For those of you who are not big Apple consumers, things must be nice. I mean, the ability for you to own your device and personalize it in any way you see fit. Unfortunately, that is not something everyone has been privy to. For users like myself, who have indulged in the plethora of products and services provided by Apple Incorporated, we have seen the best of times as of late, and an unforeseen, neglected, and forgotten monster, which only reveals its face long enough for us to see it, before disappearing yet again.
On the brighter side, we have been lucky enough to see the development of the iPhone, iPad, iPod models. We have been able to be on Apple’s side, and at times like these, when competition is roaring for the quest to the top of the technological empire, the reaction to pressure and competition on Apple’s part has been great for consumers. More so, the development of the Macbook series, and the iMac desktop series, and even the Mac Pro series has all been absolutely marvelous. Even the development of native Apple applications, such as those created in iWork and iLife. iTunes, iCloud, and many more have been improved to the point that they all work seamlessly with one another, allowing consumers to reach that so desired nirvana. Things sound glorious for Apple fanatics, no? They might, but it is time to introduce the monstrous side of Apple: the tyrannical, ominous, beast that has roamed for far too long.
The problem I am continuously having with Apple is the introduction of newfeatures, yet the failure to recognize greatness elsewhere. It is the mandate that all Apple consumers behave under Apple’s rules, even after they have shelled out the exorbitant price rates for pieces of technology. More specifically, I am referring to the ongoing jailbreak crisis, iOS 7, and planned obsolescence.
As for iOS 7, longtime Apple users were, for the most part, not satisfied with the changes Apple made this summer to their flagship and insanely popular mobile operating system, iOS. iOS 6 was nearly a perfect piece of software, with little to quibble with. So when we all tuned in for that first week of WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and saw the direction Apple was headed with iOS 7, some of us were insanely upset that we would have to spend a year at minimum frustrated with the new Apple Inc. The new icons, the flat design, the overall difference from iOS 6 was ridiculous. Especially for those iPhone users who are scraping together there nickels and dimes for a new iPhone, the struggle that exists when trying to run their latest software on older devices is abhorring. Why is it that we loved iOS 6 so much? The elegance, the key features, everything about it was solid. But what pushed iOS 6 from being good to superb was Jay Saurik.
For those of you who do not know, Jay Saurik is the founder and creator of Cydia, the leading marketplace for jailbroken phones. For those of you who do not know what jailbreaking is, it is the step into the land of Narnia. It is losing your virginity. It is beautiful, it is powerful, and it is incredible. Much of the jailbreaking opposition will write this off as an exaggerated lie meant to persuade people. However, anyone that has jailbroken their device, and downloaded just a few things from Cydia will be able to profess the wonders of Cydia. Be it tweaks that up the personalization factor of your phone, or extremely nifty utilities, that allow you to use any Bluetooth mouse with your device, use Facetime over cellular networks, or enable you to unlock your phone with keys on a piano instead of numbers on a pad.
The possibilities are endless with jailbreaking. The amount of useful features is unparalleled, and the amount of freedom given to each user is unmatched. Take some time out of you schedule to go ahead and delve a little deeper into the world of jailbreaking if you think this has piqued your interest. However, once you have gone jailbroken, you may not ever want to be on the default iOS ever again.
Apple is negligent to the potential their products have at being that much more enticing. If Apple was to simply open up their arms to Jay Saurik and the good folks over there at Cydia, it would definitely signify a step in the right direction. Freedom is what consumers want, Apple. Quit it with the ridiculous forced software, the refusal to allow users to downgrade, and forcing the inability to do what you shall please with a device you have already paid for. It just might make all of our lives easier. Consumers get the freedom and a world full of tweaks and upgrades, which will only boost popularity for Apple Inc. Try and see if you can strike a deal and remove the piracy enabling features from the store, but at least try. The refusal to negotiate is killing all of us, except for those who are oblivious to the world in which they could be indulging. No more tyranny, say hello to the future.