Apple said today that a firmware update to the iPhone due to be released later this week "will likely result" in SIM-unlocked iPhones turning into very expensive bricks. "Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed," said Apple in a statement issued this afternoon.
Apple's iPod Touch, which is basically a phone-less iPhone, has started shipping in Australia a few days before the "expected" ship date of 28 September.
The iPod Touch, which was announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs earlier this month, was scheduled to arrive by the end of September but the first orders were fulfilled a few days earlier than expected.
The new iPod comes in two configurations, an 8GB version that costs AU$419 and a 16GB model that costs AU$549. The battery in each can handle 22 hours of audio playback or five hours of video, according to Jobs.
Trend Micro has signed an agreement with Mac OS security specialist Intego that will enable Trend Micro distributors and partners worldwide to offer customers endpoint and network security, and centralised management solutions for Apple Mac OS X users based on Intego technology.
The move reflects the increasing use of MACs in the corporate world. According to Trend Micro, "Beyond Apple's strong presence in the education, publishing and design sectors, Macs are becoming increasingly popular in other business environments."
The ability of Apple's best products to make the average consumer's life easier is that company's greatest asset as well as its greatest competitive advantage. So when Apple added Wi-Fi ability to the iPod touch and to the iPhone one of its goals was to make wireless connectivity easy and convenient. The iPod touch does exactly that and some.
A Linux hacker with a personal grudge against Apple developed a method to sync the new iPods through Linux. Unfortunately, Apple is not OK with their iPods being used on the Linux platform.
And we know Apple's not OK with this since it added security measures to prevent this from occurring. But Ian Monroe, a Computer Science major at Truman State University, wants to use his new iPod with Linux. So he did what any good hacker would do, he figured out how to do it anyway.