The iPad jailbreaking countdown

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you probably know that tomorrow is iPad day. Silly name aside, the iPad has brought on a lot of debate: why you should or shouldn’t buy one, why you should get one with or without 3G access, and even whether the iPad is such a big deal at all. Doesn’t it just look a big iPod touch?

That sounds about right. This doesn’t bother a lot of people; in fact, one guy has been sitting in line since yesterday for one. He was also first in line for the iPhone and many other things, but he’s not going to miss anything.

Neither are the hackers. The iPad is a locked device, so you won’t be able to install any outside apps on it.

Until someone figures out a way to jailbreak it. That’s going to happen very quickly, folks. People will want to install outside apps to make their tablet useful for something beside reading newspapers and playing games, and someone with hacking skills will go to such lengths. Remember how quickly the iPhone–a completely new OS–was jailbroken? The iPad runs a similar OS to the iPhone OS, so jailbreaking could happen even more quickly.

Forget the iPad countdown. I’m waiting for the jailbreaking countdown. It’s coming.

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