Apple should not \'brick\' iPhones with their updates
With the release of its 1.1.1 firmware for the iPhone, Apple computer locked out those users that were utilizing services other than AT&T for cellular service, but additionally, \'bricked\' (rendered non-functional) iPhones that had software that allowed 3rd party apps to be installed on them. Apples official position on this was that if it was because they installed 3rd party applications, they should "purchase a new iPhone". Apple, we expect companies to make decisions for business reasons, but we don\'t expect a technology company to do things for vindictive purposes. Your PR party line suggests that iPhones were "permanently damaged" with the addition of the third party applications, which you know perfectly well is untrue, since people are already \'unbricking\' their devices. This can only mean that Apple made a business decision to DELIBERATELY damage the property of the owners of iPhones that installed 3rd party software. This is behavior that would be expected of a 3rd-grader, not a multibillion dollar technology enterprise. Apple, we understand you haven\'t done anything illegal by doing this, but what you\'ve done is unethical, and sends a message to your users that we didn\'t purchase our phones as much as we are renting them from you, and to want to do basic customizations and run useful software applications (that for some reason you refuse to release on your own), is grounds for damaging/disabling our property with your software updates. This petition is to let you know how your customers feel about this, and to let you know that we will vote with our wallets in the future if you choose to continue this type of behavior.