It didn't take long, folks. Just 24 hours after the release of the new iPhone operating system, the word on the street is that it is already "jailbroken".
For those that don't know, "jailbreaking" is a lot like "rooting" an Android phone. Essentially, it means that the manufacturer's restrictions on the operating system have been removed, and the user can perform any task the OS is capable of.
Jailbreaks, not to be confused with SIMcard unlocks, are functionally different. Whereas a jailbreak allows access to blocked portions of device memory, SIMcard unlocks allow for functionality of your device on a given network that was previously disallowed. While Apple may sell a phone with its SIMcard unlocked, they do not sell jailbroken phones. An excellent summary of the history of jailbreaking and rooting phones can be found on Wikipedia, at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_jailbreaking.
This summary for the full story, go to http://www.pcworld.com. While you are there, there is an excellent review of the available smartphones and iPhone competitors that is worthwhile to view, in addition to a review of iPad competitors. While the iPad competitor list is somewhat less authoritative, it also does provide some interesting information, and quite a few likely alternatives. Anyone who is in the market for any new mobile technology should take a gander at these compilations.
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