Update: After several hours of waiting, the iPhone 2.0 software update finally resolved itself. It recognized where it left off in the installation, re-started it, and finished. I now am running the 2.0 OS on a first-gen iPhone.
While I expect the installation process to improve — as demands on the servers decrease — I have one word of advice for those who have yet to upgrade: patience.
Patience is something we need for the entire iPhone experience — from MobileMe, to the App Store, to the 2.0 OS upgrade, to waiting in life to buy and activate an iPhone 3G.
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It’s happened to me. My iPhone is bricked.
The iPhone 2.0 software upgrade bricked my iPhone.
And here I thought I was home free.
I started the morning by checking for the software upgrade. Cool. It was there. It took a while to download the 218.2 MB upgrade, then the iPhone went through its various installation tasks.
When it went to connect to the iTunes Store for what I presume was re-activation, the phone hung. I got the follow error message, which continues to plague me.
At first I thought iTunes was down with all the upgrade activity going on today. I disconnected, check iTunes — it was there — and then reconnected.
I’m still bricked.
But I’m not the only one. The blog Crave notes that the iPhone 2.0 update is wreaking havoc on first-gen devices.
I expect the iTunes servers are being bombarded with requests. I’m sympathetic to the problem. But I really don’t care. My phone is bricked and unusable. I need it.
What’s going to happen next? Will this fix easily? Today is NOT the day to go visit the Genius Bar at the Apple Store.
Update: If I leave my iPhone connected to try re-connecting later, my computer crashes. So the process is now: connect, hang, disconnect, reconnect, repeat.
See also Apple’s MobileMe problems: Surprisingly, Apple botches the debut of MobileMe. Where is it?
Update II: But, hey, MobileMe is now working! At least I can play around with it until the iPhone woes are solved.