iPhone Year In Review

iPod Touch 8 GigSo let’s recap this:

Apple announces that they’re doing an iPhone.

Apple announces that they’re building the phone to exclusively work on the AT&T network.

Apple announces that they’re not allowing third party applications on the phone.

So people force third party apps on the phone and force the phone to work with T-Mobile.

Apple updates the software for their phone that they control entirely, from the network down to the applications. Not surprisingly, this breaks many phones for people who have done stuff to them that Apple doesn’t support.

And that’s Apple’s fault? The logic train has derailed here, people. We’re dealing with spoiled tech enthusiasts who weren’t given it all, tried to take it, and got tripped up in the process.

This isn’t an Apple problem. This is a user error.

For those — like Leo LaPorte — who have fooled themselves into thinking they’ve bought a computer (Newton II?) and are thus being treated unfairly in this cruel cruel world in a way that no other technology or industry could possibly ever treat its customers, I give one counterexample: The TiVo. Locked down box. Toy with it at your own risk. Modified computer. Monthly subscription fee that you’re locked into, lest the thing became a near total brick And an even slower history of adding new features.

They void the warrantee on that if you do so little as add a hard drive or expand the extant one.  If the next service upgrade — which is PUSHED DOWN without your explicit authorization — breaks the machine, then it’s your problem, not theirs.

Where’s all that outrage about personal liberties being violated?

(Pictured above right: iPod Touch 8 Gig. Nobody’s hacked that puppy yet.)

6 thoughts on “iPhone Year In Review

  1. I work for AT&T Customer Care and when Apple announced the price drop, a customer called up, bitched at us (tried to tell him that this was Apple’s doings — bitchat’em) yet he was willing to cancel his service and get the $175 early term fee.

    Yet had he waited a day or two, said customer would have probably been appeased by the $100 coupon.

    Go Figure.

  2. I have a DirecTV TiVo receiver and a DirecTV DVR. Neither of these will work with any other service. They are hackable, but, as Augie says of his TiVo, any forthcoming update, could brick them, and I’d be SOL. In that case, it’s my fault, not DirecTV’s. Just because you can hack your iPhone does not mean you should. You took the risk, and you knew it when you did it. Apple even warned you ahead of time. They’re not at fault here.

  3. I can’t argue with any of this. While I think it’s cool that people are finding ways to put third party apps on the iPhone, modding the unit in anyway is done at the user’s peril. Apple shouldn’t be at fault here.

    If I were to put homebrew on my DS or had iPod Linux installed, and I bricked either device, I’d be to blame. And if an update got rid of any of those enhancements, it’s still not Nintendo’s or Apple’s fault.

  4. There’s some impressive stuff done with the hacked iPhones, that’s for sure. The thing is, I’m sure the platform will be unlocked to some degree down the line. There will be an SDK and all the rest. This furor so early, though, is just overkill and sad to watch.

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