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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.

    MacNN
    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. red_pill's Avatar
      red_pill -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      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.
      Hey Poetic, i will be getting the iPhone in the next 2 days, and Ill have it in my hands on friday, if the update comes out, what should i do to do the macintosh-based unlock? Anything different since I have to sync with iTunes, etc? Thanks in advance.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      LAY OFF THE CAPS, BUT THANKS.

      @eg6motion - sure, or we can just be smart enough to not update the firmware until it is fixed. The DMCA allows unlocking of cell phones. Technically, either AT&T or Apple should be offering these unlock codes for free, but they are not, so we mod stuff. I'm fine waiting a day or two until we have developed a fix for the new firmware. Such is the [small] price we pay for having hacked phones.
      i'am fine with my phone,i dont care if we never find a fix for this update i will nerver update my phone,i will never deal with AT&T again i hate them so much.
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      its just like the PSP......sony continued to update the firmware but hackers always broke it for downgrading....so its not like apple will win this and besides you dont have to upgrade...i know i wont as long as i can do everything i do now
    1. k0mpresd's Avatar
      k0mpresd -
      some of you need to put the coffee down and the reading glasses on
    1. Kelvin's Avatar
      Kelvin -
      Everyone should take a chill pill and and concentrate on the facts, apple has not said they are going to brick your phone on purpose, they are just making you aware that it could possibly happen.
      Also I dont think that installing a theme on your phone voids the warranty, this is tottaly wrong info at least for me it was.
      I went to the Apple store te other day to get a new iMac and I decided to return my wifes "modded" phone because of a dead pixal and the light from the lcd was leaking a bit through the top near the speaker. When we started driving there we realized that we had forgotten to reset the phone to factory defaults, I decided to just go and see what would happen. Turns out the Apple employee didnt blink twice about here Tinkerbell theme and went ahead with the exchange. He pulled out what appeared to be a refurbished unlocked unit and took her sim out and put hers in and emidiately started working.
      We didnt really care if it was refurbished I mean its basically a new phone, so I got my new iMac and she got her self a new iphone.
      So I dont know if this was an error or oversite on the employees but he clearly saw the bright tinkerbell theme.
      I think apple has learned from there previous errors "dropping the price" and are not going to want another iphone national news uprising again.
      Great jobs on the part of the devs for keeping the iphone as interesting as possible.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Yup. Its not a huge deal. Just stay informed.
    1. Kelvin's Avatar
      Kelvin -
      Just one question off topic.... Does anyone know how I can edit my name on this thing? I would like to use my aka, ebay id/Gamer tag/ everything name.
      Thanks again and sorry for the off topic question!
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      pm me
    1. TOXiN's Avatar
      TOXiN -
      not to worried about it... if it dies.. im sure someone will have a fix.. who cares if people cant call me for a few days.. haha but... for thos business folk.. haha sorry guys/gals
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by TOXiN View Post
      not to worried about it... if it dies.. im sure someone will have a fix.. who cares if people cant call me for a few days.. haha but... for thos business folk.. haha sorry guys/gals
      So True.

      Im getting my Iphone Just a few days after the expected firmware updates



      Now i have to wait till i've got the go ahead for 1.1.1.

      Is there a way i can update my Iphone to 1.0.2? even when the 1.1.1 updates are released?
    1. chal2les's Avatar
      chal2les -
      "Is there a way i can update my Iphone to 1.0.2? even when the 1.1.1 updates are released?"

      I am also curious about this question - anyone knows how to update it to 1.0.2? Is it possible to restore the iphone without it asking to check for firmware update?
    1. rgates's Avatar
      rgates -
      Deal is that 1st of all Apple has no right to render hardware inoperable, I purchased the hardware and software and therefore own a limited license to it (DMCA). 2nd, I would imagine it to be extremely difficult to completely brick an iPhone by doing ANYTHING with software - some chips are not writable/erasable - those that are can be restored - everything on flash can be restored easily anyways. It'll be just a matter of time after the so-called apple-bricked phones are back up and running.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      It'll be just a matter of time after the so-called apple-bricked phones are back up and running.
      Yep, But Developers for unlocking phones must also create an unlock program that'll unlock your phone even with the 1.1.1 firmware.

      And Jailbreaking MUST be re-writen to break the 1.1.1 firmware.

      OR im left without my NES =(

    1. rgates's Avatar
      rgates -
      Hackers are usually ahead of the game... I'd like to know if there's any legal way of fighting phone locking in general? As far as I know phones can be unlocked, but the unlock may not be shared according to DMCA. Can a lawyer or person with knowledge on the subject please give us some insight?

      I believe just sitting here sucking at Apple's teat with petitions is the wrong way to go. Class-action lawsuits have won more often than not against Apple. Let's start one - I don't like being ****** around with - I buy a product - I have the damn right to use it for whatever I want - and if I throw it off a bridge - my deal - just my two cents...
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rgates View Post
      Hackers are usually ahead of the game... I'd like to know if there's any legal way of fighting phone locking in general? As far as I know phones can be unlocked, but the unlock may not be shared according to DMCA. Can a lawyer or person with knowledge on the subject please give us some insight?

      I believe just sitting here sucking at Apple's teat with petitions is the wrong way to go. Class-action lawsuits have won more often than not against Apple. Let's start one - I don't like being ****** around with - I buy a product - I have the damn right to use it for whatever I want - and if I throw it off a bridge - my deal - just my two cents...
      I agree,
      Good luck getting funding for a lawyer though.

      I'd love to take part though. Maybe we can make world headlines.

      (Day Dreams)...
    1. egmac's Avatar
      egmac -
      Hi, is it for sure that iTunes doesn´t force me to update?

      greetings from Austria where my broken iPhones is working perfectly!
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Yes,

      It will PopUp with "New Updates available" and give u a Choice wheater to install or not.

      Most people are betting that disfunctional Iphones can be re-flashed to work again.

      But i wouldn't take any chances in updating just yet.
    1. egmac's Avatar
      egmac -
      Oh, fine! Let´s hope that normal syncing will be also possible without updating....... I´m wondering how long it will take to "mend" this upcoming problem in our cat & mouse game. A "technician" told me that this one will take a little longer, since the current SIM unlock is based on a buffer overrun which will be closed with the new firmware update.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      ouch.

      Thats gonna suck. Especially for me. Im getting my iphone on Monday and i was planning on unlocking it.

      How am i supposed to update the Iphone to 1.0.2 with itunes now!!?

      But in answer to your question: I'd say about 48 hours. lol.

      Most likely hackers will attack the new updates.
      Probably re-releasing the updates so it doesn't affect the unlocking process and doesn't turn it to a brick!

      I hope they release a new workaround as soon as it comes out.
      Cross your fingers and HOPE apple is hacked and its firmware is leaked.

      *chanting* LEAK LEAK LEAK
    1. Tinman's Avatar
      Tinman -
      Most everyone seems to be saying it will all be OK. Great, but what is the status of jaibreaking the iPod Touch? Last I checked it still wasn't possible.

      If this is still the case, and 1.1.1 locks the iPhone down like the Touch, I will be ticked (and will not update, naturally).


      BTW: On another note it's great to be able to discuss this on a forum without the "If you didn't like the iPhone the way it came, why did you buy it?" BS. I just had someone on another site write a 5,000 word rant all because I said I would be pissed off if Apple really did cripple the ability to add 3rd party apps.



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      Mike