Steve Jobs is perceived as bilking the early-adopters of the iPhone. Now, he is freezing out all of the iPhone users who have done any sort of hack. This will not be seen as smart, this will be seen as a royal “fuck you” to his very own, and innovative, user base.
“Apple Inc. has issued a software update that creates problems for iPhones modified to work with a cellular carrier other than AT&T Inc. and disables at least some unofficial programs installed on other iPhone handsets.” Via Chicago Tribune
The iPhone itself is a hearts and minds campaign. The people who are doing the hacking are the leaders. They’re the most exciting. They’re actually the future of Apple. Probably the folks Jobs should hire ASAP. Well, anyway, Mr. Jobs, remember that three strikes you’re out.