How to download #iOS8

So you’re ready to go and you’re frantically hitting update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. You may find you’re getting the following error;

Unable to Check for Update

An error occurred while checking for a software update.

This is sadly because of the demand being placed on the Apple update servers. You can keep hitting Try Again, or plug your phone in to the latest version of iTunes and update via that. Make sure you have a backup before you get started!

U2’s Already on your iPhone

At the Apple launch last night U2 announced their album Songs of Innocence would be released for free.

The magic in the delivery is that if you now go in to Music on your iPhone/iPad/iPod – you’ll find it is already there and ready to play/stream/download. Obviously you’ll need an internet connection for it to work, it’s not going to work in a cave.

It’s impressive because there’s no need to visit iTunes to download it to your device. But also bad, in a way, because I’ve now got something in my music library I have not chosen to be there.

The big question is, how many artists will be screaming out now that it’s unfair, biased, a monopoly etc. but will queue up to release stuff for free to Apple users at the next launch?

Watch Apple Launch Event in VLC Player

If you want to watch the launch event in VLC Player, here’s what you need to do.

1. Open VLC.
2. Press Ctrl + N to open Network stream.
3. Paste in http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/14pijnadfpvkjnfvpijhabdfvpijbadfv09/m3u8/atv_mvp.m3u8
4. Hit enter.
5. Enjoy

Faulty iPhones: True!

A while back I had 7 faulty iPhones in a row. Apple denied there was a problem, and they upgraded me for free to a newer handset as ‘compensation’.

Turns out they did have a problem: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/22/apple_returns_iphones_to_foxconn/

Updating iPhone Error 2003

The better half recently got an iPhone 3GS to replace her 3G. The main reason being that the iOS5 announcement included the 3GS but not the 3G – that’s been abandoned by Apple, and if I’d paid circa £500 for it 18 months back, I’d be pretty annoyed.

So before selling it to an electronic ‘recycling’ company, it needed to be formatted and returned to factory settings, this proved a little problematic. By that, I mean the following error;

The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored. An unknown error occured (2003). Searching Apple’s support website had no fix for error 2003, it wasn’t even listed.

The problem is initially caused if you’re connected on a USB 1 port. My PC is fairly new so I seemed puzzled by this, but then I remembered a lot of the front panel ports don’t run at proper USB 2 – so switched it to the back of the PC.

Still though, error 2003 returned.

Those with iPhones will know that the supplied USB lead is pretty short, so I was using one of those USB extension leads – about a foot long. So I removed that, and hey presto the update started working.

Until. The same as the above, but this time error 14. Apple had a support article for this though, here.

I checked the cable I was using and it wasn’t an official Apple one, a cheap spare from eBay. So I switched to the official Apple cable to do the restore. Hey presto. It’s all working now.