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mikemyersN8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 7, 2012 9:05 AM

I have a factory unlocked (purchased in Dubai) iPhone 3GS.  It's not on warranty, not on contract, not on anything.  I will be using it mainly in India, on one of their inexpensive networks.


I think I already know the answer to this, but I'd like to ask the question anyway, in case I'm wrong (which happens far too often nowadays!!).


Why can't I find applications that run on an iPhone and download them directly to my computer, and install them myself without their having to be Apple approved software?  I'm used to Nokia, where I can download software either from the Nokia store, or any other internet location.  None of it has to be approved by Nokia.  If I own my phone, is there any logical reason why I can't use it with any software I can find?


I suspect there might not be an answer to this, meaning I either have to limit myself to what's in the Apple store, or use outside software to "root" the phone.  That's what a friend of mine is doing, and his phone is only a "3G". 


To me, this is like buying a new car, that came with a note saying "Only use XYZ motor oil!".  For as long as the car would be on warranty, I could accept that, but once the car came off warranty, wouldn't it be mine to do with as I choose?




Specific example - apparently, a while back, the iPhone store removed any and all apps that gave some kind of list about nearby Wi-Fi.  Anyone who already had the apps could keep using them, but they were no longer available for download from the Apple store.  Suppose I wanted one of those apps.  Would there be any way that I could download an app like that directly from the software website?


With Nokia, I can download SPB software for my Nokia either from the Nokia store, or from the SPB website.  I'd like to be able to do that with my old iPhone.

iPhone 3GS, iOS 5
  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,815 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 9:17 AM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    All syncing is through iTunes only, that's how Apple designed it. You can also download the apps directly on your phone, if you are connected to Wi-fi and you're using the App Store on the iPhone.


    Apps are tied to the account you bought them with, that's another reason why you should back up your data, in case some apps are not available anymore in the App Store or require a newer version of the iOS.


    Using modified software on your phone can lead to unexpected results:

    Unauthorized modification of iOS has been a major source of instability, disruption of services, and other issues

  • norman_bates Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    The reason apps have to be authorised by Apple is to ensure that they are safe to run and aren't packed with virus'


    If your iPhone is factory unlocked you can use it anywhere you like, as long as the carrier who the SIM you are using supports the iPhone that is.


    You will lose any support from Apple if you modify the iOS. iOS is so secure because of Apple's policy on downloading authorised software from their servers only, look at Android and other smartphone operating systems, there has been a need to create anti-virus' for the devices because they are unsecure. Would you want to download something that has a virus bundled with it and starts using your phone to make international calls, running up a huge bill that you will be liable for because you modified the iOS, or you buy something over the internet on your phone and the virus steals your payment information? If the answer is you're willing to take that risk then by all means jailbreak your device but it will not be supported by Apple and no one on here will be able to assist you with anymore queries, plus if something does go wrong you may never be able to revert to stock iOS, that's gonna result in a very expensive mistake

  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,815 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 1:32 AM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    Copied from the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.





    1. Stay on topic. Apple Support Communities is here to help people use Apple products and technologies more effectively. Unless otherwise noted, do not add Submissions about nontechnical topics, including:
      1. Speculations or rumors about unannounced products.
      2. Discussions of Apple policies or procedures or speculation on Apple decisions.



    You can tell Apple about your thoughts here: Apple - iPhone - Feedback

  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,815 points)
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    Apr 12, 2012 5:01 AM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    No problem, the point I wanted to make by quoting the Term of Use was, not to discuss Apple policies or decisions in these forums. These discussions are for technical questions and answers.


    If Apple made the iPhone to work that way, we as users have to live with it, or buy another product from a different company.


    Enjoy your new device

  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,815 points)
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    Apr 13, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    Apple has always been very strict about the software running on their computers, and, as I see my iPhone, iPad etc, more as a computers, I can understand, that the manufacturer of the computer wants to make sure that only certified software is installed on these devices.


    Does Nikon allow to users to install parts of Canon firmware on their cameras?

    Why has it been so complicated to mount a Canon lens to a Nikon camera body or visa versa?

  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,815 points)
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    Apr 14, 2012 9:58 AM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    Maybe I should look into the idea of becoming a developer?

    Check the iBook store, there are free books from Apple, for example "iOS Programming",  "iOS Technology Overview" or "iOS Application Programming".

  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,815 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:59 AM (in response to mikemyersN8)

    mikemyersN8 wrote:



    I'll probably also need to upgrade from my 3GS to one of the newer models.


    Yes, since the new models can handle more data and have faster processors, this might be necessary too.


    Good luck for your project

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