Jay Freeman, Cydia Creator, Talks Apple and Open OS

Jay Freeman, aka “Saurik,” is renowned for a name that is on every jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: Cydia, the alternative to Apple’s App Store. First released in February 2008 by Freeman, Cydia quickly became the guiding light for the jailbreak community.

Celebrating the launch of evasi0n, which has set more than 7 million iDevices free since its launch on Monday, Freeman gave an interview to International Business Times and spoke about jailbreaking, Apple and open iOS.

What we can learn from the number of jailbroken devices so far is that people want an open, customizable handset, and to exercise more control over their devices.

Although the jailbreak community accounts for a small percentage of the 500 million iDevice owners around the world, those who jailbreak their devices are basically willing to violate the license agreement Apple imposes upon the purchase an iPhone or other iDevice.

The idea of open iOS is a moot point from Saurik’s perspective. That’s because it doesn’t matter if the OS is open or not.  The hardware is still closed. So, the question is: what if Apple allowed you to jailbreak your hardware without voiding your warranty and even without an exploit?

From a jailbreak app store administrator’s perspective (Freeman), Apple is interesting because it is a closed system.

People like Apple’s products; that’s why they are buying them, and the jailbreak community has the answer to consumer demand: it provides the tweaks Apple’s iOS is missing, and, as history has shown, Apple has learned a lot from these tweaks, as it implemented multitasking with iOS 5.

And there are lots of other apt examples.

Saurik also provided an interesting view on the strategy behind Apple’s App Store. He says Apple doesn’t make money from the App Store, but it does make money from hardware. When looking at Apple’s quarterly earnings, we have to admit he’s right; the iPhone accounts for about 57% of Apple’s total revenue.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete; Edited by Mike Crook