Another Bad Day for Apple
Looks like today’s 1.1.1 release of the iPhone firmware is creating a mess for both unlocked and regular iPhones.
Here is what happened to Jonathan Seff of iPhone Central:
I decided to try the 1.1.1 iPhone update on my unlocked and hacked phone. The process went along just fine until the iPhone restarted. Then I got a message on the screen that I had an incorrect SIM. I took the SIM out of the iPhone and put it in my old Treo, and it worked—I called my phone and it rang as expected.
Why is Apple doing this? The people who unlocked their phones are the most loyal apple fans out there. They might not like AT&T (who does?), but they love the hell out of their iPhones.
Over on the NYT’s Bits blog, we get a glimpse of what is going on:
Speaking in London last week, Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said the company is in a “cat and mouse” game with hackers.
“People will try to break in, and it’s our job to stop them breaking in,” he said.
Right – but at the same time, it is those hackers that make the iPhone much more desirable. And what the hell is suddenly wrong with creating some third-party software anyway. Something is seriously screwed up with a hardware company that doesn’t allow users to create their own software.