AAPL Stock: 109.5 ( -1.28 )

Printed from

Relocking your iPhone, modding the kybd

updated 09:05 pm EDT, Mon September 24, 2007

Relocking your iPhone

Although Apple today said it would void the warranty on iPhones damaged by the unlock process (or subsequent iPhone updates), users may be in luck with a new re-locking process outlined by one reader (but not yet tested by MacNN). The unlock hacks are not undone by a full software store; the re-lock process is still in flux and comes with the appropriate warnings to users until finalized, allows users to restore their phone, so Apple's forthcoming update -- due later this week -- does not render it inoperable: "It is believed the above proceedure will relock your iPhone and prevent it from being made permanently unusable by the upcoming firmware update. There is no gaurantee [sic], however, and I take no responsibility for your iPhone if the above procedures do not work for you and your iPhone gets hosed."

These instructions are in flux - do not use them until I say they are finalized.

  • on your Mac, go to your home directory and create a directory called relock
  • set your iPhone to never autolock the screen
  • put a copy of the 1.0.2 firmware in a directory on your Mac. If you need to download it, get it from here.
  • rename the extension on the firmware from ipsw to zip
  • unzip it
  • run: dd if=009-7698-4.dmg of=ramdisk.dmg bs=512 skip=4 conv=sync
  • use finder to navigate to the directory where ramdisk.dmg is and double-click it to mount it.
  • copy the following files to the relock directory you created in the first step:

    • /Volumes/ramdisk/usr/local/bin/bbupdater
    • /Volumes/ramdisk/usr/local/standalone/firmware/ICE03.14.08_G.eep
    • /Volumes/ramdisk/usr/local/standalone/firmware/ICE03.14.08_G.fls

  • on your iPhone, run: mkdir /relock
  • copy those three files to your iPhone: scp -p bbupdater ICE* root@youriphoneip:/relock
  • on your iPhone, run: cd /relock
  • on your iPhone, run: cp /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ /var/root/media/
  • on your iPhone, run: launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  • on your iPhone, run: ./bbupdater -f *.fls -e *.eep
  • on your iPhone, run: launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  • on your Mac: exit iTunes
  • on your Mac: kill iTunes helper
  • manually place your iPhone into recovery/restore mode
  • connect your Ihone to the computer and start iTunes
  • restore your iPhone

The update appears not to break or affect third-party apps installed, although users may have to restore the iPhone before the next update

Meanwhile, another site has documented how to mod your iPhone keyboard, including the iPhone Shop tools and pre-made keyboard styles.

by MacNN Staff




  1. dezinewiz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You people...

    I don't believe you people! First, you b**** that you need an unlock. You unlock, get freaked, and then need to lock it up again!

    Really, you should all be ashamed!

    Apple is 100% in the right on this. It's their hardware. They call the shots. And for good reason.

    Instead of going about it all the hard way, (and yes, this is a bit of a separate topic..), create applications that are internet based. BE CREATIVE WITH IT!

    In any case, perhaps part of this experimentation is good, eh? I am sure, at one point, someone will come up with an end all, be all to everything. Either Apple, or a large (or maybe genius small) software company/writer will do so?

    Good luck!

    For now, though, this back and forth is a bit ridiculous. Follow Steve Jobs. He will love you - really! After all, who else is as slick and cool and integrated?

    Thank you Steve!

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    my hardware

    actually having paid $600 for it, it's my hardware! unless that $600 + $1440 monthly fees is only a license to use said hardware.

    plus the dmca has an explicit exception saying we're allowed to unlock cell phones.

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A few months?

    Actually, they will probably wonder why it hasn't been activated if you've had it for a few months. Sure, they can't prove anything, but it does seem a little suspicious.

    oh well.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't Update

    So don't update until the unlock/relock/unlock mod is proven. What's the big deal?

  1. petsounds

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: you people...

    No, actually we call the shots. We bought the hardware; it is ours to do with as we please. On top of that, the DMCA includes a specific exemption for unlocking phones.

    Apple is becoming greedy and monopolist. If they don't want the ecosystem to be sullied with all manner of 3rd-party apps, then they should release a proper SDK so developers can legitimately create software that will positively impact the iPhone.

  1. pjc78

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Do as you please

    You paid $600, do what you want with you phone, but don't expect Apple to fix it for free if you break it. If you drop it in a toilet or destroy the firmware, you are responsible and the cost of repair will come out of your pocket.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Its Apples hardware

    No, it's mine. I bought it. If Apple wants to stay in business they make ME happy, that is how it works. Nokia didn't hit it big till the changable face 5100 series (which they doomed a flop) and promptly fell on their face. The RAZR won, now the iPhone. Apple's one hit wonder risks being shunned by the community at large.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If apple really wanted to make a boat load of money, they would of made the iPhone for all carriers, instead of going with a carrier with poor performace which is why I left cingular/at&t.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Please Update and Finalize.

    we need to relock!!

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah because...

    I don't ever Mod anything without first getting the go ahead from MacNN and all of their infinite wisdom_ [sarcasm anyone ?]

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented