chpwn has been one of the leading figures in the jailbreak arena for a long while now. He’s the developer of some of the most popular and innovative jailbreak tweaks and apps. I’ve used many of them and they’re among my favorites of all time whenever I have any of my iOS devices jailbroken.
Seeing chpwn talk about jailbreak and some of the best use cases for it is more than a little interesting to me. So I was happy to come across an interview with him on this subject at Read Write Web earlier this week.
I especially like this answer when he was asked about what a user gains by jailbreaking:
Jailbreaking is about getting around the restrictions that Apple puts in place, so you might think that jailbreaking is mostly about getting the kind of apps that Apple doesn’t allow.
But jailbreaking is really about a lot more than that. Most of what’s available in Cydia (the jailbreak “equivalent” to Apple’s App Store) are extensions, tweaks, or modifications to what’s built in to the iPhone or the iPad. If you’ve ever used Firefox’s extension system, that’s the about the closest equivalent to what’s available in Cydia.
I think far too many people think that jailbreaking is all about looking for pirated apps – and chpwn’s answer is much closer to the reasons that most people I know have for jailbreaking their devices.
The whole interview is a good read (though I wish it was a little longer) – check it out here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/interview_with_chpwn.php