Originally Posted by DFA1
Ahhh so there is a chance that new S4s could come with the latest OTA.... fawk!
There is a chance, but the warranty replacements are still coming out with MDK, and I got mine only about 3 weeks ago and it came with MDK also. Unfortunately I learned all this after I received mine and accidentally updated to the OTA. Still kicking myself for that...
Even if it does come with ME7, HashCode is currently developing SafeStrap for ME7 which will hijack the bootloader and allow installation of custom ROMs on a locked bootloader. The slight chance that you buy one that is already on ME7 shouldn't stop you from picking up an S4.
By the way, I LOVE mine even though I am on stock, rooted ME7.