Apple today issued a press statement via PRNewswire indicating two key data: currently available unlocking solutions for using the iPhone on a carrier other than AT&T in the US or other authorized carriers in Europe cause "irreparable damage to the iPhone's software," and the iPhone firmware/software update (thought to be version 1.1.1) that adds the WiFi iTunes Store and other features -- including international/multiple keyboards, video out, ability to turn off EDGE roaming, and more -- later this week.
The statement says that current unlock methods make changes "which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed," adding:
"Apple strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs on their iPhones. Â Users who make unauthorized modifications to the software on their iPhone violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty. Â The permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone's warranty."