Since we have become certified Apple iPhone developers, we have acquired a few devices to test and try on for development purposes. One device was a iPhone, 1st Generation. On this iPhone was OS software 2.2.1, the latest public release. When I went to update it with our pre-release beta version of OS 3.0, the phone was instantly ‘bricked’. After hitting the developer forums, there was apparently no hope to rolling back to OS 2.2.1.
I then proceeded to the local Apple store to see the genius bar. They told me what I was afraid of. Since I am a developer, and installed beta software, and signed a contract, that there was nothing they could do. And on top of that, apparently my phone had ‘water damage’ because my ear phone jack’s water indicator was red.
Anyway, my phone is most certainly out of warranty now. So now what? A $300 paperweight?
NO! There must be a solution. I did indeed come across a solution that involves a surprisingly simple procedure with some free software you can download from a website.
**At this point, I must advise you, if you are reading this and have a bricked iPhone, this method will most certainly void your warranty. Hence my device was already void so I said “What the hell”.**
This software allows you to install a previous package of iPhone OS Software (available on the web. Links to apple download area) on a phone that has been rendered “Disabled”. In the developer circles this is called Jailbreaking. Freeing your device! Well my device was bricked (jailed) and needed to be free! Google “Jailbreaking iPhones” for more information.
With the Jailbreaking software, I rolled back my iPhone to OS 2.0. Then, through iTunes updated it to a fully supported Apple 2.2.1 update. So essentially I had to hack my device to make it legit. Funny world.
My iPhone is now back in action, just like moment before I “bricked” it with the OS 3.0 software. Looks like I am waiting for an update and trying again.Share