’m sure it violates some terms of some contract I signed somewhere.  But I have to say — given the seemingly unlimited possibilities for application development that are realized in the jailbroken world — the folks at Apple are being incredibly lame in their furious protection of the iPhone App world.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look around to see what applications you can get when your iPhone has been jailbroken.  Like Snapture — that makes the camera acually useful.

I know Apple wants to be careful.  Yes.  If they didn’t have rules for what could and could not make it into the App Store the whole thing would have the potential to turn into the wild west.  But there’s got to be a middle ground.  Right now I’d say about 95% of the applications in iTunes are TOTALLY WORTHLESS.  Who on earth needs another version of Sudoku?  Some of the thigns there don’t even work (I’m looking at you AOL Instant Messenger!).

And I’m sure Apple has reasons behind what they reject from the App Store.  And they have rules for software development that some of these people are bending.  But I wish they’d loosen their grip a little.  Some of the things 3rd party developers are dreaming up are so much more innovative and useful than anything a developer could make given their current SDK rules.

Chill out, Apple.  You’re totally going to win and you know it.  Relax.  And maybe think about letting some of the big kids play in the playground too.

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  • Ben

    What are some of the apps that you can get if your phone has been jailbroken? And, where do you find them, if not the App Store?

    B

  • http://jeffclarke.us Jeff

    Part of the software that comes with Pwange (the Jailbreak tool) includes two application repositories: Cydia and Installer — which both behave similarly to the App Store.

    Some of the things you can get are cute little hacks like the ability to turn on and off WiFi and Bluetooth with a single click. Some are more complex, like the ability to record video with the camera. And some are just awesome — like an NES emulator.

    Don’t get me wrong — it becomes kind of a pain. If you want to keep it jailbroken you’ll need to repeat this process every time they release new firmware. But so far it seems like it’s worth it :)

    If you do it, though, be sure to back up your stuff. A lot of it (photos, contacts, etc) could get lost if you don’t do it right the first time (which i did not).

  • http://www.jail-break-ipad.com/ Kacy Uhde

    Im hoping to get my ipad in a week or two and hoping to have it jail broken less then a week after that.