Hey! I just posted 5 reasons why I think jailbroken iPhone apps suck. http://www.charlesju.com/2008/07/5-reasons-why-jailbroken-iphone-apps.html I was wondering what you guys think? Reposted here: There has been a recent uproar in the tech blogger community lately about how much the iPhone SDK sucks. While I agree that there are still a couple of problems with the SDK; a ****ING NDA, lack of control over native apps like iTunes or Safari, and background processes (a more complete list was posted on Gizmodo yesterday), I want to dedicate this post to pointing out the critical flaws to jailbreaking and the jailbreaking community. 1. Apple might crackdown. Prior to the App Store Apple had no vested interest in combating the jailbreaking community, but now each jailbroken iPhone is a loss of revenue for Apple. As soon as they figure this out, they will get a lot stricter. 2. No "real" companies will program jailbroken apps Aside from the legal ambiguities from making money from programming for a hacked OS, there simply will never be enough users to justify any serious attempt at creating grandiose applications for the jailbroken SDK. To further justify this point, big VC funds are throwing down hundreds of millions for the official SDK. Simple supply and demand will move all the good developers to the official SDK, and we can see this starting with apps like Tap Tap Revenge being brought under the wing of Tapulous. 3. No great games. There can never be any great games. While the first generation of gaming on the iPhone included pretty fun creations like Tap Tap Revenge, they will never have the traction to achieve critical mass. Additionally, in conjunction with reason #2, you will never get the big players (ie. EA) to port their games to the jailbroken SDK. 4. Viruses and buggy software. As cute as it might be to have applications able to take over any part of the phone, this creates lots of problem. If a program fails to close properly, you'll have memory leaks, which are avoided on the official SDK because programs are sandboxed so no matter what happens after the program ends the memory is erased. Further, without a monitoring authority like Apple, you might have programs able to steal all your contact information. This happened with one of the official apps, Auora Feint, which got delisted recently for sending its user's entire contact list, unencrypted, to its servers. 5. No cool official Apple apps and updates. Apple has created a bunch of official apps and updates that are simple awesome and amazing. For example, the iTunes remote. These are inaccessible from a jailbroken phone.