iPhone 5 or earlier Original iPhone 1, recovery.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by alias99, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. alias99 macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2010

    I have an original iPhone that I thought i would try and get working again.

    I plugged into my Mac and opened iTunes to do a restore.

    But I got an "unknown error".

    Does anyone have any advice or links where I could get some help to get this phone working again?
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    You probably need
    1. A 2007 MacBook.
    2. A working 30-pin cable.
    3. iTunes 9 or older.
    4. A proper sized SIM card.
    5. A new battery.
    Good luck.
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Just be aware that the original iPhone can no longer be used as a phone. It’s incompatible with current networks.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Looked at mine and sadly it will not wake, even if hooked up to a charger.

    Has some great memories, things were different back then when Apple was starting out in the phone market.
  5. alias99 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2010
    Thanks, I just want it to work again but not as a phone as I have a modern iPhone.

    More of a novelty thing. Seems a waste to have an original that doesn't function
  6. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I wouldn't let it bother you too much. I fired mine up at one point last year and the novelty lasts about two minutes.
  7. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Guess what? Surprisingly I thought the same thing until I was instructed T-Mobil still runs the EDGE network. I guess they need it for various older GPS devices and such. Anyway, you CAN activate it with them yet don't expect T-Mobil to be supporting it much longer.
  8. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Every new iPhone made today will eventually meet the same fate as the iPhone 1 and the dodo- extinct
  9. bryanc28 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2007
    Arlington, Va
    Not if you jailbreak it.
  10. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    But it might take a little longer. The iPhone 3G will still be compatible with networks for many years to come, so hypothetically you could probably use that phone for 20+ years if you change the battery a few times and don't care about modern features, speed, storage and apps.

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