Jailbreaking App Gets All Official-Like
June 19, 2012

Jailbreaking App Gets All Official-Like

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com

When the iPhone first launched, it wasn´t all that out of the ordinary to want to jailbreak your device with the intent to load it with extra features and functionality. Of course, the first time I ever saw such a device, a fellow redOrbit staff writer had jailbroken his device so he could play one of those ant-squishing games. Productive stuff.

Yes, whether users wanted the ability to load extra games on their Apple device or the ability to make their desktop look like an Android handset (some people are very strange, indeed) jailbreaking has also been the method of choice. However, with the launch of the App Store, the reasons to jailbreak have all but diminished. That is, of course, unless you love hacking, still want to play some old Nintendo ROMS, or just want to stick it to the Ghost of Jobs.

One of the last remaining reasons to jailbreak was the issue of transporting video and screen shares from one device to another. The technology has been there all along; During every iPhone announcement, the team at Apple has taken advantage of it to display on the big screen what they´re touching on the small one.

Thanks to the jailbreaking community and a Cydia app called “Display Recorder,” iPhone users who needed a way to display their screen to the world were assuaged. The only drawback: They had to jailbreak their phone, and jailbreaking is not for the faint of heart.

In a very interesting turn of events, the App Store has now allowed an app of the same name–albeit from a very different developer–to be available for purchase. Display Recorder (by Bugun Software) does just what it says, records whatever is displayed on your phone and then allows it to be saved to your camera roll and even YouTube. The app also allows you to adjust video and audio settings. The App can record audio through either the headset or the external microphone, then will merge the two together in the end.

According to 9to5mac.com, the app records by taking a very quick succession of screen shots to piece together a video. Apple usually will not allow third-party apps which mimic a native iPhone function into the app store, such as screen shot apps or playlist generators. (The notable exception, of course, are third-party browsers. This is probably to avoid an anti-trust lawsuit, however.)

For now, the Display Recorder app is available in the App store for $1.99, though it might not be there for very long.

9to5mac.com is also reporting that the creator of the original Cydia version of Display Recorder is announcing on Twitter that this app is not his. Ryan Petrich, creator of the original app, tweeted yesterday, “Filed my first complaint in iTunes Connect today. DisplayRecorder in the App Store is not mine in spite of it using the same marketing”– Ryan Petrich (@rpetrich)

Petrich can very well file as many complaints as he wants, though, I´m curious to see what Apple will do about it. After all, Petrich created the app to run in direct conflict with Apple´s EULA. Apple will probably investigate the new, legal version of Display Recorder, outside of a possible App store removal, I´m not sure what Petrich expects to come from his complaint.