Holy crap this is idiotic.
I learned on an Apple //e. The only language available was Applesoft. It was great I did some neat things with it. But when I wanted to expand and do another language, 6502 Assembler in my case, it was too expensive to get a compiler/editor so I got a pirated one.
For the Mac and iPhone OS Apple now gives away the entire IDE, compilers, simulators, everything FOR FREE.
Sure if I want to load an app I wrote on to my iPod Touch the "official" way I have to pay Apple $99 for the developer membership (there is no need for Apple approval of any app you write to load on your own device.) Or if I can't afford the $99 -- I jailbreak my iPod. Considering the few qualms I had about pirating an Assembler, if i were in a tinkering mood jailbreaking would be a no brainer. Heck, it isn't even stealing like my pirating was.
If anything the tools and capabilties of tinkering with todays devices is WAY cooler than when I was kid. Peek/Poke. Screw that, now you can write Objective-C. And if it turns out really, really cool you can sell it to a world wide audience for only $99.