Ever since I purchased my first Macbook Pro about 6 years ago I have been a stalwart Apple supporter. I have always loved Apple products. That is why it is somewhat hard for me to write this blog post.
I have purchased every single iPhone that has come out. Every one of my spoiled children has an iPhone (usually my old ones). So what is the problem you ask?
Jailbreaking! I love the iPhone, but only if it can be jailbroken. The latest iPhone does not have a publicly available jailbreak at this time. Jailbreaking allows me to use the phone in the manner that is best for me. I realize that most iPhone users like the phone the way it is, but I can’t stand to use the phone anymore because of all the little things that drive me crazy.
Here is a list of several of the little things that are important to me that most other users wouldn’t care about.
1 – Sbsettings to change the brightness, turn on/off wifi, etc with a single swipe.
2 – Calendar on the lock screen. Come on Apple? Is this really a weird request?
3 – Triple press the start button from the lock screen to go directly to my flashlight app.
4 – Tethering the right way!
5 – Constantly vibrate inbound text messages every minute until I acknowledge them (I don’t have great hearing).
6 – Change the default browser to Chrome
7 – News, twitter, Facebook updates from the lock screen
8 – SSH Access – Yes I run perl scripts on my iPhone sometimes for fun
There are many more, but those are some of the main ones. These seem like little things, but they are big enough to get me to switch phones. I think Apple is making a HUGE mistake if they underestimate the importance of customization through jailbreaking. I know Apple wants total control. I realize they have an obligation to their carriers to keep the phone locked down, but I personally don’t care about carriers or Apple’s lockdown policies. I simply want a phone that works for me. And right now that isn’t the iPhone.
Matt Heaton / CEO BetterLinux.com / BetterServers.com