iPhone unlocking hacks possibly cause irreparable damage

Today Apple released a statement in regards to the various hacks that unlock the iPhone from being tied to AT&T.

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.

They specifically mention the “unlocking” programs which leads us to believe they are only referring to the hacks that unlock your phone and not the hacks for things like ringtones.

Could this just be a scare tactic? Or could Apple be making some changes to the iPhone software that actually will cause the iPhone to be irreparable if it finds hacks were used? Both of those options seem a bit bullish, but Apple hasn’t exactly played nice the past few weeks.


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