[intro]Apple has released an iPhone software update that deactivates all unlocked phones. Fortunately, you don't have to install it[/intro]
So Apple has released a new version of the iPhone software, which offers iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, TV output and the ability to switch off EDGE while roaming. Oh yeah, and it renders all unlocked phones inoperable. Nice.
Fortunately, you're not forced to install the new software, so my SIM-unlocked iPhone is still sitting pretty (very, very pretty). I do fancy being able to hook the iPhone up to a telly, especially now that my Apple TV review unit has been recalled, but I'll live with being a generation behind for now.
No doubt the community of third-party developers and hackers will be exploring new ways to 'jailbreak' the updated iPhone in order to install their applications on it. The good news is that the iPhone Dev Wiki is reporting that there are already ways to recover phones from the new lockdown.
I've always been a big Apple fan, but I find myself increasingly on the side of the hackers here. The iPhone is a glorious product but...
I appreciate that Apple's business model involves taking money from the iPhone's contracts as well as from the handset itself. But if it needs to cover costs, couldn't it offer a more expensive SIM-free version for fools like me? In the meantime, I'm a techno renegade because of something as innocent as my passion for a user interface. Weird weird weird.