Looks like Apple is facing a severe problem with its iTunes activation servers. Testimony to the fact is an eleven pagelength thread floating on Apple’s Support Communities where scores of users have reported their ordeal and have expressed their dismay. It seems like that this glitch has rendered many users with bricked iDevices in their hands, including but not limited to bricked iPads, iPhones and iPod touch.
The problem surfaced for the first lime last night when people tried to upgrade their firmware to the latest iOS 4.3.3 version which was released a few days ago, but instead got a bricked iDevice in their hands. The firmware download and upgrade process goes on without a hiccup, but the actual bricking occurs after the upgrade process has completed and iTunes tries to contact with Apple’s activation servers to finish the installation, but instead returns back with the following message:
There is a problem with your device.
We’re sorry; the device you connected may be damaged and cannot be activated for service. We recommend you visit your nearest Apple Store for more information. To find your nearest Apple Store, click here.
This problem is neither country specific nor being faced on a specific platform, which means that the problem is being faced by people around the globe, whether they use Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X.
If you were one of the unlucky ones who tried to upgrade and had your device bricked, you will have to wait and see what response Apple comes out with.
But in the meantime if you are prompted by iTunes to update your device to iOS 4.3.3, be warned that you would have a bricked device on your hands so therefore, it is best to wait before Apple decides to fix this problem and comes up with a solution as well as an explanation.