iPhone OS 3.0 Beta Bricking Pirated iPhones

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 10:56
Category: Hack, iPhone

3giphone.jpg
This was sort of to be expected, but it’s interesting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, users installing a pirated version of Apple’s upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 firmware are finding their iPhone handsets effectively bricked, wherein the handset loads to the activation screen.
At this point, they’re in trouble.
Per the story, the version of iPhone OS 3.0 floating around the Web checks with the mother ship to make sure that the user has an active and paid up Apple Developer Connection account.
Once in place, there’s no way to roll back to version 2 of the software.
As mentioned on the Apple Core, a few YouTube videos have sprung up purporting to offer solutions. The first suggests that you can simply disconnect from the Internet when interfacing with iTunes to bypass the authentication process. The second video involves data files and appears far more involved.
Fortunately, users can get their iPhone swapped out under warranty at the Apple Store, or pony up the US$100 for an ADC account in order to resolve the issue.
If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know in the comments or forums.


3giphone.jpg
This was sort of to be expected, but it’s interesting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, users installing a pirated version of Apple’s upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 firmware are finding their iPhone handsets effectively bricked, wherein the handset loads to the activation screen.
At this point, they’re in trouble.
Per the story, the version of iPhone OS 3.0 floating around the Web checks with the mother ship to make sure that the user has an active and paid up Apple Developer Connection account.
Once in place, there’s no way to roll back to version 2 of the software.
As mentioned on the Apple Core, a few YouTube videos have sprung up purporting to offer solutions. The first suggests that you can simply disconnect from the Internet when interfacing with iTunes to bypass the authentication process. The second video involves data files and appears far more involved.
Fortunately, users can get their iPhone swapped out under warranty at the Apple Store, or pony up the US$100 for an ADC account in order to resolve the issue.
If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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