the iphone software update 1.1.1 has been released and this time apple really did everything they could to make sure that customers don't even start thinking about that they actually own a product they can use the way they like. instead of just stopping to support customers who altered the iphone, apple actively destroys the phone and renders it useless. while this may be legal (which, btw, is not even 100% certain), it certainly is not a decent way to treat customers, and it is amazing to see how little criticism apple is receiving for this.
oh, and the bug introduced in 1.0.1 that prevents users from using numeric WEP keys on non-apple Wi-Fi networks is still there, both on the ipod touch (running 1.1.1) and in the new 1.1.1 iphone software. so i guess apple invested significantly more manpower to trash the phones of customers who do not do as they should, instead of fixing bugs and actually making their product more useful.
i still like the iphone, but i do hope that nokia and other manufacturers will be able to leverage this blatant act of customer mistreatment and make up some ground, so that apple's arrogance has to come down a bit. also, i am wondering whether getting at&t's money for keeping customers locked in by all possible means really is worth the loss of sales of a more open product (at least in terms of network carriers), and the currently unfolding public relations fiasco. this looks pretty short-sighted to me, but obviously apple sees that differently.