Apple iPhone warning proves trueBBC News wrote:An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.
Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device "permanently inoperable".
Thousands of iPhone owners hacked their expensive gadget in order to unlock it for use with other mobile carriers and to run a host of unsupported programs.
There are also reports of the update causing issues with unaltered iPhones.
On Monday Apple issued a statement in which it said many of the unauthorised iPhone unlocking programs caused "irreparable damage" to the device's software.
The company said this would "likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed".
That warning has now proved correct as many owners are reporting their phones no longer work following installation of the update.
I kind of hoped this would be beneath Apple, but apparently not.
For those who don't know, the US of Awesomeness has the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is that not the most sinister name since the PATRIOT Act?), which prevents hacking hardware and firmware.
This is mostly a direct result of the objectionable way the lobbying firms and senators operate.
Anyway, this bill has a few exceptions, one being that hacking cell-phone firmware to change your operator is legal.
A convenient loop-hole is that there are NO laws againt disabling hacked devices.
So yeah, Apple goes out and screws everyone who wanted to change their desktop-shortcuts or not pay 40 bucks a month to AT&T.