Once the hobby of tech geeks, iPhone jailbreaking now a lucrative industry – The Washington Post

 

 

“To be honest, when I first started, I did it for my friends, myself, but it has snowballed from there,” said Lee, who jailbreaks iPhones to enable new screen designs, then “unlocks” them so customers can switch wireless carriers. “I was getting five to 10 customers a week, now it’s 30 to 40. I just had one customer from the Mongolian embassy who was moving to the capital of Mongolia, and he wanted to use the iPhone there.”

The primary jailbreak apps store, Cydia — named after the insect that bores into apple trees — now earns about $10 million in annual revenue and counts about 4.5 million active weekly users hunting for apps. Its dominance in the jailbreak world has grown so much that last year, when a rival store began eating into its market share, Cydia simply merged with the competitor, unleashing howls about a monopoly.

via Once the hobby of tech geeks, iPhone jailbreaking now a lucrative industry – The Washington Post.

So Apple sells overpriced crap that they purposely broke, and then people make money fixing what was broken when purchased. Ahh, capitalism, where would we be without you?

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