Apple’s latest firmware update doesn’t just shut down unlocked iPhones as threatened; it shuts down all phone hacks, including homemade applications, ringtones created by third parties, and the ability to use the phone as a drive. Even some unhacked phones have become completely inoperable. That’s enraged the iPhone community, ComputerWorld says, but Apple refuses to help anyone who modified their phone.
The update also sports tougher encryption, so far impossible to hack. Just a month ago, Apple said they were neutral towards home-brew iPhone coding, but now the company is taking a hard-line stance that could cost them. Already, Nokia is planning a retaliatory “Open to Anything” ad campaign for their smartphones, while iPhone users mull class action lawsuits.