Does anyone have an idea why this might be happening. I have this happening to me too. I have had my iphone working fine before the upgrade to ios7, then after upgrading to ios7 it stopped finding a signal unless I did a hard reset. Now it's stuck in the "restore" mode and every time I try to restore it gives me the "An unknown error occurred (16)" error message. It does this at the very end of the restore.
Same here, tried every method mentioned in the posts even tried different versions of firmware always the same error at the end.
Also tried disconnecting the battery for an hour but same error (16) at the end of restore. I notice this error code
isn't documented in apples error codes so what do we do next.
Wonder how many folk will have to have this problem before apple decides to find out what is causing error code (16) .
Is everyone else on a Windows PC as well? I think this is iTunes Windows PC related... but, here is my story...
I have an iPad 2 that is also getting this error, as others have said, at the very end of the verify process.
I have uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes.
I have tried to update from another iTunes account.
I have tried to update from another iTunes account on a different computer.
I tried reinstalling in DFU mode.
I called Apple Care, and they were quite mystified by Error 16 because, as we know, it is undocumented. They seem to think, however, that this is related to other 16XX errors:
Apple Care asked me to remove all my USB devies, dismantle my security software, and remove any firewalls or third-party security software. I did that to the best of my abilities and I got the same message.
I also tried on my husband's laptop, and got error 3194, which is related again to security and firewall settings causing the update server to be unreachable.
This feels wrong to me because I have three other iOS devices (iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPad 4) and all updated to iOS 7, iOS 7.01, and iOS 7.02 just fine.
I may try to update from work where I may be able to use a Mac. I will let you know if that works.
If not, I guess I'm driving 3 hours to the Apple Store.
Another update to my last post, and I have since tried fixes with tiny umbrella, red snow and ireb with no joy. Have now found the install failure logs on my computer and it seems it happens when the process tries to update the baseband of the phone. I am now going to send the logs to apple and see if they can come up with anythig
This error appeared on my iphone 4 two weeks ago. Worked fine when up to the point when I tried to download iphone.
I too have tried all of the troubleshooting mention in this thread.
Problem has been escalated up to senior engineers.
They requested the pc logs which i sent to them and still no answer.
This whole problem has become very frustrating. Its taking too long to fix. I reported it to apple very soon after it arose
I will keep you all updated
Hope this helps... Error code 16 is a hardware issue/fault
With my particular phone it was a battery fault I didn't have to buy any new parts or anything I just disconnected and reconnected the battery a number of times.
Iv done this 3 times now I have to do it every time I upgrade the firmware and it's worked every time for me.
So here's some steps to follow
1. Remove the back with a small cross point screw driver
2. Remove the screw that holds the battery connector
3. pop the battery connector off and and reconnect it
4. Connect device to computer
5. Place the device in DFU mode
6. Once in DFU mode carry out a restore
You may have to repeat these steps a number of times but if your issue is the same as mine then it will work its worked twice for me this week with the iOS 7 and ios7 update firmware
Please let me know if this works for you too hopefully it will