An earlier report that an upcoming firmware update to the iPhone could result in SIM-unlocked iPhones bring rendered inoperable has now been confirmed. Many owners of SIM-unlocked iPhones are reporting their phones no longer work following the installation of Apple's 1.1.1 update.
Apple issued a statement that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs caused "irreparable damage" to the device's software. The company said that this would "likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed."
According to extensive tests by the folks over at Gizmodo:
- The update will work okay in iPhones with no modification
- The update will work okay in iPhones with Installer.app (although it gets wiped out; the apps seem to remain in the iPhone, but they won't appear on your screen)
- The update will work okay in unlocked iPhones, but it will return your iPhone to the activation screen. From there, no activation is possible. The iPhone doesn't get bricked but — as expected — so, if you want to keep using it, don't update your iPhone
- This has been confirmed with both anySIM and iPhone Sim Free
- Third-party applications won't work after the update (confirmed by the Dev Team)
- Firmware 1.1.1. relocks the iPhone properly (confirmed by the Dev Team)
To read more:
- Apple iPhone warning proves true (BBC News)
- New update breaks hacked iPhones (Network World)
- Paperweight,doorstop, skipping stone? Lots of new uses for hacked iPhones (TechNewsWorld)
We will post additional information as it becomes available.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.