Saurik, the developer of Cydia, wrote an article last week on how to cache Apple’s signature server, which helps downgrade an iPhone 3GS from 3.1 to 3.0. Besides all the technical stuff about the downgrade process, Saurik shared his view of Apple has a company. We share the same opinions about Apple, but he expresses it much better than me, because of my poor English (remember I am French).

Here is where Saurik is right on:

I have very little respect for Apple at this point: I make no secret of this fact. Apple, as a company, has turned into a corporate hypocrisy, embodying the very ideals that it claims to be rebelling against. “Think Different”, as a slogan, has become a cold criticism of their own actions with regards to their product lines.

[…] Sometimes, it is “only” marketing restrictions: there is no fundamental reason why only the 3G[S] can record video (although the quality of the camera on the iPhone 2G and 3G is not very high), or why the iPhone 2G is somehow unable to do MMS.

Applications like Google Latitude or Voice are likewise “rejected” (Apple likes to claim that they didn’t reject these applications, they simply “didn’t accept” them…) from the App Store because they might “confuse” the user by replacing functionality that exists with better equivalents.

Our need for “more”, however, goes deeper: jailbreaking isn’t just about applications that Apple “rejected”, but is also about taking provided tools and going in a new direction. The most popular packages available in Cydia aren’t even “applications”, but are “extensions”: seamless and pervasive modifications to existing software.

What do you think about Apple and the way they do business?

  • P

    I could not agree more.
    There more they say they are different the more they look the same to me.
    At least other platforms don’t say your doing anything illegal by altering your phone.
    Jees!!

    Peace P.

  • Fonz

    I think Apple simply has become AT&T’s bitch, errr, puppet. Nuf said.

  • Steve

    It’s funny about Apple, they want everyone to think that they have their best interest at heart. But, I know that they don’t. It’s about money and power, and only that. To have a product repaired under warranty by apple cost the consumer big bucks, for instance break the Glass on your iPhone 3GS and you will pay Apple $219.00 to have it fixed. To me, that is complete robbery, $219.00 may not be much to the rich dudes like Steve Jobs, but to an iPhone user who already paid huge bucks for his/her iPhone and needs it repaired, it is alot of money.
    The list goes on when it comes to Apple and their business model. How many people do you know who own an apple computer, ummmm zero probably, maybe one here and there. Why, because Apple charges 2,000 for a Laptop when you can buy a Super Nice HP, Acer, Toshiba or any number of “Do Everything” laptops for less than $600 out the door.
    I started repairing iPods, iPhones and other Apple products because I saw a need for a reasonably priced fix to the little problems that plague the whole apple product line. There are no parts sold here in the USA, they are all sent to china by Apple to be refurbished and sold back to the american market by the Chinese Manufacturers. Which has opened the door for copied parts and inferior parts.
    Apple as an American Company, needs to completely change their business to be more consumer friendly, because as of today, APPLE COULD GIVE A HOOT ABOUT YOU AS A CONSUMER!

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