Asus fans expecting a whole lot of awesome when they unboxed their spiffy new Tegra 3-sporting Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime were, for the most part, satisfied when they got their hands on the cutting-edge tablet -- with one exception. Yep, Asus shipped the Prime with a locked bootloader. Bleh! Early adopters took to the Interwebz to voice their rage, and all the e-complaining paid off: today, Asus released a tool that'll crack Transformer Primes wide open.
Sanctioned unlocking always comes with a couple of caveats, however, and the Transformer Prime is no exception. First and foremost, you'll be voiding your warranty if you use the unlocking tool, but we're guessing you knew that already. Also, if you're running an out-of-the-box Prime, you won't be able to run the unlocking tool at all. You'll need to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich first. Fortunately, the Asus support page that contains the bootloader unlocking utility also offers the ICS firmware, so check it out for all your one-stop Transformer Prime shopping needs. Now get to modding!