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iPhone Update -- Hackers' Edition
By Rob Beschizza September 28, 2007 | 4:51:48 PMCategories: iPhone Hacks

So, the iPhone's software has hit version 1.1.1. There's good news, and there's bad news.

(These are gathered from around the net, and may be variously right, wrong, or completely illucid. Fixes and updates are encouranged in the comments.)

If you've unlocked your iPhone but have not upgraded it:

• Don't upgrade it! Tell iTunes, "No!" It will almost certainly not work afterwards, with no reliable remedy yet available.

If you've unlocked your iPhone and already upgraded it:

• Your phone is bricked until further notice. It can be reactivated with an AT&T SIM if you unlocked it with iPhoneSIMfree, according to iPhoneSIMFree.

• There are anecdotal reports that the Genius Bar will restore unlocked brickPhones if you're lucky, or if you lie to the Genius.

If you've hacked/jailbroken your iPhone but have not unlocked it:

• You can upgrade, but reports of success are not unanimous. You will, at least, lose access to your third-party additions and hacks, and the ability to downgrade the firmware. You may also have to restore the iPhone software from scratch. Some report that updating a hacked-but-still-locked iPhone has bricked it to the point where attempts to restore it fail.

If you haven't hacked/jailbroken your iPhone:

• Upgrade only if you're an everday, by-the-book user who is reading all this solely to take pleasure in others' misfortune.

• Don't upgrade if you want to use carriers other than AT&T, or install unofficial software such as IM clients, game emulators, IRC and Terminal.

If you have upgraded your iPhone and it still works:

• Your installed apps are invisible and inaccessible, but still present on the phone.

• You can restore iPhones after you attempted to jailbreak or otherwise hack it, and doing so bricks the phone.

• There is no jailbreak for 1.1.1, or any other means to mess with the iPhone or get your hacks working again. Expect to wait a while.

• If you cancelled your AT&T service, you'll have to reactivate the iPhone. AT&T says hi.

• You cannot downgrade to 1.0.2

• You cannot change SIMS to use alternative carriers.

• You cannot use any third party applications that are not Safari apps.

• Installing AppTapp bricks the iPhone, but the iPhone can be restored.

• Non-iTunes ringtones can't be installed.

If your phone is bricked after updating, but you never hacked it at all:

• You can restore bricked iPhones if they were bricked due to USB weirdness, problems with unusual AT&T SIM cards, or other innocent behavior.

If you feel betrayed:

Stop it. You knew what you were getting into. You are being punished for not trusting perfection. Live with it and move on.†

† Moving on requires a two-year subscriber agreement and carries a $200 early termination fee. By moving on, you agree to the terms and conditions specified in the end user license agreement, which can be read in Istro-Rumanian at the Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina after 4 p.m. on weekday afternoons that are both full moons and in which the date of the month is a prime number, following

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