We get it: you want to be able to hack your iPhone

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News In Brief, or 'The Dredge' 8/10/07

How many times will this rant be ranted? “Apple should let its customers do whatever the hell they want with their iPhone. It’s none of Apple’s business whether or not I add third-party apps or use it on T-Mobile. The phone is mineeee!”

Yeah, well, when Apple specifically tells you that such updates invalidate your warranty and may (read: will) conflict with future iPhone updates, it’s best to listen. Don’t tell this guy from Newsweek, though. Nope, he’ll complain and complain until Apple lets him (and everyone) run wild with their iPhone.

Grow up.

You get the feeling the author had an “angry typing guy” voice motivating him to write the article. The worst is that there’s really nothing new to his argument. It’s the same thing you can find on any random Digg comment or Live Journal page—it’s my phone, I can do what I want with it. Yes, you can. And you did. Only Apple made it clear that, should you decide to fiddle with your phone, it couldn’t guarantee that it’d work in the future.

I don’t see how anyone can see that and then get mad at Apple when it follows through with its promise.

It’s a separate argument whether or not you should be able to hack and mod the iPhone without worrying about bricking it. That’s not what I’m addressing here. Should you be able to add XYZ to your iPhone without it conflicting with future updates? Sure, I guess, but Apple said from the beginning that this wasn’t going to be the case. So pulling a “but it isn’t fair!” is irrelevant here. Apple laid down the rules and you broke ‘em.

Are the rules fair? Again, probably not, no. Don’t single Apple out, though. There’s plenty of bandwidth out there with which to bash AT&T and the cellphone industry at large for their terrible practices.

Basically, don’t hate Jobs so much. I bet he hates having to deal with AT&T as much as you do.

Honey, iBricked the New Mobile Phone! [Newsweek]

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