iOS 10 is available now for the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, sixth-gen iPod Touch, iPad 4, Air, Air 2, Mini 2, 3 and 4, as well as the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it’s not always wise to rush these things, and insist on being among the world’s first iFans running a brand-new operating system build.
No matter how many public betas precede wide-scale rollouts of “finished”, fully polished software goodies, a fraction of iDevices will oftentimes encounter major issues at first. Phone and tablet “bricking” is one of the worst things that can happen in these instances, and alas, it’s exactly what Apple had to deal with the other day.
Merely “during the first hour of availability”, according to an official company statement, which was plenty to inconvenience hordes of impatient iOS enthusiasts who quickly flooded social media with stories and pictures describing their unfortunate experiences.
Pretty much the same stories, and the same pics showing various iPhones and iPads stuck on Apple logo screens with no update progress bar. If you haven’t yet managed to fix the “brief issue” that Cupertino claims affected “a small number of users”, a simple force restart and recovery mode initiation should do the trick.
After pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, you’ll see the recovery mode screen, and then iTunes will ask you again if you want to update. The answer is yes, and the reinstall should go down without loss of personal data.