Early iPhone Adopters Given Present?
Okay, you've all heard about the new 1.1.1 firmware that locks the iPhone (at least for now) tighter than Cameron Frye (...in two weeks you'd have a diamond...) So... maybe we DO. I got to thinking about what it would mean for early adopters that haven't gone down the road of no return and upgraded our firmware. If 1.1.1 does keep people out then Steve just made these Early Adopter iPhones the ONLY hackable iPhones. Cha-Ching! I bet their value will have increased dramatically (more than the $100 difference between what we paid and the rebate we got).
Also, we've only had these things for 90 days and the hacking community has increased the number of features AMAZINGLY! As long as we can either figure out a way to replicate the features that Apple adds (or do without them if they're not that big a deal) then staying at 1.02 will mean not having to worry about these updates anymore. The hacking community can just base everything off 1.02 (or a 'version' of 1.02 if we start flashing custom firmware).
In any case, for those who didn't do the upgrade but are thinking about doing it... it's something to consider. These might be the last great iPhones that are user customizable. I saw a checklist someone had assembled showing a Before 1.1.1 and After and it was pretty striking the number of features we've added so far to this baby.I DO hope that a way is figured out to do upgrades on 1.1.1 and future updates... however, I'm not counting on it. There hasn't been a lot of success with the Touch and I think that might have been Apple's testing ground for locking them both up. When it comes right down to it, however, this time the Early Adopters are ahead of the curve and I say that's well worth my extra $100.
Thanks again Steve! :)