Some users reporting iPhone activation problems

Apple doesn’t seem to be having a good time with their online services lately.

MacRumors reports that Apple’s activation servers are down again, which means that users who have just bought or restored their iPhone or any other iOS device with cellular service may face problems activating their device.

Apple appears to be experiencing another problem with its systems today, as a number of MacRumors readers have reported they are unable to activate their new iPhones. Other reports are showing up on Twitter as the problems continue.

An AT&T employee has told MacRumors that some Apple Retail Stores are sending customers to AT&T stores, but indicated that those locations are having similar activation issues.


Since Apple doesn’t have a system status page for activations, it is not clear what’s the reason for the issue and when it will be resolved.

We are also getting reports from readers that they’re still unable to download or update apps from the App Store, even though Apple confirmed that the issue was resolved after a brief outage yesterday.

Let us know if you’re facing a problem activating your iPhone.

[Via MacRumors]

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  • Mystic

    Last time this happened, there were reports of people being able to downgrade iOS to earlier versions. Or so I think.

    • iPhoneHacks

      No, those were two unrelated incidents.

      • Mystic

        Damn, I was really hoping that would be the case. Stuck on iOS 6.1.3 myself. Thanks for the clarification though.

  • ifonix

    i had iOS 7 beta that expired yesterday (thursday). so thanx to apple activation service that was, or still down.
    i had this problem, could not activate via wi-fi with i iCloud… could not activate via iTunes because find my iphone is on… hahaha…
    so i had to restore with DFU mode and lost the iOS 7. after restore my iphone (4S) is on iOS 6.1.3.
    so no 7 and no JB.
    thanx apple.

    • tony

      how did u restore?? I had to disable my find iphone! And through itunes its still having problems authorizing or something??

  • iSams

    I had a prob Wednesday with Activation but got it done with Ipsw w/act, lol (for 7 beta 5 no less) but iTunes crashed , then uTube started crashing but iTunes started working again!!! Now, after going back to 6.1.3 and re-installing 7b5 all work but 7 still cross-crosses phone numbers in iMessage.

  • DR JK

    i am facing activation problem after a restore..
    I think Apple is loosing its edge as the best to a mortal one..
    I experienced range related issues in my newly replaced Iphone 5 after a display complaint.. 3 months time my second Iphone showing problems and now its not even been activating after a restore..Restore is being done after the advise from call centre..
    buying Iphone is my biggest mistake..

  • tony

    Yeah I’m having problems, phone hasn’t been working all day… Been trying everything, Guessing it’s Apple’s fault now?

    I’ve been on iOS Beta for past month or so and it broke today, launch of new phones. Any conincidence?