Ladies and Gentlemen, update your iPhones

by Volker Weber

iphone update

Unless it is a hacked one, of course.


Vorsicht: Auch die nicht gehackten von Magenta für 999,-- sollte man noch nicht updaten. "Bei Ihrem iPhone liegt ein Problem vor" heißt die Meldung von iTunes 7.6 und außer Notrufen geht nix mehr.


Matthias Seifert, 2008-01-15

@Matthias: oh, das würde mich dann doch etwas ärgern :o)

Samuel Orsenne, 2008-01-15

Unless it is a hacked one, of course.
Of course... Same ridiculous policy as in iTunes.
For european customers that did not want to wait for owning an iPhone, it's a constant reminder about who makes the rules. For hackers just a new challenge.
I wonder if suing Apple for deliberately bricking your jailbroken phone could end this.
But we do not have a strong enough consumer association in Europe in order to try that.

Pieterjan Lansbergen, 2008-01-16

Pieterjan, jailbreaks use security holes to inject code. Apple closes those holes.

That Apple wants to control the iPhone has not exactly been a secret. For those who want to install their own software, chose their own carriers, etc. there are many choices besides the iPhone.

Apple has also chosen to sell the iPhone only to their domestic market, France, Germany, and the UK. I see why people outside of those markets are not liking this, but I fail to see how Apple could be forced to sell to everyone.

Volker Weber, 2008-01-16

> but I fail to see how Apple could be forced to sell to everyone

That's the weird thing for me. You think that they would want to have their new toy in as many hands as possible to get as much moolah as possible. Instead, they are only going after key markets.

Same thing with movie shows, rented or bought - still not in Europe. iTunes audio in Europe is getting there, but still not in every country.

Are they working on the theory that demand in other countries where there is no iTunes/iPhone/AppleTV makes for higher prices in the countries they do work with ??

Alex Boschmans, 2008-01-16

Not even close.

Rights for music and movies are still driven by national subsidiaries, which made sense when they had to move hardware, read: tapes, records, CDs and DVDs.

The iPhone is held back by negotiations between Apple and the carriers. You start with key markets, because one contract covers more potential customers.

Volker Weber, 2008-01-16

The problem, here in Belgium, is that it is not allowed to sell a phone contract togheter with a phone. It has to be done seperatly. So I think, no iPhone in the nearest months.

Ludwig Deruyck, 2008-01-16

@Volker : I can see where the difficulties are with the agreements needed within each seperate country for licensing the music and movies, where Apple has to negotiate, but not for the iphone.

Apple could just as well sell the iphone everywhere, but they choose not to do so. Coupled to fact that in Belgium it's illegal to link one sale to another sale, if they keep to their ways we'll never ever see a legal one in Belgium.

Alex Boschmans, 2008-01-17

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