Whether you love or hate the iOS 5, thank a hacker. iOS 5 is the newest craze in the technology world. The new iPhone 4S launched Friday and iOS 5, a mobile-operating system, made its appearance on Wednesday.
A year ago, the United States Copy Right Office decided to legalize mobile-phone hacking. Mobile-phone hacking is called jail-breaking. At the time, Apple protested legalizing phone hacking. But presently, Apple is benefitting from the mobile-phone hacking system.
iOS 5 incorporates many great features for users of iPhones and other mobile devices. Jail-breaking created pull-down notifications, home-screen camera access and wireless syncing. These are features Apple uses now on the new iPhone 4S. Jail-breaking allows users to modify any phone’s operating system and run apps that official app stores normally will not include.
Two years have passed since Greg Joswiak, Apple’s iPhone marketing czar, claimed that jail-breaking would destroy Apple’s business strategy. So far, Joswiak seems to be inaccurate with his prediction.
Apple’s stock on Friday closed at $422 share value. iPhone sales have grown from 30 million units to 129 million sold. Analysts believe that 4 million iPhone 4Ses will be sold in its first weekend of sales.
1 billion apps from Apple’s iTunes were downloaded two years ago. Since the legalization of jail-breaking, more than 18 billion apps have been downloaded.
So far, the only downside to jail-breaking is that performing a similar hack on videogame consoles remains illegal. It is a criminal offense to modify the hardware to run unsigned code to videogames. Every three years the Copy Right Office entertains proposals for Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemptions. The next round is soon approaching.
To learn when this next round will arrive and learn how jail-breakers promote technology innovation, read this article from Wired.com.
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