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5 Ways To Not Brick Your iDevice

May 16, 2010 by Ryan Ray 

I’ve caught the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch development fever and I’m ashamed of myself right now. I have officially bricked my first iPhone. I’ve been learning the basics of objective-c and the ins and outs of Xcode and had even started my first simple app just so I could play around. Then I had a brilliant idea, torrent 4.0 and put it on my iPhone. I thought it would be cool to see if I could run OS 4.0 without actually registering my device in the 99$ a year program. That was n00b mistake #1 in what will be the thousands as I try to learn to code for the app store. By the way, I love making interfaces for these sorts of things so if any one wants to partner and help me with the code I’m all for it! So here are my top 5 ways to not brick your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, any stinkin’ iDevice…

#5 – Don’t try to upgrade to an iDevice OS not supported by the free SDK.

This was what I just did, luckily I can still put my iPhone in restore mode. This allows me to restore to a clean firmware and then I have to sync up my info,apps,songs all over again. Not to mention re-jailbreak and get my tethering and turn by turn back! Stupid me, stupid me, stupid me!

#4 – Only use the iDevice simulator on your computer.

This isn’t the best testing ground, but at least you’ll keep all development on the desktop and away from your iDevice, this only tempts you to torrent the newest OS 4.0 and see if you can use it on your iDevice

#3 – Be careful when using iPwn, Apple knows…

Ok Apple doesn’t really know, or do they? iPwn for the Mac works great at jail breaking your iDevice, I’m hoping it works great a second time as I really need it to! PLZ iPWN!

#2 – Write clean, heavenly code that Steve Jobs would praise.

If you were making a porn app the SDK and iPhone would automatically know to brick you from ever trying to compile and run it, even the iDevice simulator would mysteriously crash every time you tried to open it. You’d probably get so frustrated that you’d give up on developing for the day and go do something else. While you do that a letter from Jobs is already en route and your Mac has decided to delete all your apps files. WOOPS!

#1 – Give an offering to the iGod.

At this point in time I am burning everything I have that may resemble a droid, windows computer, etc… All in my hopes to please the iGod and let my iDevice come back from it’s iHell. I loved my iPhone and don’t wish any kind of harm on it, his soul may be sitting somewhere right now being tortured because he was jailbroken. Come back buddy and let me treat you right this time. iPromise iGod as soon as iGet my iPhone back I’ll restore him to a clean 3.2. I’ll never jailbreak or mess with 4.0 again! Just give him back to me!

As a bonus tip don’t forget to openly bash flash!

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