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Jailbreaking…Good or Bad?


As you may have heard, people who have purchased an iPhone or an iPod Touch of any generation are able to “Jailbreak” the system. But what exactly is “Jailbreaking?”  iPhones and iPod Touches are capable of lots of customization, but Apple put a restriction on them to make them uniform. “Jailbreaking” is simply breaking that restriction with the help of certain software.
Pros
-Customization
a. themes
b. more room for apps

-Applications Apple rejects: Google Voice
-System wide configurations

Cons
-Viruses can be easily caught by downloading cracked apps
-Can’t turn off iTouch/iPhone without having to restore it when you turn it on again (Tether Jailbreaks).
a. leads to always having on which leads to battery problems.

So, is it worth risking your $199-$399 Apple hand-held glory just for customization and app access?

What do you think? Leave a comment!

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iPhone OS 4.0, iLife ’10, iTablet/iSlate

It’s offical, Apple sent out letters to specific media companies asking them to join Apple while they reveal their “latest creations.” The event will be based on three aspects: iPhone OS 4.0, a new version of iLife – likely ’10, and the so called tablet.

iPhone OS 4.0 is due to have more amazing features added. There are rumors that support Apple allowing some iPhone apps to run in the background, and multi-gestures to e added. Unfortunately, there is not a new iPhone to debut at the January event, but one may be announced later this year. Because of some of the hardware limitations iPhone OS can only have so many new features, since the iPhones battery is terrible.

At the January event, Apple is supposed to relase a new version of iLife. Probably iLife ’10. There is not too much talk about the new version of iLife, but I would expect something cool to be announced, such as new features in iMovie and iPhoto.

The long awaited iTablet is due to come. The rumors keep coming and I believe that it’s coming true. There are a multitude of mock ups and what people think it will look like.

What are your thoughts, opinions, or comments?

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Apple App Store Dominates!

Everyone has heard of the App Store — even if you despise Apple products (Though this is an Apple Blog). Over the past few days, Palm’s “App Store” has reached 1% of Apple’s App Store. In case you’re wondering, they have 1005 apps. The Apple App Store has over 100,000 apps — WOW impressive! All I have to say is that Apps have truly changed the way people feel about their mobile devices. A few years ago, applications on a phone would only been thought of as a small game application. However, now it is something like Call of Duty on the iPhone. Amazing if you think about it!

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Apple App Store Loses 450 Million in Revenue

Since the launch of the App Store in July 2008, over 3 billion apps, both free and paid, have been downloaded.  While that  number seems high, and it is, only a mere 13-21% of these  downloads are from purchased applications (Toni  Sacconaghi).  Despite  these percentages, Apple still brings in  about $110 million per quarter from sales at the App store.  Yes,  the App Store and iTunes in general has been enormously successful since its launch, but beneath the prosperous facade lies a slowly dying retail center that I’d imagine looking something like a dingy thrift store, where things can be easily stolen and the robber gets away with it.

If you have been on the internet in the past 4 years, then you would be well aware of the widely available pirated media littering the web.  Whether you’re a savvy media collector attempting to download every song ever or just a thrifty teenager with an empty piggy bank, everybody has downloaded a piece of pirated content from a media giant such as Ninjavideo or LimeWire.  Such discounted, actually, free, content is obviously more appealing than paying iTunes $1.29 for one two-minute song.  All this cyber black market talk raises the question: What is to become of iTunes and the App Store???

Well, getting back to my original points, as of recent, developers such as NASDAQ have “reported alarming piracy rates for their software, . . . and the ease with which users may obtain pirated versions of paid applications for free is only increasing,” (24/7 Wall Street) thus robbing the App Store of hundreds of thousands of sales!  Since the App Store’s launch in 2008, analysts have estimated Apple and its developers together have lost about 450 million dollars to piracy.  So, to answer the question about the future of iTunes and its App store, it is safe to say that iTunes and the App store may see a decline in sales with years to come, but will ultimately remain a strong leader in the business.  As for Apple, they choose to ignore the current increase of pirated applications and will stay focused on the tens of billions of dollars generated by its sales in hardware.

What do you think?  Leave a comment!

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