Steve Jobs is in perilous waters. People are starting to wake up and see through his reality distortion field. He mercilessly slapped early adopters in the face, with his $200 price drop for the iPhone. He only half-appeased them with the $100 rebate. Then he created an “upgrade” to iBrick the iPhones that had been hacked to work with other networks, and also block any third-party applications. To palliate this, he promised to release a software development kit for the iPhone…next year, when interest in third-party applications has waned. If you want to create applications for the current inception of the iPhone, they must be web applications only.
The degree of selfishness he has gone to is evident in this article, from the Honduran newspaper Tiempo‘s blogs. It says there is a hidden sensor in iPhones and the new iPods that changes color permanently when it comes in contact with water. This is to be able to tell when the unit has water damage and thus the warranty is void.
This is perfectly good and legal, they should protect their own interests, but still, it smacks of evil, doesn’t it?
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