Apple has issued an official press release that is causing almost as much hysteria in the media as the launch of the iPhone itself. Apple confirmed plans Monday to release the next iPhone software update, containing many new features including the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store later this week. In addition, Apple hurled a "large brick of a warning" at those with unlocked iPhones. Doink!
Several sources including Gizmodo are reporting that unlocked iPhones will become as useless as a brick after the software update, helping to fuel the hysteria or potentially overt a total disaster depending upon which iPhone you are holding, factory issue or the iunlocked version. This may be a great time to start tossing back a few pints of Brick Lager if you are in possession of an iPhone brick (iBrick).
"Apple strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs on their iPhones," the company said. (Apple Press Release Here)
Apple added that the "permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone's warranty." Apple's claims of possible permanent damage is under close scrutiny, as the company will be responsible -- if perhaps unintentionally -- for breaking otherwise functional iPhones. (Source - Apple Insider)
TUAW is reporting that the iPhone Dev Team, the core group that developed the iPhone unlock has issued a statement condemning Apple and promising a tool in the next week which will restore your iPhone to a factory-fresh state. (read story here)