This is an absolute disgrace, hot on the heals of the Blackberry disaster. Well done Apple, you have managed to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.
My single username got updated to the new email version and now I cannot reset the password. The real kicker is that it now claims that my date of birth is not recoqnised so I need to use the email reset option. Waited for around an hour now and no email has arrived.
A complete FUBAR!
I can see the problem, but can't see how to fix it, when i try and buy or update apps, i get the prompt, but it's connected to another apple ID (that I may have opened with I signed in on the phone because i was waiting to migrate to iCloud on a computer). But I don't know how to hook my itunes store to the new/latest ID.
I've gone into icloud and changed it, i've gone into the settings/store and connected it with the new ID, and it still won't update. Anyone know how to get to the thing that connects with the app store and get it to read the new (not really new, but the old since it changed) ID?
This is really frustrating....
I had the same problem and fixed it pretty quick. You need to use your email address (which you associated with your old apple id) as a new apple id. I went to reset password page, entered email address as an apple id and clicked send recovery by email. I had email with recovery link in less than 1 min. After that I successfully logged in to iTunes and synchronized my iPhone.
Okay, I have managed to get a solution for my particular problem.
1) New AppleID (the transition from MrStrathmore to my primary email address) worked fine on iPhone. Could access previous purchases and password was accepted for App store.
2) Could view account settings vias Settings - Store on the iPhone with my password.
3) Could not login to iTunes store on Win7 PC
4) iCloud in iPhone settings was on permanent 'Verifying' status and email never arrived.
5) If I tried to check my AppleID existed on appleid.apple.com by typing in my name and email, the site said I did not exist.
6) I could login to 'Manage' on AppleID site but site said a verification email had been sent (which never arrived) and atempts to resend it never appeared.
7) If I tried to reset my password via email option, it never arrived.
8) If I tried to reset my password via security question it said my date of birth was wrong. (Also, in the account setings on my iPhone, only my date and month were shown.... no year.)
The way I have cleared the error was as follows;
1) Go to appleid.apple.com
2) Clicked 'Manage' account and entered new email AppleID and password
3) On the screen that said verification had been sent, clicked edit for the AppleID and Primary email address.
4) Entered a single word (my old AppleID name) and tried to change.
5) Got error as not a valid email
6) Re-entered my new AppleID (email)
7) Saved changes and requested a new verification email. This appeared in seconds.
I can now login to iTunes and when I went to iCloud settings on my iPhone, the verify completed and everything now works.
What a complete mess. I guess the Apple systems were stuck in some sort of dead-end with my account. If you have a similar set of symptoms, give it a try. Especially if you are waiting for a verification email......
I had the same problem with my wife's iphone id. Apple failed to send to her an email to yahoo with the information to access her old account. So the solution for her was to create a new id account under the new email provided by mobile me (APPLE) and forget about using the yahoo email account. It synchronized the account okay. Everything works!
One of the problems, I think is the fact that Apple no longer permits old passwords that are weak in strength. It requires instead a new password with an Uppercase letter and combinaton of letters and numbers. etc.
I am in ID **** also after this ios5 update. I am one of the "old" customers who has a single word as my AppleID, not an email address. This ID has worked flawlessly for YEARS. I never received any prompts or communication from Apple that I should change the single word format to an email. Now, this ioss update is demanding I change my AppleID, but believe me, it's not straightforward. I am currently paralyzed with decision re: what to do next. My iPad is useless, can't even get past the restore screen.
See current other threads such as the following, and/or search on "appleid" or "apple id". also just read of another person who, after changing their appleid to the new format, can no longer access their previous apps, $$ in app store because it's all under the former AppleID. Seems like rather than a benign update of the existing AppleID, the action instead renders the former AppleID defunct, taking away all previous activity/apps/$$ and does not transfer it to the "updated" AppleID name. In other words, it's not an update of an existing ID. It's a deletion of the old ID and the creation of a totally new one.
Also confused by the following. Note the use of "icloud" account. Is that what this requirement to update my good ol' apple ID is all about? So I can have an icloud account??? If true, they can keep it!
from support article
Can I use an apple id that isnt’ an email address to sign up for an icloud acct?
No Your Apple ID must be a full email address (e.g. email@example.com) in order to sign up for an iCloud account. You can change your existing Apple ID to be in the format of an email address if it is not already at appleid.apple.com
I used to use a single word - in my case it was "surnamefirstinitial" (eg. doej), but I got confused, went to search for my AppleID online, used my email address, found an account (turns out it's not the one linked to my single word log in) and configured my iPhone with this account.
Now I can't update any apps because I can't access the account they were purchased and installed with.
I can get the free apps again with the account that the AppleID search found, but I'm not going to re-purchase the Apps and Music I bought!
How can we get these purchases moved accross the the email address based CrappleID that I'm using now???
I had problems with my iPad 2.
I've now sussed it.
You need to go to the edit my apple id page.
There is an option to merge your old username (not email address) with the email address your account is registered.
It then allowed me to log on and finish the install on the iPad.
Currently having to re-install all the apps (major b-ache) but hopefully that's the inly inconvenience moving forward.
Hope this helps some people...
I had the same problem yesterday...I reset my password and created a new one with new password rules (my old password wasn't required to have at least one capital letter; the new one was). Now that is my new password for my Apple ID in the iTunes store and on apple.com, as well as on my iPhone now running iOS5.