1. gary_gnu's Avatar
    Apple Rolls Out iPhone 3.0 Operating System Upgrade | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
    Update 12 p.m. PDT: Some users, including a Wired.com staff member, are reporting problems downloading the iPhone 3.0 software. (See screenshot.) This is likely due to server overload; keep checking throughout the day to see if the update is available.
    iPhone 3.0 OS Upgrades Hitting a Snag - Gadgetwise Blog - NYTimes.com
    Havent had time to upgrade your iPhone to the newest version of the operating system?

    You might want to wait a bit longer before trying.

    Reports are flooding Twitter and the Web that attempts to upgrade their devices to the latest version of the iPhone operating system are being hit with an error message stating that the iPhone activation server is unavailable.

    From what we can tell, the snag renders the iPhones unusable and leaves them in a mode similar to what is commonly known as bricking and unable to make calls.

    Weve reached out to Apple and are awaiting their response to the situation. Hows your upgrade going?
    Pretty freaking lousy, actually. Still stuck.
    06-17-2009 05:04 PM
  2. gary_gnu's Avatar
    Well, at least they're consistent.

    iTunes activation server pining for the fjords

    by Robert Palmer on Jul 11th 2008

    According to a few tipsters, the iTunes activation servers that help do everything from activate brand new iPhones to getting new firmware for iPod touches are dead to the world.

    Tipster dik said "[A]s of right now, [Apple Retail] has lost all connectivity with the iTunes activation servers. No idea how long this will last, but everyone who is in line right now can expect a MUCH longer wait."

    This also affects people trying to update to the 2.0 firmware from home, via iTunes for the iPhone and iPod touch. There's a good chance that's where the "We could not complete your iTunes Store request" errors are coming from. Unfortunately, this means that many users have their iPhones bricked temporarily disabled, and only able to make emergency calls.

    Apple is aware of the problem and is working to correct it, according to a discussion thread in progress.

    If you have any information about what's happening, feel free to tip us. Thanks!
    06-17-2009 05:16 PM
  3. TheCarBlogger's Avatar
    Guys, HERE is the solution for everyone with bricked iPhones. This even applies to those who were in the middle of downloading the software and got abruptly disconnected.

    1. Turn off your iPhone and quit iTunes. Unplug your iPhone from your computer as well.

    2. Replug your iPhone into your computer. iTunes will automatically open and ask you to update.

    3. Click "Update"

    Pay attention to the next step: crucial.

    4. Right after clicking "Update", disconnect (that's right, DISconnect) your Internet connection.

    5. Instead of the dreaded rejection message, your iPhone will still be updating. I'm still clueless as to how this is achieved sans Internet. Your iPhone will flicker once and a progress bar will show. After that progress bar has been filled, another progress bar will appear. Wait time for this one is shorter than the first.

    6. Your iPhone will now show a "Connect to iTunes." It is bricked at this moment and only Emergency calls can be made. No worries though.

    7. Quit your iTunes again.

    8. Reconnect your Internet connection.

    9. Open iTunes again.

    10. Your iPhone/iPhone 3G is now "activated".


    Ta-da. Your iPhone should say that it is activated now. It did for mine and I am tremendously happy and dumbfounded as to how this worked. But it works.

    In the case of Rogers, you will also be prompted for a carrier update. Click "Yes". It's very short and harmless.
    06-17-2009 05:24 PM
  4. gary_gnu's Avatar
    Woah! Just got through.
    06-17-2009 05:25 PM
  5. discosrule's Avatar
    I keep getting the message, managed to upgrade one of my phones but not the other !
    06-17-2009 07:16 PM
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