(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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Unlocked iPhones (Temporarily?) iBricked

from the and-so-it-goes dept

As Apple warned earlier this week, the latest firmware update did, in fact, "break" unlocked iPhones and kill unofficial 3rd party iPhone apps. It's still not clear how intentional this was, but it still seems like something that Apple should have made at least a little more of an effort to avoid. The folks who unlocked their iPhones and who were installing 3rd party apps were the early adopters who were most likely to go out and evangelize the device -- especially if it was more useful thanks to alternative networks and better applications. Over at Gizmodo, they have a good post discussing what's actually happening, with two important points: the update is not doing any permanent damage to the phone (meaning that it'll probably be a short while until software hacks are developed to bring bricked iPhones back to life) and that Apple could have pretty easily avoided messing up the phones (suggesting that perhaps it was at least somewhat intentional).

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  1. identicon
    Random Thoughts, 28 Sep 2007 @ 6:05am

    Good Apple

    Everybody complains about the (in)security of Windows anything. I say three cheers if Apple wants to tighten up their system to prevent poorly crafted, unauthorized 3rd party apps from creating security holes by keeping them from running at all. Remember, you hack-crazy idiots, you only get a LICENSE to use the OS and apps anyway. You don't OWN much of anything in the way of software/firmware. A license can have any restrictions the seller wants to put in, within some legal boundaries. If Apple wants to use proprietary hardware as part of their strategy, that is also their right. Nobody forced you to buy an iPhone, iTouch, iPod or Mac. You bought it because it is a nicely integrated package that works pretty reliably when compared with anything M$ ever did.
    PS - Every computing thing I have is 'windows', nothing Apple, and I don't own a cell phone because I don't need the interruptions, annoyances or expenses involved. I just think Apple is predominately right in this issue.

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