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. I am amused by the negative reactions to Apple protecting its partnership with AT&T;. People bought an iPhone KNOWING this was the deal, and now act like Apple is the new Microsoft because it won’t let THEM do what THEY want with a phone THEY knew was with AT&T;. Classic. Just classic. When the hell did Mac users become so GOD DAMN whiney? Are these Windows converts? If so, go the hell back, would you?

  2. It’s not possible at the moment to just re-hack a locked iPhone. As I understand it, the first step of the hack was to put the 1.0.2 firmware and then the unlocking process begins. If you now restore to factory settings you will get firmware 1.1.1 and no unlock exists for that firmware yet. So bottomline, freeze any update to your phone till further notice. Also just don;t update iTunes either (though getting older windows versions of iTunes is not difficult)

  3. > Apple is the new Microsoft

    Nonsense. This is Apple being like it has always been. It’s not any different than Apple actively preventing Mac OS X from working on generic Intel PCs. If you want to use Mac OS X, you have to buy a Mac. If you want to use an iPhone, you have to use it with AT&T;service. If you don’t want to buy a Mac, use Windows or Linux. If you don’t want AT&T;service, get another mobile phone.

    If Apple did nothing to stop unlocking of iPhones now, it would be too late. And it would probably be in violation of its contract with AT&T;. Also, if Apple did not enforce exclusivity now, it would not be able to command the current huge advantage in negotiating terms with its international iPhone service partners.

    In fact, this is an example of Apple being the antithesis of Microsoft. If it was Microsoft, this situation would not have occurred, because Microsoft would have licensed the iPhone UI technology to every taker. Microsoft does not care about user experience. Apple maintains strict control of user experience. As technology becomes more complex, that control is exactly WHY Macs, iPods, and iPhones have been so successful lately.

  4. I actually had a very scary moment with an _unhacked_ iPhone: plugged it in, said update, and it threw an error on the update, which bricked the phone. Fortunately after a few reset attempts (during which I got more and more freaked out), it finally went on and did the update. It’s restoring the files to the phone now.


  5. I agree with Tyk… The deal was very clear upfront and you cannot blame Apple. I’m not used to whiney Apple users and I’m also wondering if all the noise is coming from Windows/iPhone user or recent converts.

  6. I’m with Tyk. The terms of the iPhone MORE than clearly stated the requirement of an AT&T;account activation. As soon as I read from initial installers of this update that it triggered a re-activation with AT&T;I knew the hacked iPhones were in trouble.

    Tinker at your own risk people.

  7. Hmm. I actually think Apple doesn’t really care about people unlocking their phones.. Sure, they don’t want to support any bad software, but I think they really don’t mind if people hack their phones. I believe that’s why they ‘warned’ everyone days ahead of time that their update might break some of the hacked phones.. They do at least have to pretend they’re being supportive of their partnership with AT&T;, but in the end, I think they were basically telling people to unhack their phones before they update them.. Then you can hack them again.

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