For millions of happy users all over the world, the i Phone is fantastic just as it is.
It's beautiful, elegant and easy to use, and there are thousands upon thousands of apps and oodles of content for them to choose on the App Store. People who want to break free of the restrictions they believe Apple has forced upon us all - from the default apps that come with i OS to the fact that its underlying structure cannot be customised by individual programmers, third-party developers or even users themselves. And Apple has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with them ever since the i Phone launched in January 2007.
Heck, you can even set them to be the default apps if you want, enabling you to ignore Mail, Safari and Apple's other apps altogether. While many great alternatives to i OS's default apps do exist, you'll find that i OS always reverts to the defaults for certain things.Jailbreaking an i Phone is the sort of thing done by tinkerers, and isn't advised for the average joe.Put aside the moral arguments about who owns what (and who should pay for what) and you're left with the practical advantages of jailbreaking - being able to install blocked software and replace key services - with the disadvantages of jailbreaking - having a less secure system that's more error-prone. But you should remember that life with your more customisable device is not necessarily going to be as carefree as you might think.Security expert Kenneth van Wyk, focusing on the legal situation in the US, writes: "Is [jailbreaking] legal? In 2010, the US Copyright Office declared jailbreaking to be an exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. See here for more information, but it seems that jailbreaking an i Phone in the US remains legal, while doing the same to an i Pad is not.The bottom line is this: if you're at all concerned about the legality of jailbreaking your device, you're probably well advised to abstain." Investigating the legality of jailbreaking in the UK, Macworld contributor Duncan Geere concludes: "...while the matter can't be totally settled until there's a test case - something Apple has long avoided - [University of Edinburgh law lecturer Andres] Guadamuz says he'd be very surprised if a hacker went down for jailbreaking an i Phone.