Ahmed Eltawil's Blog

Sometimes companies need to protect their products, like Apple

Posted on: February 20, 2009

According to CNET, “Mozilla has thrown its support behind the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s push to have the U.S. Copyright Office allow iPhone jailbreaking.” I have previously owned an iPhone for quite a while and had to give it up mainly because it just doesn’t fit my lifestyle as well as for the fact that it’s just, simply put, beautiful yet dumb. But I can totally understand when a company goes the extra mile to protect its product from third-party software or generally from sources other than its own. Why? Because Apple is all about looks and quality (notice how functionality isn’t mentioned).

The iPhone’s success comes from its impressive interface and user friendly navigation and Apple doesn’t want anything interfering with it. And I say it deserves the right to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an Apple fan or any of its products (fyi I hate iPods with all my heart, another reason why I gave up my iPhone), but when a company has a successful product such as the iPhone they should go to any extent to protect it from other sources. Nothing is wrong in making sure that all applications that run on Apple iPhones should go through Apple first to ensure its integrity (no matter how useless and pathetic the apps are).

Apple just doesn’t want to follow the same route that most mobile operating systems follow: Install at your own risk. And I think there is nothing wrong with that…as well as (in Apple’s case) making ginormous profit off the app developers.

 

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