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The iPhone update question ... unlocked users will probably want to click "Cancel" for lack of a "Hell, NO!" option.  (Source: Gizmodo, Brian Lam)
Apple warns users that their unlocked iPhones may not work after new software update

Apple recently announced that its new update will likely kill iPhones that have been unlocked to work on to networks other than AT&T, rendering them completely inoperable.

In a statement released by the company earlier this week, the company stated: "Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed."

This statement was immediately followed by Apple's announcement that unlocking the iPhone will result in a voided warranty.

"This has nothing to do with proactively disabling a phone that is unlocked or hacked," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's unfortunate that some of these programs have caused damage to the iPhone software, but Apple cannot be responsible for ... those consequences."

Last week Steve Jobs had publicly denounced the unlocked iPhones, saying Apple would fight against them.  "It's a constant cat and mouse game," he stated.

There are currently many free and paid unlocking programs, as chronicled at DailyTech.

John McLaughlin of, a company out of Ireland that has developed unlocking software, thinks Apple's claim that unlocking software made harmful irreversible changes is fabricated.

"We have reviewed the source code of a number of these applications and to the best of our knowledge any changes made to the software can easily be reversed," McLaughlin said in an e-mail. "After unlocking the iPhone, minimal effort is required to get it in to its previously locked state."

Apple has sold over 1 million iPhones as reported at DailyTech.  There is no word on how many unlocked iPhones are "in the wild," operating on T-Mobile's compatible network or other compatible networks worldwide.

The update's includes the software that will allow the iPhone to access iTunes wirelessly and the Starbucks promotional software, among other updates.

Apple's move may be illegal according to legal experts.  The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act forbids manufacturers from voiding the warranty of a product unless they can prove that the user damaged the product.  Whether Apple's moves are legal depends on whether they can prove in court (as they likely will) that the unlocking software caused irreversible damage to the iPhone's software or hardware.

Many iPhone users will likely find this development alarming.  The solution is simply not to update their iPhones, but many will be displeased that they cannot get the same priveleges as other users -- such as WiFi iTunes.  The legality of the move is debatable, but Apple seems firmly resolved to try to stamp out unlocked iPhones.

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RE: Apple FUD
By augiem on 9/25/2007 4:32:13 PM , Rating: 5
The hilarious thing about apple is they can get away with nonsense like this because their spinmeisters are just so damn good. The consumer ends up getting a raw deal and apple somehow manages to come out smelling like a rose every time.

Remember the sudden switch to Intel processors? I don't know how the hell they did it, but somehow they came out on top there too. Apple has magically found a way to finally release the true power in Intel processors! Joy!

This is truely a sinless company. No matter what they've done, they're always right, always have been, and they're better than everyone else, period. Every new product Steve Jobs announces is so revolutionary, even Jesus has to have one.

Apple is case study in marketroidiansim gone mad.

RE: Apple FUD
By augiem on 9/25/2007 4:34:49 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, I'm not referring to the disabling of Iphones that have been unlocked. They're fully in their rights to do so, just like Sony with the PSP. What I'm commenting on is the blame-shifting, claiming people are breaking the IPhone by unlocking it. It's BULL #$@#$@, and yet they're all holy and claming to be blameless in the matter.

I can just see steve jobs in a white robe and a halo over his head.

RE: Apple FUD
By Christopher1 on 9/25/2007 6:10:40 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, no, they are not in their rights. Once something is bought by a consumer, to suddenly 'brick' that thing with an update (and I believe that if it happens it will have been INTENTIONAL) is destruction of private property, and they are not within their rights to do that, not in the least.

RE: Apple FUD
By Gul Westfale on 9/25/2007 8:20:34 PM , Rating: 3
i'd understand if they'd disable the phone features (after all they make big money on those contract fees), but to brick the whole thing is kinda heavy. there is no way that that would be an unintentional side-effect of a little update.

i'm glad i'm not an apple customer.

RE: Apple FUD
By cochy on 9/25/2007 11:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
They are only sinless because of Microsoft. Everyone loves to back the little guy.

RE: Apple FUD
By FITCamaro on 9/26/2007 9:49:18 AM , Rating: 2
This is truely a sinless company. No matter what they've done, they're always right, always have been, and they're better than everyone else, period. Every new product Steve Jobs announces is so revolutionary, even Jesus has to have one.

Hence why I refuse to buy Apple products. Apple could make a commercial where they take a kitten, put it in a blender, and then call it the iKitty, and people would rejoice and herald Apple as a true innovator. I'm getting the urge to put a kitten in a blender.....

RE: Apple FUD
By glitchc on 9/26/2007 10:35:16 AM , Rating: 2
:( But kittens are really cute.

"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference
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