There is so much to catch up on since Apple released 2.0 for the iPhone and iPod Touch that it’s hard to figure out where to start.
On July 11, 2008, we were getting ready to leave for a vacation to Myrtle Beach when I noticed the 2.0 software release for the iPhone was out. Since my wife has the original iPhone I decided to download 2.0 and apply it once we got to the beach. 2.0 downloaded so fast that I figured I might as well apply it before I got in the shower, so I did. (By the way, this was less than 10 minutes after my wife begged me not to touch her phone before our trip as she likes to use it when we’re on the road.) Hey, it’s Apple, and Apple has never let me down before. What could happen? Well, thousands of you probably know the rest – after the 2.0 update the phone reset itself and needed to communicate with Apple’s servers to activate. Since those servers were totally overwhelmed, nothing was happening. So I jumped in the shower and figured it would be done by the time we were ready to leave. No such luck. I checked the Apple forums and found I was definitely not alone, but we had to get on the road so I grabbed my wife’s iPhone, her laptop, my laptop, and my backpack and we headed out the door.
She was not a happy camper. No phone to play with on the road trip meant no Goggle Maps. It doesn’t matter that the awesome Garmin Nuvi 350 was less than 5 feet from her head, it was not her phone and Google Maps. So she asked to use my iPod Touch since it was jailbroken and had FiveDice on it. Well, unfortunately I had restored it to factory default to get ready for the 2.0 software for the Touch, which didn’t come out for another 13 hours. If the software had been available for the Touch I would have never touched her phone at all. So, no FiveDice. Strike 2.
Then it hit her that we packed the Nintendo DS and that would surely give her plenty to do for a while. Except that it was packed in the trunk of the car, which was an amazing feat in itself as we were originally going to take the mini van but decided to take the car to get better gas mileage. The DS was buried deep in the bottom of all the luggage, beach chairs, and body boards. Strike 3.
I had no intention of taking her laptop to the beach that day, but I grabbed her PowerBook because I didn’t know if I would have to complete the activation process on the same computer that had started it on or if I could use my MacBook Pro. Unfortunately I wasn’t smart enough to grab the power supply and the battery on her PowerBook has seen better days. If we’re lucky we’ll get 30 minutes on a full charge. So I turned on her PowerBook and killed every program that started up and launched iTunes. I turned the screen down to 1 little bar and hoped I could find a wireless signal. Thankfully the hotel we were in that night had wifi and the iPhone activated itself almost as quickly as I plugged it in to the PowerBook. Success! We can now use the iPhone as a phone. ”Apple must have resolved their capacity issues.” ”Hey, where’s all your data?”
Next came the fun of holding my breath through the longest initial restore of data to a device in my lifetime. I would continually take the screen down to 0 bars, then back to 1 a little later to watch the restore progress. The battery indicator was down to 14 minutes and had turned red. Not good. Turn the screen back off. With just 7 minutes of reported battery life left the iPhone retuned to its glorious former self. It was a phone with all the data she had on it previously. Life was good.
“Hey Valerie, check out all these cool apps I loaded on here for you” I said with the joy of a child on Christmas morning. ”Watch how…hey, why is it just a black screen with an Apple logo in the middle of it now?” Uh oh.
That would not be the last time that I saw that black screen with the Apple logo.
To be continued…