As promised, Apple update disables unlocked iPhones

“Don’t say you weren’t warned. After cautioning customers earlier this week that unlocked iPhones may be disabled when installing future Apple software updates, the company on Thursday made good on its warning,” Jim Dalrymple reports for Macworld.

“Two iPhones in the Macworld offices that had the SIM hacks applied to them were disabled after installing iPhone Update 1.1.1,” Dalrymple reports.

According to Dalrymple, users “could not navigate through the iPhone’s menu” and “the ‘Slide for Emergency’ slider is the only thing available after installing the update. This allows customers to make emergency calls only.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “NeverFade” for the heads up.]


  1. MacWorld article is very terse. I don’t have an iPhone, but it seems to me that the phone is looking for an AT&T;SIMM. The article doesn’t say whether they attempted to start up the device with the original AT&T;SIMM. It might be possible that the phone was showing the error message after seeing a non-AT&T;SIMM card and refusing to go any further.

    Even if it’s not the case, this was a risk people were bound to take when updating the phone after unlocking it.

    According to other reports, it seems that those with phones hacked with third-party apps were just restored to the original state, without any third-party apps. This implies that the user will just have to re-hack it and re-install third party apps.

    Let’s give it a day or two to find out what’s happening with the unlock issue.

  2. Even if the hacked iphones havent got the new updated installed there will be a time in the future whereby you HAVE to have the latest update to use iTunes.

    That has happened with the ipod many times when iTunes has a major update.

    So theres no avoiding it im affraid, if you are one of the idiots who have hacked your iphone then welcome to never being able to update your iphone software because you are in fear of it breaking your hacked brick.

    If Apple does a major update to iTunes you aint gonna be able to use your iphone anyway if its hacked.

    GJ Apple – legimate iphone users have nothing to worry about.

  3. “Apple is the new Microsoft… I’m a longtime user and Mac-Buyer, but there are a few strange things going on. Don’t let Apple jerk you around!!”


    i mean you bought something that requires a contract, and promises new software by updates, and then you were warned about hacking it, and then again, and then warned about updates, but you did it again anyway…

    how DARE Apple not make a special patch for you just because you are dumber than a clod of dirt!

    down with elitist Mac snobs! down with people who expect you to be able to understand basic logic or have language skills! cavemen need iPhones too!

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