iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 was released today (as expected) to the general public. It came with a warning from Apple:
â€œIf you have modified your iPhoneâ€™s software, applying this software update may result in your iPhone becoming permanently inoperable. Making unauthorized modifications to the software on your iPhone violates the iPhone software license agreement, and the inability to use your iPhone due to unauthorized software modifications is not covered under your iPhoneâ€™s warranty.â€
I wanted to post my personal experience with the upgrade process for a phone that DID have 3rd Party applications on it and that WAS jailbroken but NOT unlocked. See my previous post for my ideas on the two. Reminder: SYNC your Photo album before you do anything as those photos will be lost!
What follows is a picture tour from my Mac desktop of iTunes in action. I followed the advice from iPhoneAtlas about doing a RESTORE first. When I clicked on restore (after doing a full sync), iTunes gave me the option to “Restore and Upgrade” which scared me a little but I had faith that Apple wouldn’t intentionally “brick” my phone simply because I had performed a “jailbreak.”
Step One – Download the Software
The new firmware was 152.3 MB in size according to my iTunes
Step Two – Uh Oh, an error
Very odd, I got an “Error -50” after iTunes verified the software and started the restore. What does that mean? This is where I panicked! So, something happened and I wasn’t sure what it was. So, I clicked the “Restore” button again and luckily the process started from the beginning (just without the download).
Step Three – Running through the Restore Process
Now, iTunes just started working directly with the iPhone going through several steps including: upgrade in process, verifying, restoring again and reverifying. The order was a bit cryptic from the what was truly happening but it looks like first the firmware is checksummed within iTunes and verified, then it is applied to the iPhone, then the iPhone is verified against the original, then (perhaps) it was reinstalled and reverified. Something to that effect.
Step Four – Restoring and Resynching my items
After the restore, my data was resynched to the iPhone. I had a series of Calendar conflicts, probably because I have many different “sources” for them due to my complex calendar synching (iPhone <-> iCal <-> Plaxo <-> Outlook 2007). But the calendar sync completed and my iTunes were then synched.
Step Five – Getting back on the iPhone
First thing after the sync was the request to enter in my Voicemail Password. There is now a new icon for the iTunes store in the 4th row. My wireless WEP passwords have to be re-entered. I guess this is a security caution.
After all was said and done, the Restore and Upgrade process seems to have worked for me. I don’t currently have any of my 3rd party applications but hopefully will be able to add those in a bit. Need to see what the “field tests” say first.
HTD Says: Proceed with caution on this upgrade. Seems to work relatively ok with Jailbroken phones but don’t know about Unlocked ones.