Windows users are likely familiar with the dreaded and all-too-prevalent “Blue Screen of Death.” Heck, even Bill Gates hit that infamous BOD snafu during a high-profile keynote. But, Apple’s products have traditionally been viewed as being a bit more stable and crash-immune. That is, until now.
Scattered reports are coming in that point towards iPhones and iPhone 3Gs running the iPhone 2.0 OS and iPhone 2.0.1 OS experiencing system crashes with iPhone application installations and updates. The crashes, associated with what has been dubbed the “Apple Logo Screen of Death,” are apparently rare and random, but can require an iPhone restore to bring things back to normal.
iPhone users are reporting that application installs and updates can sometimes trigger an iPhone crash, resulting in the Apple Logo Screen of Death that sees the iPhone trapped in a seemingly endless feedback loop.
Should you happen to come across the new-found iPhone crash-screen, you’ll need to put your iPhone in to restore mode and restore that sucker right quick. Your iPhone is not bricked, it just needs some tender loving care.
To restore your iPhone, connect it to iTunes and hold down the Power/Sleep button simultaneously with the Home button. Keep both buttons pressed down until your iPhone powers off. When your iPhone turns off, release the Power/Sleep button, but keep the Home button depressed until iTunes detects the iPhone (it should detect restore mode).
Once iTunes detects your iPhone in restore mode, hit the “Restore” button to get your crashed out iPhone back to working order.
Let us know if you’ve hit the Apple Logo Screen of Death on your iPhone or iPhone 3G.