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    Default Apple must not hate us as much as they say...

    Well, I got a little overzealous in my search for an alternative way to get all that 1.1.1 goodness on a 1.0.2 phone. I was testing various methods of getting iTunes to accept an altered .ispw file. After a while, I just got so frustrated that I decided to overwrite the valid .ispw with my hacked one right after I assumed iTunes checksummed it.

    It was one of those bad decisions that you only realize the severity of as your staring at the resulting disaster.

    The restore process hung, and my iPhone's screen remained blank instead of transitioning to the Apple logo as it should have. As I realized that I overwrote the .ipsw right when the bootloader was being written, I couldn't help but get chills down my back. Oh shit.

    As expected, the iPhone refused to turn on at all. I couldn't believe I actually bricked my iPhone. I don't have another phone, and I sure as hell can't afford to replace my iPhone, so I was just screwed, plain and simple.

    After a few minutes, a glint of hope appeared. I remembered the hidden restore mode that was used to downgrade phones from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2. I tried once again, and couldn't help but feel stupid as I sat there holding first both buttons for 10 seconds then just the home button for 10 seconds, as if I thought it would do anything.

    And then iTunes informed me that an iPhone was connected to my computer and that it needed to be restored before I could use it.

    And I got chills down my back again.

    It seems that Apple cares about more than just locking us out. Though hidden, there is a failsafe restore mode in the iPhone that can be used when the inevitable occurs. I'm not naive enough to think that they put it there just for us, rather, it's obviously for them to restore bricked iPhones instead of having to chuck them. But they could have only allowed access to it with a special tool on the computer end. They could have used a different protocol. Hell, they could have done a number of things that would have kept me in deep shit. But they didn't. And I still have a working iPhone because of it.



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    I'm glad it worked out for you. They really did a good job at making a device that not only works well but is also very resilient to hacking.

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    but it was hacked eventually nonetheless, good job by apple for making such a great product

 

 

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