Relock Your iPhone

iPhone bricked

Did you read the headlines? Apple has issued an iPhone update that could disable the device permanently, they claim. Maybe you have unlocked your iPhone to use a different cellphone network to the one you were tied to when you bought it. Or you wanted to enable third-party plugins that the company doesn’t want you to use you could be affected.

Sheeeee-it!!! That’s a real blow for the hackers, surely? There must be thousands of iPhone users out there who managed to brick their phone, and so soon after launch too.

Thankfully, there are hackers and then there are unhackers. MacNN has a 20-step plan to relock an unlocked iPhone, it all looks a bit complicated and he warns that the instructions are in flux, so don’t use them just yet. He’ll give the “finalized” signal soon enough, I’m sure.

Doesn’t this all just smack of yet more dominance by a multinational corporate entity? Can someone explain why an iPhone user shouldn’t be able to hack the machine they bought and regardless of whether it voids their warranty use it for any purpose (legal, of course) that they see fit? If I’d actually bought an iPhone, I’d want to immediately start messing around with its guts. Why does Apple have any rights over my use of the device that I bought, had I bought it?

Maybe I’m missing the point. Does spending good money on an iPhone only give you a limited license to use it in ways the company defines? They don’t slap a license on a document scanner or an electric guitar or a pocket calculator (remember those?) do they? And, you can do some pretty awful things with all three of those devices.

I am pretty sure there will be a lot of disgruntled early adopters who are not only pissed at the $200 discount that was offered on the iPhone after they bought it but who had also modd’ed their machine now only to find that it’s bricked. Of course, if the brickedness of your iPhone really is permanent, then you could always varnish it and use it as a paperweight.

If you want to learn more about the actual brick photographed, please leave a comment.

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.