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  • iTunes Activation Servers Appear To Resume Working After Bricking Fiasco


    Last night, as chronicled in a swelling exchange of comments in Apple Support Communities, iTunes activation servers apparently went down, a situation that resulted in countless bricked iOS devices. As we understand it, the bricking took place upon upgrading the iOS device's firmware to the newest version (either through iTunes or restoring). Subsequently, however, iTunes mysteriously failed to connect with Apple’s activation servers.

    Users reporting this problem received this message during their ordeal: "There is a problem with your device. We’re sorry, the device you connected may be damaged and cannot be activated for service. We recommend you visit your nearest Apple Store for more information. To find your nearest Apple Store, click here."

    Given the global scope of the problem (users in myriad countries have reported this glitch) and that it occurs on both Windows and OS X, blaming iTunes activation servers for the issue seems the safest bet. Regardless of the problem's source, this tech headache has made it a rough Saturday for more iDevice owners than we can possibly imagine.

    Fortunately, however, the massive discussion now reflects a good number of posters who say the apparent problem has been resolved. Many of those who reported their iPhone, iPad, and iPod bricked now say their devices are working normally once again.

    Source: Apple Support Communities
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iTunes Activation Servers Appear To Resume Working After Bricking Fiasco started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ozzie5374 View Post
      You watch too many Batman Movies.
      I don't watch a lot of movies( especially batman)

      You mind telling me what that means now??
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      And yet another reason to stay away from iTunes!
      TOTALLY agree. I look forward to the day that Semaphore finishes the program to restore without iTunes.

      iTunes is the most unfriendly, terribly engineered piece of caca poopoo
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Sorry, but I find Windows the "most unfriendly, terribly engineered piece of caca poopoo"

      Oh, and if you run iTunes on a Mac, it actually works fairly well. Sort of the opposite of running Office on a Mac.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      Sorry, but I find Windows the "most unfriendly, terribly engineered piece of caca poopoo"

      Oh, and if you run iTunes on a Mac, it actually works fairly well. Sort of the opposite of running Office on a Mac.
      LOL. I get it. There is no question in my mind that the Mac OS/iOS is superior no matter what. Hats off to you for being a Machead. I have just been PC rockin for so long Im in fear of learning a new code. LOL.

      Well said. : )
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Nah- my real point was that Mac stuff on Windows runs about as well as Windows stuff runs on a Mac. I have no problems with iTunes, but it seems that lots of people running it on Windows do. So....

      Oh, and Mac OS is just Linux for the most part (well, at the start it was). Not so difficult to work with.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      What is the reason that an iDevice needs to phone home every time you update or restore?
      So Stevie boy can make sure they still have control over your device and that you're not jailbroken.

      I just got an LG G2x, after my iphone 4 contract expires., Im done with with the iphone.

      Quote Originally Posted by CONVBMW View Post
      LOL. I get it. There is no question in my mind that the Mac OS/iOS is superior no matter what. Hats off to you for being a Machead. I have just been PC rockin for so long Im in fear of learning a new code. LOL.

      Well said. : )
      90% of computer users around the world disagree with you.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Yeah, and Titanic won Best Picture Oscar and made a lot of money. How does the majority liking something automatically make it "better?"

      "Stevie boy" cannot tell we are jailbroken over iTunes.
    1. AzraDark's Avatar
      AzraDark -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post

      "Stevie boy" cannot tell we are jailbroken over iTunes.
      No but i got 5 that says he can see the firmware version..
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      The story is HIS phone is both unlocked and jailbroken.

      Since no one has ever had an issue with Apple knocking on the door demanding a clean restore of a jb phone, it seems moot.

      Oh, and jb'ing an iPhone is legal. Not much they could do about it even if they wanted too.

      Paranoia is... well, paranoia.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      What is the reason that an iDevice needs to phone home every time you update or restore?
      Gotta stop you from downgrading!
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Only reason I can figure.
    1. ParadoX's Avatar
      ParadoX -
      Please, Please Please, for the love of everything iOS, iDevice etc. PLEASE learn to use the word "bricked" in the correct context. Not being able to use it due to the activation servers being down is hardly bricking a device. In the iphone 2g days. If you didnt know what you were doing when jailbreaking and unlocking a device , You could BRICK a device. As in render it useless no matter what you did, restore, update it was in a permanent state of brick. A paper weight is what it has become. So next time you use the word BRICKED while talking about an idevice please make sure you are using it correctly
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      I got to say I chuckled when I read this. As we can clearly see here Apple is not immortal and has its bad moments.