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  • Apple co-founder likes his iPhone unlocked!

    Laptop: Is there anything you would change about the iPhone?
    Steve Wozniak: I think it could be more like a computer. It should be open like a computer. Anyone should be able to develop their own games and programs on it. And keep the phone and the phone services off guard so it's protected.

    L: So you're in favor of the unlocking and jailbreaking for third-party applications?
    SW: From a business point of view, Apple owns what they have done. They have a right to lock it. But I am really for the unlockers, the rebels trying to make it free. I'd really like it to be open to new applications. I'd like to install some nice games. Why in the world can I not install a ringtone that I've made? How would that hurt AT&T's network? Here is Steve Jobs sending letters to the record companies saying [they] should provide music that's unprotected, but here he is taking the opposite approach with the iPhone. I don't know to what extent AT&T is involved in the thinking and direction.

    Source: http://laptopmag.com/Features/The-Wa...ings-Apple.htm

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple co-founder likes his iPhone unlocked! started by savva View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Destructo's Avatar
      Destructo -
      Yes, the ringtones business is really stupid. Anyway, nice to hear that he is sane, not like Steve.
    1. knowtheobscure's Avatar
      knowtheobscure -
      Sucks hes not in charge.
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      This "war" is for the good of us all.
    1. vampyros_wrath's Avatar
      vampyros_wrath -
      "The Final Battle of The Hackers" as I am calling it
      or, as Steve so lovingly calls it
      "The Ultimate Final Cat and Mouse Showdown"

      But I have always preferred Woz to Jobs, anyway. (This is mostly due to Code Monkeys)
    1. abuimad's Avatar
      abuimad -
      when steve launched the iphone he talked about it being the most advanced handheld to date, and when the iphone rolled out, we were restricted to web apps, and all that technology in a way went to waste....its like buying an enzo and driving it in your garage.......now i wonder what apps he has on his phone....
    1. cockyjeremy's Avatar
      cockyjeremy -
      Freeeeeee the iphooooooone, please Mr Jobs?
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Go Woz!
    1. x999x's Avatar
      x999x -
      I read this a couple days ago, it was a very nice change of pace to hear these words from none oher than Grandpa Apple himself.

      Sadly, I can't stop daydreaming at just where Apple would be if Woz was back in the house. A lot of his interview highlights my exact problems with were Apple is today compared to what it was back in Woz' day. It's that "Apple" that I'm clinging to when I think of the company's image, not the "machine" it has become.

      I like to joke around with friends when they ask who Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are, the answer is simple.

      "See the guy who smiles in his pictures? Thats the one with talent. See the guy who doesn't smile? Thats Steve Jobs."
    1. shogunx02's Avatar
      shogunx02 -
      someone assassinate Jobs and get Woz back on!!!!
    1. xplod4202's Avatar
      xplod4202 -
      I wonder if Jobs saw this, LOL
    1. millchen's Avatar
      millchen -
      we all called apples tech support, and they refer to the iPhone as a miniature laptop, so one might wonder if is not brother AT&T causing the stink here???? After all AT&T looses money from unlocked phones, not running on there network, but than again why not just give up some rights for other providers??? On I see they believe to not make as much money, force you into a two year contract, I just hope that come may other providers open up iPhone access, I think they just mad because they loose money, for me I could care leads bug I understand one might want to have a choice in provider, apple needs to drop AT&T that's what I believe needs to happen , I believe we all are willing to pay extra charge for service , so please AT&T let apple do its job ,
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      mabe this guy should join the dev team then the iphone would truely be myphone not my/applephone
    1. wisecat74's Avatar
      wisecat74 -
      I think we should ALL go back to Windows based smartphones, see how Steve and AT&T like it.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by wisecat74 View Post
      I think we should ALL go back to Windows based smartphones, see how Steve and AT&T like it.
      bahhahaha. No way. I'd rather die then use mobile windows.
    1. davidagustin's Avatar
      davidagustin -
      r u guys aware that the appl. for the iphone to send ringtones via installer 3 its not working right i cant hear my ringtones that i send from my music can anyone help thanks
    1. LinkerX's Avatar
      LinkerX -
      I am sure that jobs has heard about this interview it was all over the place. I saw it on drudgereport and beleave i over heard it on CNN and FOX.
    1. hosies's Avatar
      hosies -
      so now there is a fist fight between the 2 guy? lets all bet on wozniak...
    1. halenoma's Avatar
      halenoma -
      Hi folks,
      just think about what steve did to the newton 10 years ago. Theres still plenty people upset about this including me. By the way my 3 newtons and my eMate r still working fine, in many ways better than the iPhone.

    1. Geigerslave's Avatar
      Geigerslave -
      Regardless, the iPhone is still the best consumer handset, and I do consider the iphone a consumer handset rather than a smartphone. The most fustrating thing is that the platform is designed to be a smartphone, however once again a device's functionality is apparently crippled to suit the carrier. There are a few areas of improvement that I suspect is AT&T's doing, but even running 1.0.2 the iPhone is still an indispensible product, especially if it replaces several devices at once... since I got my iphone I've done away with an mp3 player, organizer, and of course replaced my cell...

      There are a few snafus that I firmly believe will be worked out one way or another, too bad Apple isn't interested in collaborating with their users in the endeavor. My life is definitely better with any iphone than no iphone.
    1. halrogers2000's Avatar
      halrogers2000 -
      I don't have an apple computer, as a software developer, I have done lots of development work for business applications and communications using windows. The problem with Apple was, and remains, that it is a closed system. It seems to be designed for technology takers, user, but not for developers or innovators. This is why there are so many more applications for PCs than for Apples.

      As to the Ring Tone issue -- It's amazing that Apple would disallow this, but as a left-leaning political person, it seems that jobs and apple believe that big brother should dole out everything, and that individuals should simply be happy with what they get, and ask no questions. Apple devotees make claims that Apples are immune to problems, free of viruses, perfect machines -- but the iPhone proves once again that perfection is in the eyes of the beholder. For me, disallowing access to something as basic as custom ring tones sends a clear message -- we know better than you do. I've heard this from some political candidates, and hollywood actors (with minimal education) and it rings hollow.

      The culture of Apple is clearly pervasive, and has impacted the iPhone in ways that are not apparent to the choir members who sing the praises of Apple and don't seem to care about the lockbox conrol Apple puts on their systems.

      There's nothing wrong with ring tones, or applications for apple products, except that they've ruled them out or made those who want them or provide them into technology pirates or misfits. Thank goodness Apple has some competitors who will take what works, and toss what doesn't. An iphone like product from Research in Motion or Motorola, let's hope it doesn't come with any of the foolish limitations of the Apple product.