Bricked iPhones

Macworld Podcast episode 96

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Last week’s iPhone Software Update 1.1.1 is still very much on everyone’s mind in this edition of the Macworld Podcast. I’m joined by editorial director Jason Snell and my fellow senior editors Dan Frakes and Rob Griffiths to talk about the update, particularly on how it disabled unlocked iPhones and eliminated many third-party applications.

It’s not all negativity in this podcast—I also talk about last week’s iLife software updates and the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store that works with the iPod touch and the iPhone. I also say a few words on Amazon’s new Amazon MP3 digital music service.

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Show notes

We’ve posted a spate of commentaries about the iPhone software update—Dan Moren talks about his sadness over the loss of some really cool third-party apps, Rob Griffiths vows never to upgrade to the new iPhone software, and I fret that this is part of a disturbing pattern of behavior from Apple.

After we recorded our discussion, enterprising hackers have found ways to restore some functions of bricked iPhones. We tried some methods on our end, with some positive results.

Over at iPhone Central, Dan Moren shared some iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store impressions, while I took a quick look at Amazon MP3.

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