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In the timeless made-for-TV classic Pirates of Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, as portrayed by Noah Wyle, says, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”Jailbreak developers have consistently been a step or two ahead of Apple. This rogue community teaches its iDevices new tricks that aren’t even close to being officially supported, and people love them for it.
Something interesting started happening, though. With each new release of iOS, Apple started building in many of the more popular jailbreak features, making them native to the device.
What follows is a list of features that were first built into iPhones by small teams working independently of Apple, only to see the company end up legitmising those features down the road.
Let's skip the argument on what 'multitasking' actually means for the time being. Apple's current implementation of multitasking was readily available to jailbreakers in 2010.
The Videos app supported it, but true video out (mirroring) didn't become official until iOS 4.3. For jailbreakers using TVOut2Mirror, this is old hat.
One of the big breakthroughs for jailbreakers, hotspots only became officially supported in iOS with version 4 and an additional monthy fee.
We've long expected this, and it turns out that there are hints of FaceTime over 3G buried in the iOS 5 source code. Apple hasn't officially announced anything yet, but this is an old capability for the jailbreak community.
Yet another feature that jailbreakers beat Apple to. It's become so elementary now that we barely think about it when we use it.
Before the App Store even existed, jailbreakers were running their own apps on the iPhone. It wasn't until Apple launched the App Store that there was a means to effectively browse, download, and buy apps.
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