Dan Gillmor

More Reasons to Mistrust Apple

Macworld reports the confirmation that Apple’s iPhone has a ‘kill switch’ that can remotely disable anything on the phone the company deems unworthy. This is utterly, absolutely outrageous — and the Apple fanboys will defend it to the hilt, no doubt.

Can you imagine the reaction if Microsoft put something like this into Windows? It would be ferocious, and the anger would be justified.

Apple’s arrogance just grows and grows.

Meanwhile, I trust someone in the open-source community will give those of us who’ve jailbroken our phones a way to prevent Jobs and his minions from playing games with the devices we — not they — own.