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Angry 3G Owner Sues Apple for “Bricking” Her iPhone

According to this story on Wired, a California resident, Bianca Wofford, has become so fed up with the way her phone runs on the new iOS 4 upgrade, that she's taken Apple to court. The suit was filed in San Diego sometime last week, and as usual, Apple still has nothing to say in response.

Listen, I can understand Apple's desire to continually upgrade and improve their software. As a developer, I love the fact that they are always giving me new toys to play with. However, as a 3G owner, I'm also increasingly frustrated by the way my phone responds to simple tasks, often freezing up, and on occasion, freezing up completely. 

I also receive countless updates from app customers, complaining that my software doesn't work the same on the 3G as it does on the iPhone 4, a problem that they are right to complain about. 

It will be interesting to see where this lawsuit goes, and though I don't expect a happy resolution, I'm confident that this will at least serve as an official notice to Apple that they should consider the implications of backwards compatibility, as well as forward compatibility, when creating new phones and operating systems.

Of course, the real issue here is that most people refuse to upgrade to an iPhone 4 simply because they're waiting to switch to Verizon, meaning they're stuck with a crappy phone and buggy software. What do you think? Does your 3G or 3GS run well on iOS 4+ or is it buggier than ever? Let us know in the comments.



iTunes Connect Going Down on Thanksgiving?

It looks like Apple is up to no good once more, as the rumor mill claims they'll be closing down iTunes Connect to developers during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

They've done this before, during the Christmas Holiday, but this would be a very strong move against developers that are looking to cash in during the holiday season. As a developer myself, I understand why they'd want to keep people from making changes to apps during the holidays, but it's another case of making sweeping changes because of a few bad apples. 

Who does this hurt? The indie developers that don't have the PR resources to own the charts nor the ability to address bugs during the most important selling seasons of the year.

Apple has been notorious for allowing "exceptions" for bigger developers, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

If you're a developer and this affects you, the best response is to make sure that your apps, descriptions, pricing strategies, and updates are all ready well before the holiday season. 



iOS 4.2 to Fix iPhone Security Flaw

A bug in iOS 4.1 has been found, allowing the iPhone's lock to be bypassed by pressing a sequence of buttons on the emergency dial screen. 

Currently, the sequence works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken phones, giving hackers the chance to make calls, access and send email, and break into that phone's address book. While you can avoid this by simply being smart in where you leave your phone, Apple has acknowledged the bug and plans to fix in with the next iOS release (4.2). 

If you'd like to check the exploit on your own device, try the following sequence (credit, MacRumors):

"When your iPhone is locked with a passcode tap Emergency Call, then enter a non-emergency number such as ###. Next tap the call button and immediately hit the lock button. It should open up the Phone app where you can see all your contacts, call any number, etc."

Alternatively, here's a video of the exploit.

Of course, you probably won't have to worry about grandma breaking into your address book, the smart play is to keep your phone in your pocket, especially when in public locations. 



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