Could not activate iPhone

Just when I thought Apple has started to recover from the Dev Center breach and that the brouhaha couldn’t get any worse, now comes word that iTunes activation servers have been experiencing an extended outage for the past few hours. No matter how you look at this, it’s another blunder for Apple.

Without iTunes servers working, customers are unable to activate their handsets. Apple’s servers used to melt under heavy load before, but it always happened shortly after a new iPhone had gone on sale (2007/2008/2009 iPhone launches), never mid-cycle like today.

It was unclear at post time whether this development had anything to do with a breach last Thursday which prompted Apple to take the entire Dev Center down…

I also couldn’t figure out how widespread the issue was.

“Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable,” reads the message on users’ screens.

“Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes,” Apple advises.

MacRumors notes first reports of the issue surfaced on social media three hours ago.

According to one tipster who called Apple about the problem, the company’s activation servers are currently down.

Another AT&T employee has told MacRumors that AT&T has also confirmed the outage, and posts in Apple’s discussion forum offer similar information.

If posts in Apple’s discussion forums are an indication, the company is aware of the problem and has already dispatched engineers to fix it.

I know technology occasionally breaks so maybe I’m reading too much into this. Hopefully, Apple will get iTunes activation servers running again within a reasonable amount of time.

At any rate, do hit us in comments if you’re experiencing similar symptoms trying to activate your iDevice.

  • abdullah575

    SHIT , i cant update to ios 7 beta 3 without a deveper acount !!!

    • Swifity

      That’s why it’s FOR developers.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It makes no difference whether or not it’s for developers if Apples activation servers are down even if he was a developer he probably would not be able to update until the activation servers are up…

      • felixtaf

        You are right.. But he was responding to a guy’s comment, that he cant update to iOS7 without a dev account. Both dint mention about the server outage…

    • felixtaf

      iOS7 beta spammer….

      • Joshua Catimpo

        Lesson Learned: stay classy! betas is for improvements and fixes. Not for installing in iphone as a pre-release ios 7

        Am i the only one who is annoyed with these people complaining about it? ( how ios 7 is laggy and slow?)

  • Kenny Woodard

    We will still be able to upgrade to iOS 7 with a registered UDID right? I was reading somewhere that Apple was cracking down on the old method and it wouldn’t work anymore without a registered UDID.

    • Marc-Eric Schneider

      now when you are for the last couple of weeks on ios7 what advantage do you have on a new ios7 beta with a registered UDID?

      go back to 6.1.4! maybe a jailbreak will be earlier released as a ios7 jb. get 6.1.4 before apple closes the window when ios7 is officially released!

      • Kenny Woodard

        That first part made no sense, and I don’t have an iPhone 5. I am currently on iPhone 4 6.1.3 with shsh saved and the 6.1.3 firmware saved on my computer so I will be fine in that aspect. I want iOS 7 but beta 3 was crashing my phone everyday and I would have to hard reboot or do a complete restore.

  • Gorgonphone

    Eh i dont even care

  • Adithya Sairam

    Oh wow… Now this happens. What’s next to go down?

    • Burge

      Should I reply to that..?…lol

      • Adithya Sairam

        No… but what could go down next? iTunes? App Store? FaceTime? iMessages? Cydia?

      • felixtaf

        You gone down already, coz of your ignorance… Sorry…

      • Adithya Sairam


  • Markus Hudobnik

    Apple needs to make it where people without a registered UDID can’t get ios7. Too many complainers.

  • Ted Forbes

    I was experiencing this from early Sunday

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  • Claire Mairee Mcmann

    strating my iphone but it says have to connect by itunes how do i do that xx