Apple's 1.1.1 firmware and its associated "iBrick"
feature have generated a fair amount of press coverage, web site articles and
angry blog postings. Some consumers have even gone so far as to file a lawsuit against the company for monopolistic practices and the
official company response of "buy a new one" left a bad taste in many
However, as with many electronic devices in the past, the game of cat-and-mouse
between vendor and hacker continues. The iphoneSimFree team released version 1.6 of its SimFree application, which not only unlocks the
new 1.1.1 firmware, but claims to be able to "unbrick" phones
rendered inoperable by the upgrade. On the iphoneSimFree website, the proud
claim is made that "iphoneSimFree can FIX all phones that anySim and
iUnlock bricked with the 1.1.1 update."
The brick-fix requires users to downgrade their iPhone's firmware to 1.0.2, and
does require the user to pay the asking price of $100 for the software -- a
hefty price compared to anySIM's cost of "free," but still cheaper
than a new iPhone. The iphoneSimFree team makes a point to thank the iPhone Dev
Team on their page as well, so there seems to be no signs of animosity for
While DailyTech does not have access
to a bricked 1.1.1 iPhone to test this upgrade, a user comment on Engadget
claims that the software successfully restored his iBrick to working status.