AT&T May Lock iOS 4 Running Phones With Non-Official Updates

June 23, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

According to a yet unconfirmed leak, which supposedly comes from an informant within Apple, AT&T are going to utilize some features in the iOS 4 to block users who wish to unlock their phones, causing the devices to become completely locked out.

The procedure sounds a bit sketchy – AT&T are apparently going to release an OTA update on a weekly basis, which will be marked as a mandatory one – and refusing to install it will basically brick your phone and prevent it from being used at all. These updates are already being developed, according to the informant, and should be running for at least 6 months.

There are some points in the “leak” that don’t make much sense though, such as AT&T needing to test the new update system on users instead of doing it in-house before releasing to the public. Things like that lead us to believe that there may be some untrue bits about the leak – so we’ll have to wait a while and see what happens.

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