Unlocked Iphone and Mac Software?
October 15, 2011 6:16 PM   Subscribe

Will updating my Mac software (from Leopard to Snow Leopard) re-lock my iphone?

Hi. I have an old iphone I love that is unlocked. I also have an oldish Mac running on Leopard, and I'd really like to update to Snow Leopard, and then maybe Lion. If I do this, will I relock my iphone after I sync it to my computer? I was warned that updating Itunes could unlock it, so I'm a bit nervous about it. Anonymous because I know I'm probably not supposed to have an unlocked phone. Thanks!
posted by anonymous to Technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is it unlocked or jalbroken, because they are two different things.
posted by 4ster at 6:54 PM on October 15, 2011

Actually, it doesn't matter. Updating your Mac will not relock or de-jailbreak your iPhone.
posted by 4ster at 6:56 PM on October 15, 2011

posted by pompomtom at 9:12 PM on October 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

(Updating iTunes also won't automatically re-lock or un-jailbreak your iPhone. The thing you have to carefully avoid is updating the iPhone itself — so if iTunes ever pops up a little box asking to update your iPhone to a newer version of iOS, you should politely decline. [Technically you can update to newer versions of iOS if you need to, but you have to build "custom firmware" using PwnageTool to preserve your baseband, which requires a few steps and a bit of research about which iOS versions you can safely upgrade to, so it's generally better to stay at your current firmware version if you don't feel like fussing around with it.])
posted by dreamyshade at 2:24 AM on October 16, 2011

As others have said, your iPhone's unlock/jailbreak will not be automagically undone without you taking some specific action.

ITunes might be forever be bringing up a "Hey, there's a newer IOS! Want to update?" dialog [you may never see this depending on what model iPhone and what version software is running], but if you never click "Yes", it will never be updated and your jailbreak/unlock will never be affected.

If you have a jailbroken phone, your default answer to everything iTunes asks about that device is "No." It's a rare occasion [I can't think of one offhand] where the owner of a jailbroken [or especially unlocked] iPhone would answer "Yes" to anything asked by iTunes.
posted by chazlarson at 11:32 AM on October 16, 2011

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