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iPhone users face difficulty downloading 3.0 update

updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu June 18, 2009

iPhone 3.0 download slow

Some iPhone users have reported considerable difficulties downloading the new iPhone 3.0 firmware, following its release on Wednesday. MacNN has received reader accounts of activation servers being unavailable; some have complained that the update process can take upwards of two-and-a-half hours to complete. Delays are believed to be attributable to user overload.

Accounts continue to indicate that Apple is influencing the shipping times for the iPhone 3GS. Instead of being delivered as soon as possible, shipments are now being marked with a note stating that "The receiver has requested a hold for a future delivery date." Phones are thus likely to arrive only in time for the official launch, on Friday.

Apple has delayed the delivery of new products in the past. In one example, the company shipped products such as iLife and iWork ahead of the intended launch date, at which point some customers were asked to surrender the products back to UPS. The products were then redelivered on the official release date.

by MacNN Staff





  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I downloaded the 3.0 update as soon as I got home last night. No delays, no errors, it found it, downloaded it, installed it, and I was running fine.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and expect this to happen again tomorrow.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I downloaded it and installed it on my 1st gen iPhone - no problems at all.

  1. Glenstorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    worked 4 me... eventually

    The upgrade d/l'd fine for me, but I did have troubles with the authentication server phase of things. It kept reporting the server was unavailable. I just kept trying and it eventually worked.

  1. EternalGuest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    me neither

    no problems with the update on me 1st gen iphone. Smooth sailing.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Infrequent syncers

    I guarantee a lot of people (like most of my friends) are people who refuse to regularly sync their iPhone 3G - maybe never synced it after the first week of buying it. tPeople who have dozens of apps, hundreds of photos, emails, and attachments that have never once been backed up. I can't imagine the delay that would cause in iTunes.

  1. Heavydevelopment

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No problems here

    8 minute download and installed in 15 minutes tops. Actually one of the smoother updates for me. 2.0 was a much longer download.

  1. musocat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Worked a Treat

    I waited 'til after work to update my 0G iPhone. At around 6:30pm, it downloaded and restarted no problem. Smooth as silk. The delays were probably from the surge of people who downloaded the moment it came available.

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where are these people getting this this load of c*** from?
    Downloading was a piece of cake or easy as pie... It has always been easy.
    The lunch date is for the 19th of June. So what is the BIG HAIRY DEAL?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Cake

    The launch date (not a lunch date) is for the 3GS, not for the iPhone 3.0 software, which Apple said would be available earlier.

    Now why so many people would dare download it immediately is beyond me. Doesn't anyone have the patience to wait and make sure there aren't any issues with it?

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