Mobile devices, Planets and the Human Condition

Apple releasing self-destruct code for iPhone, iCripple

, posted: 25-Sep-2007 13:34

Why am I not surprised?

Apple are spin doctoring at the moment claiming "Unlocking your iPhone could render the iPhone permanently unusable"

ONCE you install a patch from apple.

so what they mean is "We are releasing a Patch that will disable your iPhone if it has been hacked"

Apple strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs on their iPhones. Users who make unauthorized modifications to the software on their iPhone violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty. The permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone's warranty.

Yet another reason why I will stay resolute and continue my boycott of all things Apple.

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Comment by sbiddle, on 25-Sep-2007 15:58

You have to wonder whether the bad publicity associated with 1000's of iPhones that could potentially be trashed overnight is worth it.

Then again I can see a ware developing very much like the HD-DVD encryption codes where it's an ongoing battle between both players.

If Apple didn't see an iPhone hack appearing within the first few months then they completely underestimated the hacking industry. It's a bit like MS's WGA security - h8x0rs have copies of Vista that never need activating and always work. Legit users suffer when issues develop such as the WGA authentication server failed.

Comment by freitasm, on 25-Sep-2007 16:20

I still don't understand how people can support such a closed system...

Comment by rscole86, on 25-Sep-2007 21:42

It wont be long until someone makes some malicious code so that it makes the iphone is 'unlocked' and therefore this iCripple will cripple an orignal phone.

Comment by stevonz, on 26-Sep-2007 13:09

There's already a guide: How To ReLock an iPhone Before the Firmware Update

PM me if you want a link to the PDF file...

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