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    Apple To Disable iPhones with Invalid iOS 5 Beta Firmware

    According to Silicon Alley Insider, Apple is planning to disable iPhones running unauthorized copies of iOS 5 Beta. They are cracking down on developers selling slots to others.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/apple...iphones-2011-8
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    Anyone here running an unauthorized iOS 5 beta? I've been running official iOS 5 betas on my iPhone 4.

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    Sounds to me like Apple will be sued yet again. Disabling a phone from being a phone because of an official release of the OS doesn't sound like a legal tactic to me... but then again, even if they did, there's a "crack" for that, unfortunately.

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    Beta software is not an official release. It is issued to selected individuals or companies under the strict controls of the publisher. Transfer of beta software to unauthorized users is a violation of the agreement entered into to get the software in the first place.

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    Right, but to disable the phone could be a life saving prevention. Someone could have an accident, goto use their phone and discover its locked by Apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathtrip View Post
    Right, but to disable the phone could be a life saving prevention. Someone could have an accident, goto use their phone and discover its locked by Apple.

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    I am pretty sure they're smart enough to allow the "Emergency Call" feature, and nothing else.

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    I think the result will be worse than letting unauthorized beta users. All the bad publicity, cs calls, genius appointments made just because Apple didn't want users running beta.

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    Most publishers of beta software warn users not to use beta software for mission critical operations. Carriers even tell regular users not to depend upon being located when they call 911 from a wireless phone.

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    My ios5 beta is authorized i payed to get a slot for my UDID. So hopefully i dont get locked out
    Mopar ftw!!! NYLX

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    Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
    Anyone here running an unauthorized iOS 5 beta?
    yep, on my 3GS… and a few family members as well as close friends…

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    Since iOS 5 has been officially released, this thread is superseded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathtrip View Post
    Sounds to me like Apple will be sued yet again.
    You want to sue Apple for not letting people pirate software? Good luck with that.

    And yes, "disabled" means "emergency calls only" - pretty sure the law requires it.

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