“Apple dislikes seeing its craved iPhone freed from AT&T’s tight grip and has issued a warning towards all customers that future firmware updates crafted at Cupertino might render the unlocked iPhones useless,” Max Brenn writes for eFluxMedia.

“‘Apple strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs on their iPhones,’ the company wrote in a statement to the press. ‘Users who make unauthorized modifications to the software on their iPhone violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty.’ Apple added that the ‘permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone’s warranty,'” Brenn writes.

“It’s not a surprise the fact that Apple decided to set things straight,” Brenn writes. “I have never doubted about the fact that Apple would eventually reinstall AT&T on its “multi-year exclusivity” throne and in the end, this is what it’s all about: Steve Jobs signed a contract with AT&T and has to follow its terms. Are you naive enough to think that in at least two years of development Apple and AT&T didn’t think that someone might try unlocking the iPhone to use it with another network?”

Brenn writes, “Apple’s business is apparently based on sharing the revenues carriers reap from selling the iPhone along with long time subscriptions… It’s important for Apple’s future partners (including the European ones announced last week, O2 in the UK and T-mobile in Germany) to know that they will enjoy the same exclusivity as AT&T.”

Full article here.

Users who have modified their iPhones’ software should attempt to “relock” their iPhones to original condition before installing Apple-supplied iPhone software updates or risk bricking their iPhones and/or voiding their warranties. Hacks are never supported by manufacturers. Solder iron-wielding iPhone hardware modders are, as always, completely on their own.