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  • 'Bricked' iPhone Owners Demand Source Code in Lawsuit


    According to a story in Computerworld, plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Apple going back to October 2007 asked the judge on Wednesday to order the company to release the source code to iPhone firmware update 1.1.1. The plaintiffs claim that the update was specifically designed to "brick," or render inoperable, any iPhone that had been unlocked.

    The lawsuit alleges that Apple and AT&T violated state and federal antitrust laws by entering into a multi-year exclusive contract naming AT&T as the sole carrier in the United States, and preventing users from being able to unlock their phones for use on other networks. The plaintiffs seek an injunction against Apple to prevent the company from selling the iPhone with any software lock. They also want to force Apple to honor warranty service to users of unlocked iPhones and to allow iPhone users to get their phone service through other carriers than AT&T.

    The lawsuit was originally filed after iPhone firmware release 1.1.1 permanently disabled many unlocked first-generation iPhones. When users of unlocked phones began the install, they received the following message:

    Warning: Apple has discovered that some of the unauthorized unlocking programs available on the Internet may cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software. If you have modified your iPhone's software, applying this software update may result in your iPhone becoming permanently inoperable.
    The plaintiffs are asking to be given access to the iPhone 1.1.1 source code in order to figure out whether all iPhones were given the same update, or if the upgrade was specifically designed to disable some or all unlocked iPhones. According to their motion to the judge: "Unless Plaintiffs are given access to Version 1.1.1 source code, their ability to prove the size and scope of the Class affected by Version 1.1.1 will be severely compromised and unfairly prejudiced."

    The plaintiffs are also trying to make the case a class-action lawsuit. If the judge grants that request - indicating that he believes that the plaintiffs represent a much larger group of people that have suffered a common injury - other iPhone users would be able to join the lawsuit.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Bricked' iPhone Owners Demand Source Code in Lawsuit started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      let me ask this question. has anyones phone been bricked after unlocking and updating to a new firmware after the fact of 1.1.1, seriously. you are never hearing of people bricking an unlocked iphone by updating a firmware. since this firmware 1.1.1 was the cause of this, wouldnt u think they would put whatever bricks the phones in the following firmware files. or is this just a tease and put it in 1.1.1 and forget about it there after.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Thanks^^^^^^^^so I started with the iphone 2.1{at the first firmware was 1.0 then 1.0.1 - 1.0.2 - 2.0 - 2.0.1 - 2.0.2 - (2.1) - 2.2 - 2.2.1 - 3.0 - 3.0.1 - 3.1 - 3.1.2}
      When did unlocking become easy to do? Cuz looking back at those utube vids seemed frustrating to unlock.
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      That's ridiculous I think this is a good case you cant just screw up a phone someone purchased that's BS
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      I am the lead lead plantiff on this case. If anyone would like a copy of the deposition PM me. MMi was a hot topic in the questions.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by timbo View Post
      I am the lead lead plantiff on this case. If anyone would like a copy of the deposition PM me. MMi was a hot topic in the questions.
      Seriously? Post the depo up then
    1. Kluak's Avatar
      Kluak -
      So just to sum it up for all those people who dont get what this law suit will do FOR THE JAILBREAKING COMMUNITY (if somebody already did this im sorry for a double post but i dont have time to read all the replys) is make it so that apple can not brick any unlocked iphone in the future.

      This is the KEY part of the lawsuit

      The lawsuit alleges that Apple and AT&T violated state and federal antitrust laws by entering into a multi-year exclusive contract naming AT&T as the sole carrier in the United States, and preventing users from being able to unlock their phones for use on other networks. The plaintiffs seek an injunction against Apple to prevent the company from selling the iPhone with any software lock. They also want to force Apple to honor warranty service to users of unlocked iPhones and to allow iPhone users to get their phone service through other carriers than AT&T.
      that will explain it all.... and if you dont understand... they are saying its illegal for apple to sign with JUST at&t and that the plantiff wants apple to NOT update the software to BRICK your unlocked/jailbroken iphone in the future (aka, "selective updates") this will help out the JB community in the long run and hopefully put a stop to apple trying to make jailbreaking illegal.

      correct me if im wrong.

      pretty sure thats all i have to say

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by chris102192 View Post
      People should just STFU about the fact that apple and at&t signed a multiple year contract with each other. like seriously if you are dying to have the iphone on a network besides att move out of the US. Get the F**K over it.

      As for this case. what are they really trying to prove. oooo we got the source code to firmware 1.1.1, what are you seriously going to do with it??
      The answer is, NOTHING!!!! most of the idiots who did bring this up were people who didnt know what they were doing when they unlocked their phones. and Updated to 1.1.1, yeah they physically update to 1.1.1, because these things dont just update themselves..

      Thats just my point of view on this subject. Get over the fact that apple is with at&t already. everyones tired of hearing you complain. I mean truly, if you dont want to be on AT&T's network, dont pursue an iphone. its that easy.

      Quote:
      Originally posted by Rota
      Sounds like someone missed the point.

      ya he really did miss the point...
    1. jetfuel495's Avatar
      jetfuel495 -
      The fact that we're on 3.1.2 already doesn't matter. This is how long the US legal system takes.

      If they won, they could have their way with any firmwire
    1. MegaEduX's Avatar
      MegaEduX -
      It is, indeed, funny because unlocking phones is illegal and Apple won't give the source code out. Never.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      From Geohot's twitter

      @chronicdevteam also, the whole 1.1.1 thing is dumb, we screwed up when we caused the bricks, it wasn't apples fault at all
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Just saw that...funny
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      Quote Originally Posted by Limegrntaln View Post
      People will sue for anything. I cant believe the things people go through over a cellular telephone. You would think it was a pacemaker.
      If Appl3 bricked your White iPhone 3G[S] 32GB wouldn't you be pissed!

      Hope they win!

      From

      Area51
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      If Apple did it most people would be p!ssed - but I quoted from GeoHot's twitter above and this is what MuscleNerd said on his Twitter:
    1. tjlamro's Avatar
      tjlamro -
      Okay so I got an Iphone 3GS with the 5.11.07 FW and already has 3.1.2 (7D11) on it. I am currently resetting the iphone back to factory settings. After that I will be able to jailbreak it and then unlock it right? I use this to unlock it and jailbreak it differently right? Is there anywhere I can find a step by step process to do both so I do not mess it up? Thanks.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Wrong thread for that...A quick forum search will point you in the right direction tho, or try the "Guides" section at the top of the page