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New "Try Before You Buy" App Store Subsection Is Apple's Latest Anti-Jailbreak Tactic

August 6, 2010

Apple isn't about to step aside on the even more popular outlook for jailbreakers after the law associated with it was changed last month, removing any general legal actions against device jailbreakers. Apple knows they can only go so far with making technical blocks to modify their software, but it appears that Apple has decided to attack psychologically against jailbreaking as well. Apple has quietly introduced a new subsection to the App Store, titled "Try Before You Buy", to help further promote trimmed down versions of full apps.

One of the primary arguments of piracy is users don't know if they will like a piece of software, song, movie, etc., and want the chance to give it a useful trial before breaking out the credit card. A plenty number of developers offer "free" or "lite" versions of their full featured apps in the hopes that you'll jump on the chance to purchase the standard, "full", or "premium" version or features once you get a taste. Apple seems to feel that tapping into this will divert those considering jailbreaking to lean back towards the App Store approved material.

You can find the new section on your iDevice by launching the App Store app and tapping on the big yellow "Free On the App Store" at the top of the Featured - New section. When in iTunes, head to the App Store and click on the "Free On the App Store" link under the App Store Quick Links down the right side.

Remember, these aren't special versions Apple has cooked up but rather just another method for Apple to show users that jailbreaking isn't absolutely necessary if you're just looking to test drive an app. I'll leave you with one final reminder to those thinking of jailbreaking their iDevice. Apple's official stance is don't expect them to help you out if that cracked app is causing your iDevice to be unpleasant.
Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.
What do you think, will Apple's latest tactic to persuade users from the "dark side" work or will it just feed the fire? [via 9 to 5 Mac]

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