Hackers have found at least one way to "unbrick" iPhones disabled by a firmware update Apple Inc. issued two weeks ago, developers of both paid and free unlock software said Thursday.
The iPhoneSIMFree, the first commercial venture to publish a point-and-click unlock hack last month, has announced Version 1.6 of its software, and claimed that it could bring any bricked iPhone back to life. The iPhoneSIMFree hack is sold through a network of online resellers for between 60 and 99 U.S. dollars.
However, another unlock hacking group, the iPhone Dev Team, urged owners of bricked iPhones to hold on. "Free unlock of 1.1.1 is coming soon," said someone identified as netkas on the Hackint0sh message forum. Hackint0sh is where the Dev Team posts official and unofficial updates to users of its free open-source unlock hack. "Don't know right now about bricked iPhones, but I guess we can reflash them now and back to working state. So, wait a bit and don't use ipsf(iPhoneSIMFree)," netkas added.
Both the iPhone Dev Team and iPhoneSIMFree have been working feverishly since Sept. 27, when Apple released the 1.1.1 firmware update, to restore bricked iPhones to working condition.
It's still unclear, however, how permanent any "unbrick" fix will be, or whether changes to the hacks that allow modifications will survive the next iPhone update from Apple.