Software update disables hacked iPhones

Sorry, Charlie! ^^

Sat Sep 29, 6:17 AM ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Apple Inc. has issued a software update that creates problems for iPhones modified to work with a cellular carrier other than AT&T Inc. and disables at least some unofficial programs installed on other iPhone handsets.

Apple warned earlier this week that the iPhone update — which adds access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store and fixes some security flaws — could permanently disable phones running programs that untether phones from its exclusive partner's network.

Several gadget enthusiast Web sites, including Gizmodo and Engadget, as well as online postings from hacker communities reported that, depending on which unlocking program was used, certain modified phones no longer worked after they installed Thursday's software update. In some cases, the phones worked, but only with the original SIM card that ties the phone to AT&T.

Some sites also reported uncondoned third-party applications on the iPhones became disabled after the update.

Some hackers had characterized Apple's warning as "a scare tactic." Despite Apple's history of playing cat-and-mouse games with hackers in the past, company officials insisted they were "not proactively" trying to make hacked iPhones useless.

It was unclear how many iPhone owners had unlocked their phones, but the programs — including several that can be downloaded for free — appeared to be particularly popular with European consumers. Apple isn't selling the iPhone or initiating the service in Europe until November, so the unlocking software allowed Europeans who bought iPhones in the United States to use the $399 devices.

Installing Apple's latest iPhone update is optional.

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4 Responses to Software update disables hacked iPhones

  1. SerenityLife says:

    Are u having issues with your iPhone? My father said that he did not want one but he has a blackberry that he does not know how to use! Ha ha.

  2. Mikey says:

    Have him go to the local Apple Store and have them show him the iPhone and let him play with it… bet he comes back with one! ^^ Then you can put on some hip iPod songs for him! :)However, iPhones aren't really designed for corporate users. Is his Blackberry a company asset? If he is mainly doing emails, then Blackberry is what you want. So funny, there are so many peeps working here that have not a clue about how to really use their "Dingleberries"! ^^Most are happy with their iPhones, including me. Seductive, you might say…Laptop Magazine (10/2007) has an excellent comparison of smart phones this issue, including the iPhone…. Staying connected overseas

  3. Qhoen says:

    Nice informative post there.. thx for sharing and thx for the friendly welcomecheers.. ^_^

  4. Mikey says:

    Thanks. Hope you enjoy it here. 🙂

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