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  • Unlocked iPhones Bricked by new Updates?
    Apple is reportedly saying they have "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."

    What does this mean to all us unlocked iPhone users? It means do NOT update your firmware yet, is all. The update is due out this week sometime, and iTunes doesn't force you to update, so just don't. Within a few days, there will be a fix out for upgrading unlocked iPhone's to the new firmware, not to worry. Just make sure that when it first comes out, you don't do the update yet.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Unlocked iPhones Bricked by new Updates? started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 129 Comments
    1. gforce05's Avatar
      gforce05 -
      Forgive the noobish question, but by unlock do you mean modded (such as custom applications and themes) or just those who unlocked their phone to use it with another service provider?
    1. Greenkirby21's Avatar
      Greenkirby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gforce05 View Post
      Forgive the noobish question, but by unlock do you mean modded (such as custom applications and themes) or just those who unlocked their phone to use it with another service provider?
      That's what i want to known also. I only have a custom skin using summertheme, and a custom ringtone. I still use AT and T and everything. Should I just restore it now?
    1. wannagotopopeyes's Avatar
      wannagotopopeyes -
      unlock is just when you make it so you can use tmobile or vodafone sim cards/service with the iphone instead of ATT
    1. SAO's Avatar
      SAO -
      does this include hardware hacks?
    1. gforce05's Avatar
      gforce05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greenkirby21 View Post
      That's what i want to known also. I only have a custom skin using summertheme, and a custom ringtone. I still use AT and T and everything. Should I just restore it now?
      I'm dying to know because I just purchased my iPhone last Friday, and modded it because I heard that there haven't been any problems. If I can't update my iPhone without bricking it I'm going to be pissed.

      The only modifications I have done to my iPhone are installing the Installer.app, downloading and installing some custom apps, and changing themes with Summerboard. I'm an AT&T customer so I hope that I'll be fine.
    1. ufmedrudy's Avatar
      ufmedrudy -
      They are speaking strictly about SIM unlocking (i.e. using a SIM card other than AT&T)

      If anything custom programs, skins etc will probably just be made to do a complete restore as the other updates have.
    1. DoerrFan's Avatar
      DoerrFan -
      Not sure if im at risk here, had AT&T, used anySIM to unlock for T-Mobile, didn't like it, restored it, should i be worried?
    1. gforce05's Avatar
      gforce05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoerrFan View Post
      Not sure if im at risk here, had AT&T, used anySIM to unlock for T-Mobile, didn't like it, restored it, should i be worried?
      I think you are. I was reading somewhere that even if you restore your iPhone back to factory settings, it is still 'unlocked'.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      This is ONLY for SIM unlocks. And again, its only for a few days, until a fix is developed for it.
    1. ufmedrudy's Avatar
      ufmedrudy -
      Correct, restoring the phone in iTunes does not reset the phone's modem firmware which is changed when you "unlock" it....there is a tutorial in the early stages on how to reverse this...look around
    1. DoerrFan's Avatar
      DoerrFan -
      I saw that, i was gonna do it, just to much of a n00b to understand. lol
    1. ufmedrudy's Avatar
      ufmedrudy -
      Just wait it out a couple of days after the firmware release so they have a chance to crack it. From the press release, it sounds like Apple is purposefully going to brick your phone for doing this...so just hold off from the update
    1. podunk's Avatar
      podunk -
      thank the Goddess I just read this, I was about to simfree
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Well hey, there is no reason not to unlock, if you need an unlocked iPhone. Just don't update for a few days after the firmware is released, so a fix can be put together. The phone will have the EXACT same functionality it will have if you unlocked it today.
    1. iphoneroeth's Avatar
      iphoneroeth -
      I'm still wondering what that means for only modding phone (not unlocking)?
      Yes, some people say you can just restore it. Well, what if Apple decides to pull the restore option?
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Modded phones will be fine.

      There is no issue with modded phones.

      At the most, you will lose all of your apps and have to reinstall them again. No big deal, takes 10 minutes with Installer or iBrickr/Breezy. Apple will not pull the restore option - that is a great feature they have built into iTunes which has nothing to do with modding, it is for real software issues, which happen.
    1. DeusInvictus7's Avatar
      DeusInvictus7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      Modded phones will be fine.

      There is no issue with modded phones.

      At the most, you will lose all of your apps and have to reinstall them again. No big deal, takes 10 minutes with Installer or iBrickr/Breezy. Apple will not pull the restore option - that is a great feature they have built into iTunes which has nothing to do with modding, it is for real software issues, which happen.
      hes right...but pf, wont you have to redo all the mods you did? like icons and themes and all them nifty .png files that everyone has Pshopped? kinda tedious but oh well, this next update better be a worthwhile one

      cough cut and paste cough lol
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Correct. You will have to re-do your mods. Again, I would just wait a couple days after the firmware. You've been perfectly happy with your iPhone until now (minus a few small issues), whats a few more days?
    1. iph0n3's Avatar
      iph0n3 -
      hey poetic
      i believe "the way i read the artice" from apple that it is for any modifications. They also said that the WIFI music store made it so the phone received automatic updates like the psp. But then again ... I use T-mobile because of the cheap factor and just plan to wait a week or to, to see what goes on
    1. DoerrFan's Avatar
      DoerrFan -
      Can anyone give me simplified instructions on how to relock it? When i try to open 009-7698-4.dmg it says its not recognized, any help?