Breaking the Apple’s Code

26 07 2010

iphone-jailbreakAs if the ‘Antennagate’ debacle was not enough already for Apple, the US Government announced new rules today which in turn make the ‘Jailbreaking’ of all the Apple iDevices – iPods, iPads and iPhones by their owners totally legal. The ruling also legalizes the ‘Unlocking’ process of the Apple iPhone.

Jailbreaking is the term used for installing and running code or software on the Apple devices which hasn’t been approved by Apple. On the other hand, Unlocking is the process of breaking access control built in the phone so that it can be used with any network in the US or for that matter anyplace in the world. Presently, Apple’s iPhone is available through AT&T exclusively in the US.

Although the Jailbreaking and Unlocking processes were not entirely illegal, they did void Apple’s warranty. However, this new rule still doesn’t stop Apple from disabling jailbroken devices with its software updates – which means that the users will still void their warranty if they jailbreak and/or unlock their devices. The only thing which Apple can’t do now after these new rules are implemented, is enforce any legal action on the owner of such a jailbroken or unlocked device – which incidentally Apple hasn’t been interested in doing anyway, otherwise it wouldn’t have let the 6+ Million (and growing) jailbroken iDevice owners live in peace.

In all, the exemptions as per the new rules announced on Monday will:

  • allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
  • allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.
  • allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.
  • allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.
  • allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.

The new rules will take effect from Tuesday and will last at least 3 years as the Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office in the United States, reviews and authorizes exemptions every three years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing uses of copyright-protected material.

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27 07 2010
the Success Ladder

Wonderful site and theme, would really like to see a bit more content though!
Great post all around, added your XML feed! Love this theme, too!

27 07 2010
Vicks

Thanks for the appreciation pal… It’s because of people like you that I get the encouragement to post more and more. 🙂

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