“iPhone owners charging Apple and AT&T with breaking antitrust laws asked a federal judge this week to force Apple to hand over the iPhone source code, court documents show,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“The lawsuit, which was filed in October 2007, accuses Apple and AT&T of violating antitrust laws, including the Sherman Act, by agreeing to a multi-year deal that locks U.S. iPhone owners into using the mobile carrier,” Keizer reports.
“On Wednesday, the plaintiffs asked U.S. District Court Judge James Ware to compel Apple to produce the source code for the iPhone 1.1.1 software, an update that Apple issued in September 2007,” Keizer reports. “The update crippled iPhones that had been unlocked, or ‘jailbroken,’ so that they could be used with mobile providers other than AT&T. The iPhone 1.1.1 ‘bricked’ those first-generation iPhones that had been hacked, rendering them useless and wiping all personal data from the device.”
“Several days before iPhone 1.1.1 was released, Apple threatened to take action against users who had hacked their handsets, saying that doing so would ‘violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty,'” Keizer reports. “‘Unless Plaintiffs are given access to Version 1.1.1 source code, their ability to prove the size and scope of the Class affected by Version 1.1.1 will be severely compromised and unfairly prejudiced,’ the motion read.”
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