So some of you may have been like me and didn’t upgrade to gold master, so it was no surprise Sunday morning when I woke up that my phone read, Activation Required. I tried to hook it up to iTunes and got the message of “could not activate iPhone” I was then forced to sign in with iCloud details but unfortunately this did not solve the issue. I then kept getting messages that Apple’s activation server was “temporarily unavailable.” and a new version of iOS was ready. GREAT! The only logical thing I could do was go into DFU mode and set my phone up as new. It’s just a work iPhone 4S, so I didn’t have many apps anyway so no biggie. However there is a fix. The folks over at iPhone Hacks have a step by step how to restore your iOS device. You need to install the new iTunes 11.1,download iOS 7.2 firmware manually and then do a manual restore.
Apple usually expires the beta versions after final releases, but this one came extremely fast. Sure Apple should be a little more graceful and give us a heads up before bricking our devices, but no ones to blame but ourselves for not updating. If you are experiencing this error, don’t panic, a quick search online for DFU mode will walk you through the process of resetting your iDevice or follow the step by steps at iPhone Hacks.