(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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    Quentin, 28 Sep 2007 @ 9:40am

    RE: It's a phone

    And your car is just a car, and your house is just a house, but I bet you want it to be yours no matter who made it and told you what you could do with it when you bought it.

    It's defining ownership. Yeah, for this argument it's just a phone, but if they can get away with it, everyone else will try the same. And soon enough it will be with something that matters to you, then I don't want to hear you bitch about it, cause you could have saw it coming.

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