Apple blocks unlocked iPhones, offers Touch instead

Following last week's warnings, Apple has released a software update that relocks all unlocked iPhones. The download - which updates the iPhone softwa

Following last week's warnings, Apple has released a software update that relocks all unlocked iPhones. The download - which updates the iPhone software from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1 - also enables new features, including a TV output and the ability to buy songs direct from the iPhone using the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store.But it's the lockdown that's causing waves – even though the iPhone Dev Wiki team (who offered the free anySim software) report that users can revert to the old version of the software and re-unlock their iPhones. Fortunately, users can choose not to install the update. Our in-house iPhone fanatic Tom Dunmore is currently keeping his iPhone in quarantine while a hackers look for new ways to 'jailbreak' the iPhone, making it possible to install third-party applications and then unlock the phone. You can read Tom's blog here.In the meantime, the iPod Touch officially goes on sale in the UK today, offering many of the iPhone's features without requiring a SIM card or mobile phone contract. Attempts to hack the Touch in order to install third-party software - such as the NES emulator - have met with a much swifter response from Apple's legal team than attempts to hack the iPhone.It seems that Steve Jobs and co are playing hardball. When all we want is to play Mario.