Alright, it’s only been two weeks since the pricing uproar and now the hacking community is in a tizzy because Apple has basically said, if you hack your phone, we’re not going to replace it if it becomes a brick.
The guys at the “iPhone Dev Team” (which has nothing to do with Apple) said that they will try and restore your phone to factory state so a new firmware update from Apple won’t brick it. Now people are pissed because Apple is seen as limiting their phone.
Um, Apple sells iPhones that work in the US only, as of this writing. If you buy a phone and break the EULA and hack around on it, you assume the risk of bricking it. Period.
In the US, it is legal to unlock your phone.
However, Apple does NOT need to support these customers, and shouldn’t. Why should they replace your bricked phone because you went tooling around inside the guts?
If you want to do something unauthorized to your iPhone, go right ahead. Just make sure you can afford the $399 if you need a new one.
This is no different than accessing designer mode on a HDTV and accidentally resetting the 256 settings to 0 by pressing the wrong key combo. Toshiba will not come out and give you a new TV because you were twiddling with hidden settings you found access to on the Internet.
Don’t ask me how I know about that anecdote.
I finally replaced that TV. Never did get it to look right again.