Huzzah! Throw up the flags! Send off the fireworks! Summon the townspeople! Apple has lost! The people have won! Huzzah!
I’m referring, of course, to Monday’s ruling by The Library of Congress, which explicitly carves out a legal exception for those looking to jailbreak their iPhones. No longer will industrious little hackers (or those who downloaded a one-button jailbreak app off the Interwebs) be subject to Digital Millennium Copyright Act smack-downs over their choice of Cydia instead of the App Store.
In short, so long as you’re jailbreaking your iPhone to make it work with a third-party application that, itself, isn’t kosher on a vanilla iPhone, you’re in the clear. I’m not quite sure what you would do with a jailbroken phone otherwise—perhaps smash it with a hammer to test its durability or something--but there you have it.
Now, we’ve won, right? The choice of how and why you use your iPhone has finally been wrested out of the turtleneck-laden hands of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The people are in control now, and we all have carte blanche to do with our handheld devices as we please! Yay!
Attention Walmart shoppers, the price of the iPhone 3GS 16GB has been cut to $97, a significant price drop from the $199 it was selling for prior to today.
The aggressive price cut is undoubtedly in anticipation of Apple's upcoming iPhone 4G announcement, which you can expect during the Worldwide Developer Conference on June 7. What isn't as clear, however, is whether Walmart is simply trying to rid itself of 3GS inventory, or if this will become the new entry-level iPhone model in a couple of weeks.
Walmart's price cut comes a little earlier than most probably expected, but isn't too surprising when you consider that a couple of iPhone 4G prototypes turned up in the wild and were posted online for all the world to see.