Apple warned several days ago that it was possible that the latest update to the iPhone could brick unlocked phones, but most people took it as a scare tactic. Unfortunately for them, Apple was right and many of the modified phones no longer work. Fortunately though, not all of the unlocking software causes problems, and the update from Apple is optional.
Not only are modified phones having issues, iPhone owners that have never altered their phones are also reporting issues after installing the update. Some of these unaltered phones simply won’t work anymore while other users are reporting that their contact info, photos and music are getting deleted. Another big issue that iPhone owners are having is that any 3rd party apps that they installed no longer work. Regarding the 3rd party apps, TUAW says, “If you somehow managed to upgrade while keeping your iPhone apps intact–I have yet to hear a confirmation of this happening, and I kinda doubt it can happen — congratulations. Everyone else is out of luck.”
While this update is optional, it’s a pretty big one. Changes include:
- iTunes Wi-Fi Music store (probably the biggest change)
- Louder speaker phone and receiver volume
- Home button double-click functionality
- Double-tap spacebar to intelligently insert period and space
- Apple Bluetooth headset battery status now appears in iPhone Status bar
- Support for TV Out
- EDGE/GPRS can now be manually turned on and off
- Adjustable alert volume
Need an iPhone Relocker?
So now the question is, what do you do with your iBrick? If you didn’t alter your phone and it doesn’t work, take it back to Apple to get a replacement. If you unlocked your phone, unfortunately you’re out of luck for now. Your phone is not covered by the warranty anymore, and you’ll need to wait for an iPhone relocker to get released. The iPhone Dev Team which released a version of iUnlock has said that they will provide a tool within the next week that will allow you to restore your iPhone to a “factory-like-state” – or in other words, locked to the AT&T network.