I see it as the best of both worlds.
But its not. You're patronizing a hostile vendor.
I'm also an iPhone user. I don't see Apple as a hostile vendor; they're a vendor of more failsafe products
I do like Apple's walled garden because of the polish, quantity, and diversity of the app offerings, but I want to be able to knock a hole in that wall every now and then when I want to do something they don't want me to do (wifi tethering, custom lock screens, custom notification badges, etc).
Then perhaps the right answer is, instead of giving money to a company that is hostile to you, that you should look around for a vendor who provides what you want. Android's done a good job at crippling that market however.
They get to lock down the OS so the vast majority of non tech-savvy customers don't wind up breaking their precious iDevices installing malware, but the holes still exist for the more adventurous users.
No. iOS 6 proves that this argument is and always has been shit. Apple doesn't give a flying fuck about jailbreakers and will fight them until they've got nothing and thus far Apple is winning.
However, if they ever succeed in truly battening down the hatches and making jailbreaking impossible, I'll be forced to jump ship.
You'll eventually jump ship.
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