I am often asked the question, “Why would anyone want to commit an iPhone 3GS jailbreak?” or “What is the benefit in performing an iPhone 4s jailbreak?” The benefit that you gain when you jailbreak your iPhone 3GS or 4S is customization, user preference. When you jailbreak your iPhone, you get admin rights over the smartphone; you get to determine the color and pattern of your desktop wallpaper, the number of icons to have in your icon dock, the number of columns and rows for your apps, how many folders you have for your games and organization apps (jailbreak tweak called “Infinifolder”), and lockscreen preference. When you perform a jailbreak, you are also granted admin privileges over Siri, Apple’s proud voice activation. You may think that iOS6 shows Apple’s hard work over Siri, but you would be wrong: jailbreak developers already have what they call “Siri addons” at Cydia, the jailbreak app hub.
While admin privilege is one excellent reason to jailbreak, there is another: the ludicrous nature of Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung, HTC, and other companies. In this case, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook spent a portion of last week in discussions with Samsung administrators. The talks were to be mediatory, ordered by Judge Lucy Koh for both companies to put an end to the lawsuit madness. Apparently, things did not work out—which is why Apple has put forth a $2.525 billion price tag.
What does the lawsuit entail?
- Scrolling bounce feature
- Other scrolling technology
- Tap for zoom and navigation feature
The scrolling bounce feature is the bounce at the end of the webpage that lets you know you have reached the end of it. How many people stop and think, “Apple made this; what an innovation”? The scroll bounce at the end of a webpage is nothing so major as to provide a legitimate reason to sue another company. Whether the bottom of a webpage has a scroll bounce or flat scroll, few consumers seem to mind or care whether or not Apple created it. This scroll feature is insignificant to the consumer market and is simply a way to make money from Samsung. Other scrolling technology fits in the same category—it is a result of running down a page, moving up and down a webpage. These features provide no justification for Apple’s lawsuit.
What about tap for zoom and navigation? These features may seem unique to Apple because it has placed a patent on them with its own label “retina display,” but these features are, again, no reason to sue Samsung. Zoom and navigation are features that did not arrive for the first time with Apple—long before the smartphone (2007) and electronic tablet, zoom and navigation were features of desktop computers. Memories of my mother’s old Compaq Presario with Windows 95 software comes to mind. When zoom and navigation entered into the field of electronic tablets, Apple was not the first to craft it; rather, the thinktank group Knight Ridder proposed the idea of the digital tablet and created the rectangular design consumers have come to know and love as “the electronic tablet.” Although Apple has given the zoom and navigation feature “retina display,” the name alone is the only innovative aspect about zoom and navigation. Desktop computer owners have always been able to “click and navigate.”
Design is an area that Apple has pressed from the very beginning of its lawsuits against Samsung. Since February, Apple has pressed American courts to accuse Samsung of copyright patent violations. The two companies have lawsuits not only in America, but also the United Kingdom, Germany, and other countries. For Apple, the Samsung Galaxy Tablets have the same design as Apple’s iPad. On account of this, the Cupertino, California company believes it has a right to sue for infringement penalties. As CNET notes about the lawsuit, Apple’s claim is predominantly tied to its iPad and iPhone designs. Apple, however, has already received a loss on the issue of design by a UK judge who claims that Samsung’s tablets are not “cool” like Apple’s tablets are. However, Apple’s designs for the iPhone and iPad are extremely basic, to say the least. The designs ease the pain of operating a new smartphone for the first time, but the easy-to-use interface is not something for which Apple can sue another manufacturer. The user interface is a consumer-based necessity, for which no one can sue another; this is the case only if you consider that the market is consumer-driven and not innovator-driven.
While customization has always been one of the main reasons to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS, Apple’s petty lawsuits have become the new reason. If the company wants to have this much control over simple things such as scrolling bounces and tapping to zoom and navigate, what else lurks behind Apple’s controls on your iDevice? There is more to say about Apple’s iDevice designs, but you will have to read another post to find out.