Stories Of iBricks Scaring Users Away From Apple Security Patches

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With stories of iPhones (even those who weren’t unlocked) getting iBricked, it seems that there’s a growing trend for people to fear Apple’s security patches. Apparently the rumors of possible damage to phones (kicked off by Apple’s own announcement) has spread widely enough that the message getting through isn’t “don’t unlock your iPhone,” as Apple may have intended — but, “don’t update your iPhone with official Apple patches.” From Apple’s perspective, that can’t be a good thing. Perhaps, next time, they’ll be a bit more careful in crafting patches.

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Paul (user link) says:

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the iPod is open to different file formats. Its just not open to different DRM formats. There are few systems that are. I’m no huge fan of Apple, but saying the iPod is such a closed system is ridiculous. The only thing “closed” is the DRM on songs that are purchased, but when it comes down to it, MOST online stores put DRM on their files that only work on a select few systems.

Strofcon says:

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It’s impossible to run iTunes without Quicktime, but it very much possible to run Quicktime without iTunes. In fact, there is absolutely no undue hindrance introduced by choosing to run Quicktime without iTunes. Also, iTunes doesn’t integrate with, or even acknowledge the existence of any other program than Quicktime, let alone peripherals. I have installed and uninstalled both iTunes and Quicktime from more computers than I care to remember, and have never had an issue arise that was caused by the addition or removal of either program (exluding, of course, iTunes’ failure to load after Quicktime is removed).

Now, whether or not it is ‘acceptable’ for iTunes to require Quicktime is another issue that I won’t tackle here. I just wanted to set the record straight, as your claim is a little skewed.

Paul (user link) says:

in my opinion...

Personally, I find it hard to believe that they can’t write a decent patch for a system as closed as the iPhone. Honestly, this may prove they wrote part of the update to brick the unlocked iPhones. It sounds like a failed method to “fix” unlocked iPhones. Whenever a system tries to block some unofficial patch, it usually catches some innocent bystanders and this is what that looks like. Its either that OR they just suck at writing patches. I mean, MS writes patches FREQUENTLY for an insanely more complex system IN A SMALLER ALLOTMENT OF TIME and doesn’t brick as nearly the same amount of systems.

Snipergod87 says:

iTunes required quicktime for video media playback say if you download a TV episode from the iTunes store. so it makes sense if its bundled together but i think you should be able to seperate what is installed because i use quicktime alternative. And back on the subject of iPhones im all for people hacking them i mean whats with apple and having an excluive deal with AT&T. no matter what happle does people are going to hack their iPhones just as no matter what the RIAA does people will download music.

common_sense says:


the reference here is only an opinion of a security firms analyst – not based upon any facts or figures.

“With the iPhone update, Apple is now producing a fear of taking their patches,” Storms said. “If they release a functionality update and security fixes at the same time in the future, some users will think twice about applying it. They’ll ask themselves, ‘What will it break this time?’ Will it backfire on me?’

if someone didn’t hack their iphone, they won’t be thinking this. that’s a rather weak argument to reference in support of a claim that apple should be more careful in crafting their patches. people who purchase the iphone, rather, should be more careful in considering the consequences of their modifications.

otseroeg says:

Ibrick . . .

I, for one, would have been a relatively early adopter. I was planning on getting at least one IPhone in Dec.’07, when one of the phones on my calling plan was due to expire. Both I and one of my daughters were very interested and I would have been glad to get her and me both one for Christmas. NOW, not only would I not get one, I won’t LET my daughter (a full grown 27-year-old adult) get one, unless she wants to go on her own calling plan.

I find the idea of “not supporting” third party software spineless enough (yes, I understand the liability implications), but to actually damage MY product, I find that downright UNAMERICAN! The IPhone isn’t proprietary software that I’m modifying. This is a piece of hardware and I should be able to run whatever software I want to on it.

Okay, yes, I’m a capitalist. I support and encourage Apple’s right to do business in whatever manner they see fit and I reserve the right not to do business with them. However, I don’t believe that Apple is doing business in a fair, open and informed manner. Rather than “not supporting” third party software, they are purposely destroying MY hardware, to punish me for not complying with their restrictions. If they only ever intended to loan out the hardware, then they should have said so up front.


What’s the point of charging you $400-$600 for something you don’t even own!?!

I’ve never liked a single Apple product since they stopped making the Apple IIc. I might have returned to the fold, with the advent of the IPhone. I’m a tech nut, in love with any technology I can afford to use. I hold an influential position in a community of fairly early adopters and I will use every opportunity to promote the purchase of almost anything else—a Treo, an HTC, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I don’t care what!—before I’ll EVER recommend an IPhone. Please don’t misunderstand. I don’t “like” the Mac, but I would recommend it for the right job. I actually have. I WOULD HAVE liked the IPhone.

Matthias says:

Apple fanboys.

The 600$ price tag with a 2-year lockin alone should have set off enough alarm bells (“ripoff” for those not with me yet).

Throw in the non-replaceable battery and the lack of support for 3rd party apps and you have a very expensive paperweight compared to the competition.

Most sane people would have looked elsewhere, as I did. The apple mystique and aura seems too strong for some.

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