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  • Major Corporations Turn Attention to Jailbreak Scene


    In July of last year, the Federal Government brought some clarification to a previously much-debated question and declared jailbreaking legal. Millions of folks who'd jailbroken their iDevices rejoiced, but aside from that not much changed visibly.

    Now, however, we are beginning to see signs pointing to the legitimization of the jailbreak community in big business' eyes. With millions of iDevices in circulation, and over 4-5 million active jailbreakers (that number being the amount of individual devices which have logged into Cydia in the past week), major corporations have largely been ignoring this major niche market. We're beginning to see that change. I got some rough numbers from saurik, who says 8-9% of iDevice users are jailbroken, 1.5 million unique users log into Cydia daily, 4-5 million weekly. By his estimate, there are 10-15 million jailbroken iDevices out there. He notes he'll have better stats soon due to his new database statistics structure.

    Scion, a brand of vehicles manufactured by Toyota, recently developed a custom iPhone theme specifically for jailbroken devices, submitting it to us for hosting in Cydia (full disclosure: they are also running an ad campaign through ModMyi.com within Cydia pointing to said theme, and this article is unrelated to that). Search Scion 2011 Theme in Cydia to find it. This is the first major corporation we have seen put direct positive attention into the jailbreak scene, developing specifically for it and addressing this large userbase. Could this be a turning of the tide for the previously "outlaw" jailbreak community?

    There's tons of obvious plays for the market available. Amazon has started their /own/ [ame="http://www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b/ref=topnav_storetab_mas?ie=UTF8&node=2350149011"]Android AppStore[/ame], aside from Android's own store. Adobe has been going around and around with Apple for years trying to get Flash on these devices, losing out on a huge amount of the mobile market share. There's an extremely viable option in the jailbreak community for them to develop and release here, as it's obvious Apple won't be relenting anytime soon. Flash purposefully wasn't even included on the latest Macbook Airs ([ame]http://modmyi.com/forums/mac-news/734107-apple-no-preinstalled-flash-macs.html[/ame]). Cydia essentially has the entire market of jailbreak - what if many companies, sports teams, and schools had their own themes in Cydia as well as their apps already in the AppStore?

    There is a huge market in the jailbreak community being ignored by big business, assumedly because of the association with terms like "hacker" and Apple's very public previous anti-jailbreak stance. Apple remains anti-jailbreak, stating it "may" void your warranty. Note - they do not state it "does" void your warranty - they know they won't win in court if they try to deny someone a warranty from a fault which had nothing to do with the actual jailbreaking (ie, hardware failure).

    iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads are extremely powerful mobile computers. Apple's iOS is the best mobile OS - so why do we have restricted devices? Apple touts the security of OS X just as much as iOS - yet OS X computers allow us full access. No other personal computers have these sandbox restrictions (not even Macs), and for major corporations to be able to develop without constraint for the iDevices would be beneficial to all of us. There's a giant market which is being largely ignored. Cydia is awesomely poised to be a great avenue for say, Flash. If a user chooses to jailbreak their device, so be it. Or even better - if no jailbreak was needed and Apple shipped a device we could fully access just like all our other computers. The line between mobile phone and computer has been blurred for years, and is only becoming more so.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Major Corporations Turn Attention to Jailbreak Scene started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 106 Comments
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Did you really just advocate warez and theft?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      Did you really just advocate warez and theft?
      The bigger question is did he just use open-source and Windows in the same sentence? lmao
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      The bigger question is did he just use open-source and Windows in the same sentence? lmao
      LOL, I enjoy Windows and OS X, but open source and windows will never go together in a sentence.
    1. dabisnit's Avatar
      dabisnit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robsbrutal View Post
      What if apple bought Cydia and implemented it into the iOS and ran it like the app store kinda. That'd be sweet!!
      Except for the fact that we couldnt use the awesome apps
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      In response to the "how long do you think companies will wait since jailbreaks take longer to come out." I ask you this, if hackers were getting paid to produce jailbreaks then we would have a lot more jailbreaks, we would have them sooner, and they would be harder to patch.

      It all comes down to money.
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robsbrutal View Post
      What if apple bought Cydia and implemented it into the iOS and ran it like the app store kinda. That'd be sweet!!
      I still prefer Cydia owned by Saurik tho..

      It will only do good if apple gives out updated iOS with preinstalled Cydia..LMFAO
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Windows let your neighbors see you naked unless you put up curtains ($100 a year virus protection).
      Wish my neighbor was a windows user - she is dam fine
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      No one said anything about jailbreaks.
      No... no one did but if companies wait around for the devteam.. hrmm... guess what.. they will be waiting just like everyone else is... and that is gonna be good for business when devs are pumping out apps and themes blah blah blah and the company can't do anything with it....
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      Did you really just advocate warez and theft?
      Oh no he mentioned something about a program being free! That's a major sin!!



      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      The bigger question is did he just use open-source and Windows in the same sentence? lmao

      Windows is an open source operating system to an extent

      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      I knew it the day they said jailbreaking was legal.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      That Scion slider is pretty goofy. Anyway, I hope a large corporation hires me to make their theme. That thing would be sweet! (and done RIGHT!)
    1. nillam1's Avatar
      nillam1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aimetti View Post
      i second this.

      without jailbreak the phone is boring and dull, but with it I dont bother with any other phone.
      I agree, 100%!!! As punishment for my teenage son, I take away his iPhone 4 JB'd w/GP on iOS 4.2.1 & make him use an iPhone 3GS that's not JB'd. It works better than grounding him, he hasn't been late or absent for any classes since! U know JB'ing is awesome, when u can use it as a very effective form off discipline!


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. nillam1's Avatar
      nillam1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      I wanna see Microsoft make a theme 0.0


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
      I made my own Microsoft theme, it's called "OPEN WINDOWS!" It works best in tall buildings, u open the nearest window & throw ur PC out. It's free & has no bugs!!! Lol,


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    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      I knew it the day they said jailbreaking was legal.
      Jailbreak scene lost some steam when it became legalized lol close to 1 year since iPhone 4 unlock if it was corporate the unlock would be available 24/7


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    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      We are still a small percentage
      For now , and its all because of the APPLE war on JB, if in an Apple store and try to connect to cydia, you are hijacked to an Apple ad LOL

      Apple needs to give in.

      If other companies continue this trend then JB will become bigger and bigger.

      Like the idea you can't have more then one TV hooked to cable without paying for it or Beta, or laser disk, or sony's stupid memory stick or Olympias and Fujitsu's X-D memory disk, anytime these companies try to keep something everyone wants closed and exclusive, it fails.

      Time and time again.

      I predict Apple is running out of time stopping JB, its only a matter of time.

      Jailbreak scene lost some steam when it became legalized lol close to 1 year since iPhone 4 unlock if it was corporate the unlock would be available 24/7
      I disagree I think more are JB now since people can't say its illegal.
      Unlock has nothing to do with JB anyway.

      Also the Unlock is coming, you want it stable and not to brick the phone right?
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by nillam1 View Post
      I made my own Microsoft theme, it's called "OPEN WINDOWS!" It works best in tall buildings, u open the nearest window & throw ur PC out. It's free & has no bugs!!! Lol,


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      Totally gonna donate...best theme ever.


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    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      My signature line says it all
    1. nillam1's Avatar
      nillam1 -
      I love it, all the corporations who will support it, would be against it if they had any products of their own even remotely close to Apple iDevices! The best part is that Apples extreme limitations & restrictions, have inadvertently created their worst nightmare! If they just gave an inch or two in the beginning, the JB community would not have taken a mile. Ironically I'd like to thank Apple, for inspiring Geohot, Saurik & all the other "GENIUS" minds who make jailbreaking possible! They r modern day "Robin Hoods" but instead of robbing from the rich, they release their wrinkly old paws from squeezing ur ba11s. It's even better cuz the more Apple resists, the more attention they bring to people who r not aware of what their iDevices r really capable of!!! Thanks Apple, for the great products even with the silly dictated, restrictions. Thank u very much to the JB community, for freeing "MY" iDevices, to their full potential!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      This could be good for both companies and the JB community, we both stand to win something from this. The more apps we can get in Cydia from companies the more attention it'll bring to us which means more members.