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Webstyr Level 1 (65 points)

I woke up this morning and my iPad3 screen was on the Could Not Activate iPad screen with the error stating "Your iPad could not be activated because the activation server is temorarily unavailable. " There is a "Try Again" button at the bottom of the screen and hitting it umpteenth times yields nothing. What is up with this? It was working fine when I went to sleep last night.

iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iOS 6
  • Webstyr Level 1 (65 points)

    More info on this:


    I have a beta version installed since I am a developer. I tried restoring through iTunes and got an error stating the software had expired and must be updated to a newer version. I tried the Restore button and got an error: "There was a problem downloading the software...The requested resource was not found".


    I then downloded the IPSW file manually and tried again, this time I held the Option key down and selected the IPSW file I downloaded. I got another error: "The iPad could not be restored because the firmware is not compatible."


    Don't know what to do at this point. Any suggestions from anyone?

  • rpfleger Level 1 (0 points)

    Happened to my iPad... And two seperate roomates iPhones last night / this AM alwo 


    I beleive we all had the development ios6 installed...



  • Webstyr Level 1 (65 points)

    Got mine restored. Here is what I did:


    1. Removed all IPSW files form ~/Library/iTunes/iPad Software Updates.

    2. Powered down iPad completely.

    3. Opened iTunes.

    4.Held down the Home button on the iPad while connecting it to iTune via cable.

    5. Had iTunes download the correct IPSW and restore my iPad.


    That's all it took. Worked like a charm. Hope this helps.

  • MustangChris04 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is bull****,


    My iPad did the same thing this morning.

  • Bajzek Level 1 (0 points)

    My iPad did the same and the suggested fixes are not working for me.

  • thomas-g Level 1 (0 points)

    Same activation problem here, ***! Restoring now, hoping it will solve the issue … Thank you Apple for a wasted evening of restoring and re-synching …

  • David Crystal Level 1 (0 points)

    Have identical problem without warning. Apple, you might have warned us developers that iOS6 beta would time out.

    Someone from Apple please tell us all the fix.

  • James Orlowski Level 1 (45 points)

    I have a similar problem.


    I bought a used iPad 2 off the Gazelle eBay store for my mom.  I purchased it a few days BEFORE the official release of iOS 6.  When I got it (a day or two after iOS 6 launch), I was shocked to see iOS 6 on it, but didn't think much of it (I should have known things were iffy, since it had iOS 6 AND the iOS 5's YouTube app on it).


    Now, come October 1, this iPad needs "activated," and I cannot figure out how to do that.  Nor can I "restore" it via iTunes (says it cannot find the requested resource).


    So, now what do I do?  I emailed Gazelle support, but am not confident they'll help.

  • David Crystal Level 1 (0 points)



    1. Turn iPad off.

    2. Connect USB charging cable to computer with iTunes that hold a backup.

    3. With iPad off, press continuously home button while pusing in dock connector.

    4. This switches iPad on and auto connects to itunes and restores itself.

  • James Orlowski Level 1 (45 points)

    Got it too.  I did the steps that Webstyr outlined on my iMac running 10.7.5, but I couldn't restore it.  When I tried ton my Macbook with 10.8.2, it worked.


    Now restoring from iCloud.  Should be good to go.

  • Bajzek Level 1 (0 points)

    I have attempted several of the solutions suggested and each time after spending an hour restoring the sytem it will not activate. 


    Apple - please help us and all the others who are trying to get their devices working again.  It is your software that is failing to function in a reasonable manner. 

  • Bajzek Level 1 (0 points)

    I finally found the secret handshake that fixed my iPad:


    Manual Update Instructions

    1)      Download the iOS IPSW file for your iPad or iPhone version.
    2)      Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad/iPhone using the USB cable.
    3)      Depending on whether you run Windows or have a MAC, follow

    Mac – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.
    Windows PC – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

    4)      A dialog screen will appear prompting you for the location of the IPSW file you downloaded. Find the file in the file browser and select the IPSW file.
    5)      iTunes will now use the iPSW file and update your iPad/iPhone to the new iOS version. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

  • MustangChris04 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Bajzek, that worked.


    PS: F|_|CK YOU APPLE for your **** poor communication with your consumers and your incompetent support staff, which are far from "geniuses".

  • ckahn Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh dear, my last iPad backup was 23/09/2012.   Can I stil back it up in this state before restoring?

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