Every year the Electronic Frontier Foundation releases its “wish list,” a list that points out the flaws the EFF sees in tech companies and their openness. This year has seen Apple only appear in that list once, and in a particularly predictable manner.

The EFF, according to its list, would like Apple to allow users to easily gain root access to their devices, giving them complete control over how they work as well as offering a way to install apps without going through Apple’s App Store.

Unsurprisingly Apple is not so keen on taking that approach, though there are ways to get root access should you really want to…

Jailbreaking is basically exactly what the EFF was talking about, and while it is do-able depending on your willingness to get your hands a little dirty, Apple far from endorses it. While the company may not explicitly go out of its way to hamper the efforts of jailbreakers, it definitely doesn’t try to help them either.

With just the one mention on the EFF wish list, Apple has potentially dodged a bullet. Safari, the browser bundled with all Macs and iOS devices, has suffered a bloody nose in the security department of late, yet the EFF did not see fit to pull Apple up on the matter.

Apple’s decision to not open the iPhone and iPad up to those wishing to tinker is clearly not affecting their ability to sell hardware, so we wouldn’t expect anything to change any time soon.

[TUAW]

  • There our devices we should be able to do what we want with them

  • Dan

    yeah right… Apple will never allow people to root their devices.

  • I love my iPhone and my iPad. Some of the things I want to do I cant because of the restrictions Apple puts on the devices. If I chose to jailbreak it I can, and do. Id like to see Apple put up something that tells users to do it at their own risk, or at least a warning that it can cause trouble. Let us decide to take the risk.
    On the other side of this argument I can also see Apples point. They want to make the device as stable and user friendly as they can. You can not argue that some of the apps and tweaks out for jail breakers can cause issues, you also cant argue that users that dont know what they are doing can cause major havoc with them. The last thing Apple wants is ignorant users bashing the iphone after a bad jailbreak experience. Then there is the carriers, at least here in the US. I dont even want to go there.

    • Your last few points make no sence…
      It’s up to the user what they do with there device…and a simple restore will fix those issues..and if someone bashes the phone because of jailbreaking that there fault for thinking that it is straight forward and nothing can go wrong…
      The end user should be able to decide what they want to do with there device ..end off..
      Jailbreaking does no damage to the device and if anything it’s a good thing ,just look at iOS 5 …

      • While you both have good arguments I am more inclined to agree with burge personal responsibility plays a huge role and the proof is in ios 5 it’s a complete replica of jailbreak tweaks I personally think apple secretly loves us because we do a ton of work for them from expanding the platform to finding security flaws they ultimately fix we are essentially free labor which all companies love!

    • Dan

      I like to believe that by the time you are able to jailbreak a device, you are smart enough to realize that it is at your own risk. Any problems you incur are your responsibility.

      I imagine if they made jailbreaking possible to everybody, too many stupid people would be jailbreaking their devices and blaming apple for the complications.

      Obviously I’d like to jailbreak my iPad 2 right now, but I do understand Apple’s reluctance to allow jailbreaking.

  • Anonymous

    WTF HOW IS JAILBREAKING DIRTY. IT’S LIKE CLEANING A DIRTY HOUSE AND MAKING IT PRETTY.

  • Jailbreaking FTW!