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September 24, 2007

iPhone Users Beware

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Apple warned iPhone users today that a new software update to be issued later this week could make hacked iPhones completely inoperable. Recall that since the iPhone's North American release in June, several hackers have posted methods online that show users how to unlock the phone's cellular network so it can be used on networks other than AT&T.

How exactly the new software will disable hacked phones hasn't been reported, but Apple has said that the network hack can apparently cause software damage to the phone. They have also stated that this software update is not a proactive attempt to prevent users from switching cellular networks, though I find the fact that this statement has been publicized to be kind of suspicious.

Apple is an amazing company though, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Not that they don't have the right to prevent the issue, but transparency and honesty is something I believe every public company should espouse.

On a final note, I should mention that the software update is in preparation for the Apple-Starbucks partnership commencing in early October as well as access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, among other features. Also for those of you who have hacked your phones and are planning on using your warranty in case of software damage, you've voided your own warranty and are out of luck!

Via CNNMoney

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Posted by Justin Davey at September 24, 2007 8:52 PM

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