(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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    Wolfger, 28 Sep 2007 @ 4:11am

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    It was pretty obviously intentional. As another commenter noted, emergency calls still work. There's absolutely no reason regular calls won't work if emergency calls will, except for deliberate interference of the regular calls. This is clearly a move by Apple to maintain control (and keep their business partner happy). The question is, how long will it take before they get tired of playing "cat and mouse" with the hackers?

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