Best to avoid iPhone update 1.1.1 if you can

Best to avoid iPhone update 1.1.1 if you can

Summary: If I had an iPhone, there's no way I'd be installing the latest update on it (unless it was just to see what happened ...).

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A quick look at Apple's iPhone support forum seems to suggest that the latest firmware update for the iPhone (version 1.1.1, informally codenamed "Bricker") is toxic to both locked and unlocked handsets.

If I had an iPhone, there's no way I'd be installing the latest update on it (unless it was just to see what happened ...).

Unless you're feeling brave (or experimental)I'd give this update a wide berth for a while.

"But what about the ten security updates?" I hear you ask.  They won't matter a jot if you trash your iPhone.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility, Security

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  • Why?

    Do you think just anybody will take your advice?

    Who do you think are the majority of iPhone users anyway?

    You're just spreading FUD.
    YinToYourYang-22527499
    • How Can He Be Spreading FUD?

      How can he be spreading FUD? If the update is bricking legitimate hadnsets, its common sense to avoid it .. not FUD!

      Stop apologising for Apple and get on their back for issuing a dodgy update!

      Timbo
      TheBoyBailey
      • Spreading FUD or being pendantic. Take your pick

        Who is Adrian addressing? He's being pendantic if he's addressing the hackers,
        because they know best the consequences of their actions. He's being excessively
        alarmist if he's addressing the non-hackers. I call this spreading FUD.

        The difficulty these hackers are having with the iPhone gives me confidence that
        malevolent hackers later won't have an easy time of it either. The non-hacking
        iPhone user will value the security of the phone over third party software which will
        only serve to destabilize it.

        iPhone users (except the hacking minority) have accepted Apple's terms and they
        SHOULD update their phones. The update adds many useful features[1], as well
        includes security updates.

        Why shouldn't they update? To make a point to big brother? Making that point
        here in this blog is pathetic.

        [1] iTunes Wi-Fi Store, ringtones, new navigation and editing features, landscape
        views of email attachments, TV output, Bonjour browsing, Javascript debugging,
        new text message notification sounds
        YinToYourYang-22527499
        • What about the non-hacked phones

          That the update appears to be bricking.

          "iPhone users (except the hacking minority) have accepted Apple's terms and they SHOULD update their phones. The update adds many useful features[1], as well includes security updates."

          And if people take your advice and brick their locked and unmodified phone are you going to accept responsibility?

          Your criticise Adrian for telling people what they SHOULD do, and yet you feel it is ok for you tell people what they SHOULD do. Why is that?
          Bozzer
          • yintoyouryang

            because he is a fanboi
            mc12
          • Takes one to know one

            I guess.
            Bozzer
  • RE: Best to avoid iPhone update 1.1.1 if you can

    hehe,

    Adrian, you are old enough to have heard about frustrated people who rage on forums. the reality from forum has not much to do with real world! just like comments under your blog!

    grow up kid! ;)
    kriskl
  • RE: Best to avoid iPhone update 1.1.1 if you can

    The worst thing is that you can't downgrade anymore after applying the update. It changes the firmware within some components (gprs modem) and will then not work with older firmware anymore.
    mcvswindows
  • RE: Best to avoid iPhone update 1.1.1 if you can

    Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works
    Section 1201(a)(1) title 17, United States Code


    5. Computer programs in the form of firmware that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.


    Smells like class-action lawsuit time!!!
    FormerSelf2
  • If I Had an iPhone

    Dear Diary

    Apple reached through the thin membrane of "non iPhone ownership" today and
    caused me further offense. I resent greatly their impeding on my non-use and
    infringing my unasserted rights.

    In not endorsing my speculative unlocking of my non-existent Phone, they have
    caused mental anguish to me personally. Just thinking about how my future non-
    use may be affected causes me great annoyance.

    But this isn't just about me. Its about the readers. My flock has had their imagined
    liberties tested in absentia and by proxy. My advocacy on behalf of iPhone non-
    use mistakenly extended to speculative unlocking within this non-use. Then
    worse still, it extended to an imaginary agreement to a fully disclosed license that
    subsequently totally allegedly bricked my nonPhone.

    For heaven's sake, don't take the road I have (non) taken. It will break your heart.

    A
    Harry Bardal
  • If I had an iPhone...

    If I had an iPhone
    I'd iPhone in the morning
    I'd iPhone in the evening
    All over this LAN
    I'd iPhone 'bout firmware
    I'd iPhone out a warning
    I'd iPhone 'bout love between Steve Jobs and the unlockers
    All over this land

    Second verse
    Same as the first
    Only a little bit louder
    And a little bit worse

    If I had an iPhone.... ;-)
    MGP2
    • that's funny!! problem now is...

      I'll have a hard time getting rid of that song in my head. damn you. ;-)

      gnu/linux...giving choice to the neX(11)t generation.
      Arm A. Geddon
    • Very clever...

      very funny. Thanks for the laugh.
      veecif2
  • You have sunk to your lowest level

    or can you go lower? I hope they don't pay you for this
    kind of crap articles.
    Non-Zealand
    • Ya know...

      Criticism is basically a way of saying "I can do better." So, what say you post the url to your blog and we can all delight in the interesting articles you write, where you prove you earn your money with stories worhty of payment? (Don't worry. I won't be holding my breath waiting for that url.)

      Those who can, do.
      Those who can't just post nasty comments about those who can.
      MGP2
      • it doesn't work that way.

        Criticism is criticism.. I'm not a blog writer, I am a reader, but I want information that
        is worthwhile and constructive.. and when this kind of rubbish is published, I have the
        right to give my opinion.
        Think about it.
        Non-Zealand
        • Criticism is criticism.

          [i]I'm not a blog writer, I am a reader, but I want information that is worthwhile and constructive.. [/i]

          Maybe it's a good thing you're not a writer. Proper sentence construction seems to be way beyond your capabilities.

          [i]...and when this kind of rubbish is published, I have the
          right to give my opinion. [/i]

          Well, just remember that it works both ways. When you publish your opinion, which I think is rubbish, I guess I have the right to give my opinion as well.
          MGP2
    • it was just a suggestion

      And it doesn't mean that you have to take Adrian's advice. I don't think he has sunk low at all.
      Or did you not notice words like "seems to suggest"?
      It is not spreading "FUD" to suggest that people may want to think about it before applying the update.
      Although if they apply the update on a phone that has not been unlocked and it still shoots it down they were warned.

      I still don't get why people want an iPhone anyway.
      Shelendrea
      • "I still don't get why people want an iPhone anyway.'

        It matches their purse.

        Sorry I couldn't resist ;-)
        bka1959
      • did you see the title?

        Best to avoid the Iphone update 1.1.1... it is a suggestion based on what???
        A million iPhone users who have problems? Don't think so, I still have to find one
        myself and I know many.

        Online blogs and forums are for the selected few who have the time and pleasure
        in posting on them, not the vast majority of users.. and if something goes wrong,
        these few will post, if nothing is wrong, you rarely hear them... nothing new.. it is
        always like that.. but is it worthwhile a 5 sentence article without giving any
        constructive info, besides indicating a users forum??

        Try reading ANY user forum on ANY car available... and you will be so scare you
        never buy the car.. although it might turn out the most reliable car in the world...

        User forums are good for finding help if you have a problem, sharing information,
        but that's about it. User forums, just like online Polls do not reflect real life
        information
        Non-Zealand