Wednesday, October 10, 2007

1.1.1 - iLocked my iPhone

Humans, we all err. Apparently, so does Steve Jobs.

I choose to consider it as the “biggest worst mistake of the year” and I’m positive it will have eternal ramifications on the reputation of Apple as a corporation, on AT&T as the ideal partner with Apple for the iPhone, and on the credibility of Jobs as a humane person capable of logical reasoning and compassion.

Ok, so what the heck am I babbling about? It’s a long story, and it doesn’t seem as if the book’s gonna close. I’m talking about the latest iPhone software update, 1.1.1, which was released to permanently lock all illegally unlocked iPhones for use with other networks other than AT&T’s, so that all unlocked or tempered iPhones will be reduced into a perpetual unusable state upon the installation of 1.1.1. This has got the iPhone community fuming mad, and it has raised certain disconcerting ideas about Apple products in general, and also about how one may know where is the line they shouldn’t cross when it comes to software hacks.

I personally am against this move by Apple, and I’m extremely horrified that such a trusted company renowned for making quality devices would ever resort to such drastic callous means just to ensure that no more phone hacking incidents take place. I mean, its stupid, it’s so unlike Apple, and I believe that this will eventually be a backlash, causing more problems instead of solving the issue. It would cause more discontent amongst early iPhone adopters, and even strengthen the resolve of the hacking community to unlock locked iPhones fully.

It’s a complicated issue, it’s debatable if Apple’s decision is right or not, and there’s also the possibility that AT&T was the company who pressured Apple to take on such a measure, leaving Apple with not much choice but to comply with AT&T’s demands… well, it’s impossible to discuss this incident in-depth here, these are just some of my initial views, and most probably I’ll be talking more about this on the upcoming TUWP episode.

But for now, just bear in mind that Apple doesn’t fancy you meddling with their software, they are violently against third-party involvement, and it’s best to leave your expensive iPhone in a “virgin” state.

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