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Jailbreaking Thoughts


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During live calls recently, Oscar wanted to know my thoughts on jailbreaking now that the courts have decided that it’s legal. It’s not that I dislike jailbreaking in the past. I didn’t find it compelling. I love my iPhone because it comes with a total package – the hardware, software and user experience are all excellent. Sure, I’m not happy with AT&T much of the time, but why would I want to take a chance of messing up my phone for that reason alone?

I was at a local tweetup recently, and someone went on and on about their jailbroken phone. He showed me a couple of neat things he could do with his iPhone that I cannot. However, as he’s showing me what it can do, the phone began rebooting. Yeah – I don’t want to do that to my phone.

If someone wants to jailbreak their phone, go for it. I don’t plan to do so with my phone. I actually think Google should work to develop a version of Android specifically for the iPhone, since so many people want to jailbreak them.

I doubt I will ever jailbreak my iDevices.

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What are Your Thoughts on Legal Jailbreaking?


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After the court system in the United States declared that jailbreaking a device is not illegal in and of itself, TechRob asked how we feel about it over on Lockergnome. This is something that is being discussed all over the Internet, even weeks after the ruling was handed down. It opens a whole new set of questions which tech pundits everywhere are trying to determine the answers to.

I realize this has been a gray area until now. However, you can now legally jailbreak any device without fear of reprisals. Apple, of course, still claims you’re going to void your warranty if you jailbreak your iPhone. However, this leaves the door open for entrepreneurial interests. This was the right move, in my mind. It’s YOUR device, right? You should be able to run it on any network you choose.

I’m going to bet that within a year’s time, Google will develop a version of Android specifically for the iPhone. It will be made so that you can choose to boot your iPhone into either iOS 4 or Android. It’s sort of like what you do with Boot Camp on a Mac, right? Google has a huge opportunity here. It’s legal to jailbreak a device even if Apple will continue to complain about voiding the warranty. For those of you who don’t really care about that, having an easy way to run Android on the iPhone is going to be a huge difference.

It has to be your choice. Do you care if you void the warranty on your mobile device? Is it more important to you to be able to have the choice of carriers – and operating systems? At this point, I won’t be jailbreaking anything. However, if there were a solid Android operating system available – backed by Google themselves – I would seriously consider doing so. Would you?

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Is Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad Bad?


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Now that the iPad is available over in the UK, many of our community members who live there are ordering as fast as they can. However, one particular person called in to express his disgust over the fact that his friends plan to jailbreak their device as soon as they get it. He feels it’s “wrong” to do this, and wondered what my thoughts are.

None of my devices are jailbroken. I’ve been asked many times in the past if I have – or will – do this to my iPhone. The answer is simply “no.” I run under the AT&T contract, and that’s how it’s going to stay.

Some people may argue that they want to use it their way, and not be tethered to AT&T. That’s their decision, not mine. It’s not for me… but it’s also not for me to admonish or condemn them for it.

I’ve heard of a few issues where rogue software, keyloggers and rootkits have been installed on jailbroken phones. This wouldn’t have happened with Apple’s closed system had the devices not been tampered with.

I like knowing I’m going to be relatively safe since I decided to play by Apple’s rules. My iPhone and iPad aren’t ever going to become riddled with malware, nor will my warranty be voided.

Do I feel it’s “wrong” to jailbreak? It’s wrong for me, yes. Is it wrong for you? You’re the only person who can decide, honestly. Weigh your options carefully. Research the ins and outs – the pros and cons – of jailbreaking before making your choice. Know what your device will be able to do, as well as what limitations may be placed upon it.

Then – and only then – will you know if it’s right for you.

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Jailbroken iPad Already

There was a lot of buzz in the weeks leading up to the official iPad release date as to how quickly the device would be jailbroken. Less than 24 hours after the launch, the inevitable has already happened.

The infamous iPhone Dev-Team was able to gain root access the hottest new device on the market. The crew claims that the hack isn’t ready yet for public distribution, but promise they are working on it. According to the team, it will work with all versions of both the iPhone and iPod touch (and likely the iPad 3G as well).

I don’t jailbreak my devices, and I don’t plan to start with the iPad. However, I know that many people do. Keep in mind that performing these actions will completely void your warranty, and can render your device unusable in some instances.

Apple iPhone SDK

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Jeff called in to ask about the SDK coming out for the iPhone. He’s wondering if I know of any programs in development or coming out soon, that may enhance the iPhone’s functionability.

Here is a direct quote from Apple:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once — provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones — this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.

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VMware and iPhone Hacking

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This caller had two questions for me! The first was that they are having a difficult time installing VMWare Tools in Linux inside a Virtual Machine. The second question dealt with iPhone Hacking.

I’ve had to do this before. You’re probably not going to run through a GUI installer. You’re going to drop into a terminal. I believe it’s VMware-install.pl is the command. VMware Fusion is a sponsor of ours here at the live show. The VWmware Tools software, which if installed in a Virtual Machine, is designed to help make the useability and virtual integration between the host machine and the virtual machine seamless. The Linux one is a little different. When installing, it mounts as a virtual CD. You should have a zip file on there. Drop to a command line within Linux, and CD to that directory.

The second question the caller had was “I am currently paying about $70 a month for the iPhone AT&T bill. I am wondering if I should unlock it, and go with another provider”? My answer is to stick with AT&T. If you run into any support issues in the future, you’re hosed. You have no options. It doesn’t make any sense to me. $70 is admittedly a lot of money. You have to do what you are comfortable with. I just don’t recommend Jailbreaking.

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What is iPhone JailBreak?

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I’ve had my iPhone for a few months now, and I’ve talked about it several times in previous videos. People ask me all the time if I have or am going to use JailBreak to hack my iPhone. Here are five reasons why I have not… and likely will not… hack my iPhone.

  • #1. It’s not sanctioned by Apple. Apple has been very careful with how they have developed their hardware, and are very closed about it. When someone develops something for an Apple product and that development isn’t sanctioned by Apple, you run the risk of it not working as it should, conflicting with the device itself, or just all-around bricking that iPhone.
  • #2.My iPhone just works already. It’s not perfect, no. There are other things that I wish it could do, yes. But… it’s not doing anything that I don’t want it to do. So why mess with something that already works?
  • #3. There is an SDK (Software Development Kit) coming soon from Apple. This will allow developers to create more things for the iPhone. With the enthusiasm already shown for this, I am confident some pretty cool things will be created in no time, and released.
  • #4. Hacks can lead to problems. I have done this to other devices in the past. Every time, it invariably either messed something else up, or caused an issue with a future update. I need my device to work, not get screwed up because I installed something the device wasn’t expecting or necessarily designed for.
  • #5. Wirelesspacket brought up this one. He pointed out that you don’t have a trust system in place when you use something like this. If it’s not sanctioned by Apple, then the trust system you are relying on may not even exist. You’re trusting the hack will do what it says, and won’t cause issues. But you can’t be sure.

Another thing Lenny brought up is that one thing JailBreak lets you do is to install SSH (Secure Shell) on your iPhone. If you don’t uninstall it, you are very vulnerable when using an unsecured wireless connection. Anything and everything that is on your iPhone (including your phone book and all your stored data) can be recovered by someone else on the wireless network.

So the answer is no… I will not be hax0ring my iPhone. Have you? Will you?

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