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iPhone owners break out of jail

The release of an easy-to-download method of opening up the iPhone to third-party applications prompted almost 150,000 downloads of the software in three days.

Our friends over at iPhone Atlas spoke with Nicholas “Drudge” Penree, one of the programmers of the AppSnapp “jailbreak” application, who provided the number. AppSnapp was released Sunday to allow iPhones and iPod Touches running the latest version of Apple’s iPhone firmware to run third-party applications. Penree thinks the 144,000 downloads of the program reported since Sunday translates into around 100,000 devices that are now free to run applications developed outside of Apple.

Apple and hackers have been playing a cat-and-mouse game over the screen real estate on the iPhone almost since the day it was released. Apple CEO Steve Jobs initially told developers that the iPhone would be closed to native application development, saying that Web applications would be the initial venue onto the iPhone. That didn’t sit well with many developers who were captivated by the promise of the iPhone’s touchscreen interface and built-in accelerometer.

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iPhone, iPhone Atlas, AppSnapp, Jailbreak, iPhone Application, iPhone Software

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