Sunday, August 9, 2009

Apple and the iPhone Hackers – the fight continues!

The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and the hackers is a never-ending battle. Since the release of iPhone 3GS, hackers have been digging deep to jailbreak the device. Finally, a few days back the first jailbreaking software for the new generation iPhone was released. As per a web report, there has been a very interesting debate regarding the principles of hacking, where some people have tried to justify iPhone hacking pointing out some advantages that they believe are significant. Well, not every user or iPhone developer is quite happy with the idea of jailbroken iPhones.

Jailbreaking, according to many hackers, lets users install any application they want to on their iPhones even if the app is not approved by Apple. The idea of being capable of downloading all kind of applications indeed appeal to a lot of iPhone users, as they believe that Apple imposes too much restriction on application downloads. Some users are not very keen on abiding Apple’s rules and think that they should have more freedom on using their iPhones the way they want to.

On jailbroken iPhones, users can do a lot of things that they would not be able to do otherwise like – getting apps that would allow them to change the appearance of their iPhone screens, get complete control over an iPhone from desktop computers or even use the device as a modem for laptops.

Apple firmly disapproves what the hackers and the people who fully approves it and take advantage of their work do. A spokeswoman of Apple said – “these modifications not only violate the warranty, they also cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.”

The hackers on the other hand keep on justifying their work by giving two reasons that they consider to be of great importance. Firstly, they believe that jailbreaking gives users a fair chance to use their personal iPhones in the way they want to. Secondly, they find it extremely challenging to get past Apple’s tight security measures. Well, no matter how ridiculous it might sound, jailbreakers have indeed justified their acts this way.

However, Apple on their latest release, the iPhone 3GS has added few extra layers of security measures and encryption. But, unfortunately Apple had left a major security hole in the device’s processor software, which has now become a gateway for the hackers to jailbreak into the iPhone 3GS. But, iPhone developer and users need not worry, as Apple is once again ready to fight back and soon will close all the open holes that allow hackers to jailbreak into the iPhone.

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