Apple warns unlocked iPhone users

iPhone hackers have made it easy for users to unlock the iPhone for use on other carriers, run third party applications natively, install a custom dock for the management of your new apps and customize the phone's appearance. One hack even lets iPhone users play Nintendo on the phone. Anecdotal evidence suggests that more than a few have "hacked" their iPhone--especially since Apple publicly announced that it would take a "neutral" stance on the issue of iPhone hacking.

Unfortunately for iPhone enthusiasts, it looks like Apple has had a change of heart. In a press release, the company announced that it "strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs," as the "permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone's warranty." Therefore, installing unauthorized software on the Phone voids the warranty--which in turn means that if you take your iPhone into an Apple Store with a problem, they won't help you. What's more, version 1.1 firmware update--due later this week--"will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable."

For more on the unlocked iPhone issue:
- read this press release