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You can buy a new car, drive it for years, and never once open the hood yourself. That’s the iPad.

If the iPad were a car, it would be illegal to open the hood.

Yes, there's some 13 year old kids writing iPhone apps. There are even more 13 year old kids writing PC and Mac apps, so I'm not sure what that proves. What there won't be by design in the iPad world is disruptive innovators like Linus Torvalds. As I've said before, that's good for Apple and bad for everyone else.

More accurately, if the iPad were a car, you'd only be able to listen to Apple-approved radio stations.

If we must trot out the old car analogy trope, let's at least be realistic.

If the iPad were a car, you'd only be able to install car radios approved by Apple, of which there would be forty or so wildly different options, some of which generally sucked, some of which were meticulously built around a particular set of stations, and some of which you could tune to anything from low-frequency maritime navigation channels to shortwave.

Or you could just take out the radio and install a talking river trout in its place, so long as it was available in the aftermarket catalog.

And there'd be a sea bass version as well.

Yes, except you wouldn't be able to play your favorite Indy radio because Jobs is just not into Indy. And no amount of complaining will ever get you that radio.

It surprises me how quickly people forget that there's no Opera Mini, no multitasking, no Google Voice, or a myriad other applications that are arguably far, far more innovative than anything that's in the App Store yet you can't access them because The Man told you so. Especially since those are some of the things that make a smartphone so useful.

But Apple would never let me install a radio that would tune into adult shows like Howard Stern. And they'd block all Sirius XM radios because of this possibility.

And if someone created a radio that used too much battery life, I wouldn't be able to install it either.

I can go on if you'd like, but you get the point.

You cant listen to your radio while using your GPS though, that is not allowed.

You can as long as you use the factory fitted radio.

  If the iPad were a car, it would be illegal to open the hood.
That's incorrect, if the iPad were a car opening the hood would void the warranty.

No, that would be reasonable. Apple has specifically stated in filings to the Copyright Office that jailbreaking is and should be a criminal act: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/02/apple-says-jailbreaking...

I guess it depends on what we mean by 'opening up the hood.' Sticking to the analogy I would take that to mean cracking open the physical case. Most of the 'black boxes' in a cars engine are also protected with various DRM methods to make it illegal for others to reverse-engineer them (therefore making it so that mechanics have to pay the manufacturer for access to the devices). I would associate those with the actual chips inside of the iPad/iPhone as well as the OS.

"make it illegal" in the USA. Reverse engineering is not (yet) illegal in other (most?) countries.

It is illegal because it involves violating Apple's copyright on their firmware. The legal status was established long before there even was an iPhone to jailbreak.

That filing was provoked by the EFF's attempt to get it made specifically exempt from copyright protection, but their arguments didn't actually meet any of the established criteria for creating exemptions. Apple's filing, in context, was an objection to the EFF's claims mostly spent pointing this out. The EFF tries to characterize it as Apple trying to get jailbreaking made illegal, but that's not the case. If it weren't already a copyright infringement there would have been no point for the EFF to make their filing in the first place. The whole thing is a bizarre kind of legal trolling, and cringe whenever anybody mentions it because it so severely tarnished my image of the EFF.

Actually, it kindof tarnishes my image of Apple.

Correct and if you start screwing around with your engine... it voids the warranty.

I imagine that if I crack open my laptop and start desoldering components from the motherboard, that will void the warranty as well.

Guys, come on here. It's not like apple is against jailbreaking or open development because it's going to destroy the product and they don't want to warranty it (like desoldering components are ripping apart your engine block would), it's that it will disrupt their business model. Why can't I get a grooveshark app without jailbreaking? Is that going to physically break my iPhone? No, it's going to let grooveshark encroach on apple's bottom line.

> If the iPad were a car, it would be illegal to open the hood.

It is legal to open the hood, just not to tinker with a limited set of the contents. It's the same in cars nowadays, as I understand it. There are plenty of boxes in cars that are protected by DRM of sorts so that you can't reverse-engineer them. (Well, mostly so that it's illegal for you to reverse-engineer it, not that they have to be very secure from being broken)

More accurately, if the iPad were a car, doing the repair work yourself, as an unlicensed mechanic, would void your warranty. Thus the analogy still holds. If I try to change my power steering fluid and end up completely killing the pump, the warranty is certainly not gonna cover it. And I might be a little upset, but I'll understand. They aren't encouraging tinkering, but neither does Volvo. And I've seen some tricked out Volvos.

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