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Jailbreakers are cranking out new hacks that will make the iPhone even better

Jailbreakers are cranking out new hacks that will make the iPhone even better

What exec wouldn’t love to have an army of unpaid workers cranking out improvements to their product on the off chance that they may make some money — or get a little glory? Steve Jobs, of course. But despite Apple’s stand, independent developers are poring over the beta of iPhone 3.0, speculating about the new hardware and getting ready to add useful (and sometimes just playful) hacks.

“AT&T invented Unix in 1969; now 40 years later, you can hold a Unix workstation in your hand,” says Damien Stolarz, co-author of “iPhone Hacks.” Overstatement? Maybe a bit, but the processing power in an iPhone isn’t much less than most of us had on or our desktops in 1996, he says.

Talking this week to Stolarz and Mario Ciabarra, who runs a small app store called Rock Your Phone, I was reminded of how refreshing the energy and enthusiasm of committed developers can be. These guys, and no doubt their colleagues and competitors, fairly bubble over with ideas, and words just tumble out of their mouths.

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