I recently had one of those experiences I am sure most of us who like to tinker with our iOS devices and software look forward to - a mum sent me an angry text message about her toddler accidentally pressing the "secret" button during their iPod touch trackpad jailbreak session and booting the device into some random stock scenario. While there were many ways one could have fixed this (instead of iTunes, Apple's iTunes xcode application, which could have been used to cleanly end this) without having to smash the device, the fact still remains that a stock iPad will not boot into your settings once you apply a jailbreak. The mum's attention quickly turned into anger towards the HP laptop, jailbreak program, installation program and Apple itself, and in the end her toddler needed a new iPod touch, a new iPad, another HP laptop and a refresher course learning how to use iTunes.
This is just one of many sad relevant stories out there that we could tell about our customers; we shouldn't have to listen to this kind of nonsense. Piracy is a problem, we are well aware of this and we are always trying to make legal services and other tools to fix the problem(s), but ultimately, developers and their tweaks specifically rely on the support from the end users who pirate tweaks as a means of income. These users are the ones who buy those tweaks, re-enabling their iPod touches, or, in the most extreme way, bouncing their iPods back to the factory, restoring their devices and wiping their settings and data.
It is, as we have often said, a chicken and egg problem. A necessary step in any DRM solution is to educate users and fix the bad practices and misconceptions around "piracy". Writing a nasty email response when a friend of yours jailbreaks his iPhone to show you that he uses his own time and effort to break the DRM on his iPhone, because the software by default installed there harms his devices, i.e. the way he can use his device when not connected to a main network, not only harms him, but also the developers. d2c66b5586