Apple asks feds to crack down on iPhone jailbreaking

InvisibleSHIELD.  Scratch Proof your iPhone 4!“Apple is asking the federal government to help crack down on hackers ‘jailbreaking’ the iPhone,” NBC reports. “Jailbreaking is the hacker term for cracking software restrictions so the iPhone will work on other wireless carriers and allow any apps to be installed, not just those approved by Apple.”

MacDailyNews Take: Technically, “jailbreaking” refers to the latter and “unlocking” refers to the former.

NCB continues, “‘Current jailbreak technologies now in widespread use utilize unauthorized modifications to the copyrighted bootloader and operating system, resulting in the infringement of the copyrights in those programs,’ Apple told the U.S. Copyright Office.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not much meat in the NBC article, so it’s unclear what Apple’s asking for, if anything. Under the DMCA of 2010, both jailbreaking and unlocking are legal in the United States of America. More info: U.S. government makes iPhone jailbreaking, unlocking legal – July 26, 2010

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

60 Comments

  1. Apparently the president hasn’t been set. Sony and apple need to step back! That’s MY iPhone! And that’s MY PS3!! let me ALONE!! Concentrate and better app drm, I just want to run my code thx!!

  2. Actually, the DCMA exemption is remarkably useless, from a legal perspective. It ONLY permits an individual to jailbreak their own phone. You are still forbidden from helping another person [either for free or for money] to jailbreak their phone, or to do it for them.

  3. Of course, Apple is entitled to impose whatever terms it wants on the products it sells. I just think it’s most unfortunate that it does this to an extent that makes its loyal supporters unhappy.

    In the country where I live and in most other countries too, you are free to buy a mobile phone from whomever you like, and later buy a SIM card from whichever carrier you like. Phone then works with that carrier. End of story.

    Far as I know, some countries even make it illegal to deny a buyer that opportunity.

    No one is a bigger Apple supporter than I and no one wants an iPhone more than I do. But I will never buy one until I’m free to use it with whichever carrier I want. I think it is totally against Apple’s philosophy-of-life for them to arrange things otherwise.

    What’s more, I can’t see what benefit they gain for themselves from the current American structure. Why not offer the phone without ties to any carrier?

  4. @grh
    I think I know why you want what you want (unlocked phone up front).

    I’ll explain why I think Apple doesn’t want to allow that with their products;

    “…Apple is entitled to impose whatever terms it wants on the products it sells. I just think it’s most unfortunate that it does this to an extent that makes its loyal supporters unhappy.”
    I wonder if you were to use the iPhone on any carrier, with the limitations of some carriers, if you would actually have been more happy if Apple had controlled the carrier.
    I don’t know that Apple’s control of their products and carriers, “makes its loyal supporters unhappy”.
    Obviously, it makes you unhappy.

    “In the country where I live … you are free to buy a mobile phone from whomever you like, and later buy a SIM card from whichever carrier you like. Phone then works with that carrier.”
    – Well, the phone works as well as the weakest part of each carrier will allow.
    Again, if a phone is made with lots of amazing features, but requires advanced technical infrastructure in the carrier for all the phone’s features to work, wouldn’t you, as manufacturer and seller of your phone, want to make sure that the carrier can handle all of your phone’s features, so that your customers rare happy with your phone?

    “… I will never buy one (Apple iPhone) until I’m free to use it with whichever carrier I want. I think it is totally against Apple’s philosophy-of-life for them to arrange things otherwise.
    Actually, I think if we consider it, we will see that this is exactly Apple’s modus operandi;
    Make sure the hardware and software work as intended, to make the users’ experience as great as possible.
    Apple binds Apple software with Apple hardware = wonderful experience.
    Apple binds Apple phone with specific carriers who can handle Apple’s phones’ features = best user experience.
    Doesn’t that sound like the Apple way?

    “What’s more, I can’t see what benefit they gain for themselves from the current American structure. Why not offer the phone without ties to any carrier?”
    – Please see above.

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