Apple's iPhone Activation Servers Again Experiencing Outage

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    There is no word yet on when users can expect the issue to be fully resolved, but a similar outage occurred two weeks ago.

    Article Link: Apple's iPhone Activation Servers Again Experiencing Outage
  2. grzechu51 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2011
    It's back

    Just now I had to restore my iPhone 5. There was a problem, but when i restored it again i was able to activate my phone.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2011
    Sometimes I wonder if Apple's servers are powered by a gerbil running on a wheel.

    What Apple need to do is get a bigger, more powerful gerbil.
  4. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    What about iTunes Match? Mine is giving me nonstop errors saying it can't connect. Typical too, cause I want some songs synced over for work and I'm leaving in about 15 mins!
  5. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Apple is subject to considerable DoS attacks because a successful Apple is bad for controlling governments. Know any?

    "Too big for their britches."
  6. Ventilatedbrain macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    This is not directed to you sir .. But why is it a trend that EVERYONE thinks they know what apple needs ??
  7. JSMencer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2007
    So I was experiencing this problem last week, and I was on the phone with Apple for an hour, and att for an hour. Apple said it was a circuit in my phone that would not send out the activation signal. SO, I sold my phone cause I needed some money for a new helmet. I tried again monday night and it still didn't work. HMMM maybe it would have worked. Oh well I needed the cash.
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2011
    Well I can't answer that, but I can guarantee Apple need a bigger gerbil.
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Thats the most infuriating message ever, getting a shiny new iPhone and not being able to play with it, so you idly caress it and whispher sweet nothings to it instead, and tell it in great detail about all the things you're going to do to it once you get it activated.

    I'm going to install apps on you... over and over again.... :cool:
  10. macsrcool1234 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2010
    Apple is a perfect case study of how not to run your servers for any aspiring enterprise administrator.
  11. SJism23 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2012
    …creepy :eek:

    Apple's been having many outages recently with many of their services, They really should invest in more stable web infrastructure.
  12. robeddie Suspended


    Jul 21, 2003
    this is why I hate the cloud

    Back in the day ... we didn't have to 'activate' our phones. They just worked.

    The ridiculous and annoying 7 layers of crap I have to go through, even when the Apple servers are working great, pisses me off.

    Why does Apple have to 'activate' my damn phone anyway!?!?!? My service is with AT&T.
  13. daneoni, Aug 8, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

    daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Ugh...that grey linen. So glad they've binned it.
  14. Markc1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    I doubt anyone here even knows how Apples servers are architected nor the types of problems they face. As noted previously, most of the companies with a large internet presence are constantly under attack - it's a daily evolution for them.
  15. dj95 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    I just had the same problem after restoring my iPhone 5 due to battery problems. Putting it into recovery mode and then another restore seemed to fix it.
  16. lewismayell macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2013
    South West England
    Thank christ, I thought my WiFi was ****ing around again, it worked so I think it's fine now, funny how it happened at the exact moment I actually needed to restore and activate my phone
  17. SJism23 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2012
    I think he was referring to pre-iPhone cellphones.
  18. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    Apple may have been hacked yet again. Their network needs work.
  19. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    This is a sign that you shouldn't be buying a new iPhone right now :D
  20. needfx macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    I 'm sensing some satisfaction points being shaved off temporarily
  21. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006

    Although with CDMA phones you still needed to.
  22. Georgij macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2013
    I think their server engineers running around from one place to other. Since they have to fix the Developer service and now this
  23. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Do you even have a clue about what it takes on the backend infrastructure/data center side to keep the day to day operations running? :rolleyes:
  24. ElTorro macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2013
    First, this is a rumor site, you it is natural for people to draw certain conclusions what Apple might be needing help with. There is nothing wrong with it.

    Second, people here know what they need from Apple. One thing would be to expect Apple to have a backup solution for activations, so this doesn't happen this often.
  25. layte macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    About as much as Apple it would seem.

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