Apple Allows Pirated iOS Apps To Access Game Center

When it comes to iOS, Jailbreaking is a very cat and mouse sort of game. Hackers find a way to easily jailbreak Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and a few days later Apple releases a firmware update to block it. Whilst Jailbreaking your iOS device is technically legal in the US, piracy of content is not. Unfortunately one of the things that you can do with your jailbroken device is steal applications by downloading them for free via an unofficial app store.

The problem here is that developers who put time and money into their game find that it gets stolen instead and they receive no money from what could have been a purchase of their app. Appleinsider has an article about one company which is speaking out against piracy on iOS, and which is asking why Apple doesn’t appear to be doing anything about it.

Luis Fonseca who works for GAMEized, an iOS developer, is quoted as saying that “Apple apparently has no functional counter-piracy safeguards in place on their Game Center — essentially permitting users to play pirated software on their Game Center without fear of reprisals or consequence”. He has a reason for being so annoyed at Apple for doing nothing, since they revealed on their blog that their iOS game FingerKicks has been pirated by 91% of those who have played the game!

As it stands right now, if you pirate an iOS app you can access Game Center with no penalties whatsoever! We know how many people are accessing Game Center using pirated versions of the application, and we know who pirates these applications because their Apple username is tied into Game Center so there seems no reason why Apple should not be banning these people, or at least denying them access to Game Center when they use pirated applications!

Despite these high piracy numbers, piracy isn’t the only reason, or even the main reason that users want to jailbreak their iOS devices. Chuong Nguyen over on Gottabemobile is reporting on a really cool application only available to those who have jailbroken their devices called iUsers. This application gives you customisable user options for those using an iPad.

As you can see in the video embedded below, users can switch between multiple profiles which can each be protected by their own passcode. These individual users each can access their own version of iOS which includes different logins for apps like Twitter and the e-mail client, and probably game saves as well. This feature allows multiple users to essentially have their own versions of the same device, and it would allow a family to share an iPad without having to all share the same e-mail inbox and game saves.

This feature, along with anti-piracy measures and smaller updates (to get the 4.3.4 ‘small’ security update you have to re-download the entirety of the 600mb+ OS!), would be a great addition to the overall iOS package, and with iOS5 coming sometime this year it would be a great time to implement them. What other features would you like to see come to Apple’s mobile platform? Let us know in the comments below.