(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

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iphones, unlock


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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    TriZz, 28 Sep 2007 @ 6:41am

    iPhone Hacking

    ...Apple has said that they're not going to intentionally mess with the people who are hacking iPhones. However, they're also not going to work around the people who are hacking iPhones either!

    This sounds right to me. Apple created the device, and I see no reason for them to support it any way that they see fit. You have to realize that being a techie and hacking your phone really makes you the minority. Most people just go about things the way they were designed and Apple has a duty to support the majority.

    You have to also keep in mind that Apple is in bed with AT&T for the next 5 years...consider this like taking your girlfriend's side in an debate she's having with someone at work. You have to take her side because it's your girlfriend.

    PS: I have an iPhone. It was hacked. The hacked phone seemed buggy to me, not nearly as responsive. So, I restored it prior to the update.

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