But despite its attempts to stop jailbreaking, Apple appears to also embrace its hacking community in a limited fashion. If you take a trip around iTunes' international stores, you'll notice iPhone App Stores in many countries where Apple has no official iPhone carrier. I haven't tested any of these App Stores to see if they actually sell the programs they advertise, but judging by the customer reviews these international outlets work just fine.
Palm's hacker love
Oddly enough, Palm's hands-off approach may be a reaction to the frenzy and enthusiasm surrounding attempts to hack the original iPhone. Those early iPhone hacking experiments ended up with reports of unlocked iPhones being rendered useless -- bricked -- from Apple system updates. But hacked iPhones also helped Apple get a sense of the device's popularity when iPhones started popping up all over the world.
The end of the hacking road?
While Palm's attitude may be good news for hackers, I can't help but feel a twinge of remorse over this news. If Palm and its Pre hackers are developing a rapport, what does this mean for the rest of the smartphone jailbreaking revolution? Will Palm's success push other handset makers to pour out some hacker love? Would Apple be one of them? Just imagine a world where the iPhone is free and open, and the Dev Team feels silly being cloaked in mystery behind their pineapple-style avatars. Oh, the horror.