I was just restoring my iPad 2 to iOS 7.1.1 and trying to restore as a new iPad. After setting the language and Wi-Fi password, I was hit with an error message titled "Replacement Needed" during the activation process. Looking through forums on the issue and found that many people are having a problem, particularly with iOS 7 activation and with the iPad 2 as well. Because this is out of warranty, I would need to pay $309 to get the iPad replaced, according to Apple's support website. Ridiculous, paying for a refurb device because the iPad bricked itself after a restore. Anyone encountered this issue before? What could I do to fix it (besides going to the Genius bar)? I tried every possible solution, even did a DFU restore, etc.