And then there's another issue that few people have commented on, which is that Apple's chosen carrier for the iPhone, AT&T, has a history of letting the government spy on its phone networks. So every way you slice it, the iPhone is subject to government.
The iPhone is political because it somehow manages to capture the essence of authoritarianism in its shiny little box. Totally locked down, it runs only preapproved software on a prechosen phone network that is subject to government surveillance. Long live the iPhone! Long live democracy! *
Annalee Newitz is a surly media nerd who thinks the iPhone's telephone network makes surveillance as fun as iTunes made DRM.