PhoneNews.com can confirm that Apple’s final 2.0 firmware will block all current unlocking exploits, including the popular ZiPhone exploit.
Faced with the potential backlash of bricking (damaging) potentially millions of iPhone units however, the company has taken an interesting tactic. Unlocked iPhones will not be “bricked” (or have their cell phone radio disabled). Instead, they will be re-locked to only work on the AT&T network (or the respective carriers abroad on which they were sold).
PhoneNews.com has dissected and created several scenarios with the new 9A240d firmware which leaked yesterday. All of our firmware-flashing scenarios have resulted the same; the updated baseband firmware strips any SIM unlocks locks, but does not brick the device.
There is good news for the hacking community however. The latest tool, PwnageTool, appears to be able to restore iPhone software 1.1.4 as well as re-unlock the device despite the updated firmware. This was to be expected, since PwnageTool is essentially un-blockable by Apple. However, as we previously reported, Apple has blocked PwnageTool from the latest 2.0 builds.
This puts users in a predicament; as it stands now, users must chose between an unlocked iPhone running the older software, and an iPhone running 2.0 software. It remains to be seen if ZiPhone and PwnageTool will be able to meet the latest stake-raising move by Apple.
Update: Zibri, the author of ZiPhone, has informed us that a new release is in progress that will be able to unlock Apple’s latest beta of iPhone software.