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George Hotz

George Hotz's self-portrait, he was the first to unlock the iPhone. Image credit: George Hotz

So is jailbreaking your iPhone everything hackers claim it to be?  Does anybody else get the feeling that these hackers have a clouded sense of reality?  That Apple somehow owes them something.

Brian X. Chen with Wired goes into the life of a hacker in his article Jailbreak Community Battles Apple for Control of iPhone. In the article, George Hotz the first to unlock the iPhone is portrayed as being a little pretentious.  At one point, Hotz doubts if a security expert could block his efforts.  What really tops it all off is the image in his Blackra1n software (used to hack the iPhone) that displays a photo of Hotz styled as an angel from a Caravaggio painting.   Really an angel!

If Apple wanted to make an iPhone that only had apps that featured cute pictures of animals, they have every right to do that.  If they want to block Google Voice they can do that.  In the end is it smart?  Hard to say, but Apple is where they are at by making some sound business decisions over the years.

What else is funny to me is that the complaint jailbreakers often use for unlocking their phones is AT&T.  So by unlocking your phone and letting apps run that might very well slow down the network is going to make things better? I would have to imagine that a lot of these relegated apps cause huge problems with AT&T and might be the real reason they don’t ever get approved.

Don’t get me wrong, hackers have their place.  They keep software companies honest and help move technology forward on occasion.  The better hackers are highly intelligent and are usually excellent programmers.  It would just make me feel better about them if they didn’t all have delusions of grandeur!

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Written by wirebear

November 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm