Chinese Government App Only Available Through Jailbreak
Apple, Verizon and AT&T may have taken a strong stand against the practice of jailbreaking, but at least hackers still have one of the most powerful governments in the world on their side. The Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China’s official iPhone application is only available on jailbroken devices.
The Chinese government has released an official app for people (both domestic and oversees) to keep tabs on what the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is up to. There’s just one catch: you’ll have to jailbreak your iPhone to use it,” writes Joe Aimonetti on CNET. “One of the few apps to come from a major group to not go through Apple’s App Store (the U.S. Army has its own app available in the App Store), the PLA app requires its users to jailbreak their iPhones before they can download the app.”
According to another recent report, China is the world’s second-largest iPhone market, trailing only the United States.
“The notoriously control-centric Chinese government apparently had some concerns with Apple’s stringent App Store guidelines,” Aimonetti continues. “The app claims to be part of a movement to create more transparency surrounding the PLA, though with complete control of the content of the app coming from the Chinese government (the app is essentially an RSS aggregate of military news sources) it is easy to see that the Chinese Defense Ministry is simply pandering to oversees pressure for greater access to military goings on.”