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Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:07
Apple May "Unintentionally" Kill Unlocked iPhones with Update
Jason Mick (Blog) - September 25, 2007 2:34 PM
DailyTech
Apple warns users that their unlocked iPhones may not work after new software update

Apple recently announced that its new update will likely kill iPhones that have been unlocked to work on to networks other than AT&T, rendering them completely inoperable.
In a statement released by the company earlier this week, the company stated: "Apple has 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."

This statement was immediately followed by Apple's announcement that unlocking the iPhone will result in a voided warranty.

"This has nothing to do with proactively disabling a phone that is unlocked or hacked," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's unfortunate that some of these programs have caused damage to the iPhone software, but Apple cannot be responsible for ... those consequences."

Last week Steve Jobs had publicly denounced the unlocked iPhones, saying Apple would fight against them. "It's a constant cat and mouse game," he stated.

There are currently many free and paid unlocking programs, as chronicled at DailyTech.

John McLaughlin of UniquePhones.com, a company out of Ireland that has developed unlocking software, thinks Apple's claim that unlocking software made harmful irreversible changes is fabricated.... More     Comments in the Forums
 

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