No blog's been tougher on Apple than this one, which has reported on the iPhone bricking fiasco since its outset. Earlier today, I noted that even some legit users seem to have been ensnared in iPhone update hell. However, the latest check of Apple's forums indicate that most owners who haven't unlocked their phones or loaded them up with third-party apps aren't having problems loading the 1.1.1 update onto their devices.
Apple kicked off the month in which it plans to launch its new Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard," OS by reminding users that the beta license for Boot Camp -- the utility that runs Windows XP or Vista on an Intel Mac -- will expire as soon as the new operating system ships.
Woe be to Steve! A user who's had trouble in getting a working iMac—he had it replaced twice and had a problem with the third—decided to email Steve Jobs.
And, guess what? Not only did he get an answer (from one of the Great One's toiling minions), he got an apology, a promise of working kit and a "free" iPod nano for this trouble.
Granted, "his trouble" is probably worth a lot more than the pittance it costs Apple to make an iPod nano, but the gesture is certainly nice.
Owners of hacked iPhones have begun posting instructions on how to roll back a recent Apple firmware upgrade that rendered their mobile phones unusable.
The instructions were available Monday on the iPhone Dev Wiki, a Web site devoted to iPhone software hacks and tools.
Since the iPhone's launch, enthusiasts have been developing ways to allow the devices to run unauthorized software and to unlock them so that they can be run on any mobile network. Late last week, however, Apple cracked down on these efforts by releasing a software upgrade that made hacked iPhones unusable.
Almost lost in the hubbub over Thursday's iPhone firmware update and whether it would "brick" unlocked phones was the fact that Apple patched 10 vulnerabilities -- twice the number of fixes issued since the phone's June debut. The iPhone 1.1.1 update, which like previous upgrades is delivered through Apple's iTunes software, fixes seven flaws in the built-in Safari browser, two in the smart phone's Mail application, and one in its use of Bluetooth, the short-range wireless technology.