this old apple ad shows that they are the controlling entity and not the woman with the hammer
from different articles
Ã¢â‚¬Å“On September 27, 2007, Apple punished consumers for exercising their rights to unlock their iPhones. Apple issued a software update that Ã¢â‚¬Å“brickedÃ¢â‚¬Â or otherwise caused iPhone malfunctions for consumers who unlocked their phones and installed the update. Under an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, consumers can lawfully modify their phones for use on a cell phone network of their choice. Apple ignored the exemption in disregard of consumersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rights,Ã¢â‚¬Â the first suit claims.
As part of Apple's lucrative contract with US network AT&T, customers who want the iPhone must sign up for a two-year term with the network and Apple gets a share of revenue generated by consumers using the iPhones. The tech firm has signed similar money-spinning deals with the European operators - O2, T-Mobile and Orange - who will be selling the iPhones from November.
One user, who goes by the name of James Reza, posted this tale of woe:
“I am an Apple loyal since 1984 (I had an original Macintosh with an external floppy and no hard drive). When I connected my 2 week old, completely unmodded iPhone to sync today and was prompted to install the update, I did so. The update never installed and I have wasted three hours trying to get my phone working again. That in itself is unacceptable; that it is happening with alarming frequency to other legitimate users is inexcusable.”
Another forum denizen posted this under the tag of “Evelation”:
“I have an unmodded iPhone, been using ATT for two weeks, then last Friday attempted to update to 1.1.1 … phone returned incorrect SIM card error message… went to ATT store and got a new sim card, still didn't work. Called Apple support today and they accused me of hacking the phone and wanted me to send the phone in for diagnosis. I've been without my phone for 5 days, it was even worse that it died right before I was going out of country for a conference, all of my contact info was in there. It was extreme frustration to say the least. I've been a loyal Apple customer since forever. The loyalty is deteriorating really fast. This is prompting me to actually hack the phone to get it working again. I am completely speechless.”
A surprisingly high number of users are reporting significantly shorter battery life after applying the iPhone firmware/software 1.1.1 update. Some typical reports:
1. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yes, my battery life is terrible after 1.1.1. My phone is off the charger at 8:30 AM and is normally giving me the 20% battery warning at about 6-8 PM in the evenings and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quickly down to 10%. I make sure that I have WIFI off and even the brightness fairly low.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ryan Schmidt
2. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m seeing issues with my battery life at updating to 1.1.1. On some days I might get 3 hours of idle time before my battery is run down and I have to plug it in. Some days I might get through 6 hours before getting the low battery warning. Before the update I could unplug at 6am go to work and not have to plug it in again till 9pm.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ MIke Welland
Third-party vendors were deploying applications with ease – and apparently being just ignored by Apple. Bizarrely, the target of Apple's ire were the vendors that allowed users to create their own ringtones – instead of paying Apple 99 cents for each purchased song they wanted to change into a ringtone.
Jake Dugard cancelled his iPhone account receiving poor AT&T reception. When his phone stopped working properly shortly after, he was told that Apple would not service his phone. Repairs depend on an active agreement.
IMO i think everyone should just buy the fake iphone from china for $150 named The Meizu M8
The new phone called M8 – which is said to be designed by Chinese firm Meizu – features touch-screen functionality and boasts a smaller footprint than Apple's iPhone with an accompanying smaller screen, but offers a higher 720x480 resolution than Apple's 320x480 iPhone. The M8 is driven by an ARM11 processor with video codec support, according to VR-Zone.com, and offers a built-in 3.0-megapixel digital camera on the back side with a 0.3-megapixel camera facing forward. The M8 runs Windows CE 6.0 and offers both Bluetooth as well as TV-out connectivity, catering to GSM+TD-SCMA for mobile communication.