Today’s Way to Brick Your iPhone…


…is to install software on it (a 2G model) meant for the iPhone 3GS. Now you know for sure: If it says “iPhone 3GS only”, don’t install it unless your phone is a 3GS. It seems like common sense, but it can be tempting nonetheless (and it didn’t stop me!).

Here’s what happened: After the software installed, when it came time to boot the phone, the start up process stalled on the Apple logo and the spinning wheel appeared on top of it (but ironically, didn’t spin). I could not get the phone to boot. Fortunately, I was able to force the phone to power-down by holding power and the center button for a few seconds. I was then able to plug it into my computer and restore it back to health. It’s been a hassle to restore and re-sync everything, but all’s well now.

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