Cydia creator talks iPhone openness at TED

Cydia creator talks iPhone openness at TED
Jay Freeman aka saurik, the creator of Cydia, gave a handful of reasons about why should Apple let users have full control over their iPhones or why should “software have screws” in his own words. It's the very device that should be opened up so that root access is allowed by default, not just the policy of the App Store, he clarified after the conference.

Saurik reasoned his screws analogy with cars - like people tweak their cars, many would like to tweak their iPhones. Statistics showed that some 10 percent of iPhone users jailbreak and tweak their phone.  One of the most popular programs for this is Cydia, an alternative to the official App Store, where you can download apps to tweak almost every aspect of your iPhone experience. It is by no means the only one for the cause, along with Rock Your Phone and others. Those environments are all independent and open but concentrate mostly on apps modifying the UI and unlocking functionalities rather than providing all-new features. 

For more of Freeman's thoughts on openness and Apple watch the whole talk below and let us know if you agree or not!

source: iPhone Download Blog

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1. android_hitman unregistered

maybe when steve leaves apple ....

2. NorCal's Finest unregistered

That would be a nice argument, but by his own admission only 10% of iPhone users have jailbroken their phone.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well you have to consider there are risk for those who try and jaibreak/root their phones

3. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

ten percent of people know how to jail break. others dont know itsa possible, but would if demonstrated what it is capable of. the number would flip with 10% of users do not "customize" their phone, if given the ability to as with Android product. People buy houses. we ALL decorate it to our lifestyle; not the designer's.

6. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

you are an idiot. The number would not flip. You keep "customizing" your crap android. That is a weak/buggie OS.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

why i is android weak and buggy? can you give me examples? android might be far from perfection, but weak and buggy?

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

and another thing giving the user the power to choose how their stuff works wont make any os weak, I believe the easier is the process for users to customize their stuff the better.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well I personally believe the phone shall come un-rooted and people could get an "easy root" from their phone company of handset company or just an app you get from the app store/Itunes that roots the device with ease. I talk about what I have/had when people have easy access to the feature will become more likely for people to customize a bit more or even develop apps for easier customization. but i guess this might be a dream after all

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