The Day the Earth Stood Still (My iPhone Died)


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deadiPhoneHaving your office in your pocket is awesome—except when your office shuts down and you cannot get in.

If you are new to the blog, please take a minute to check out my previous posts on the iPhone, and how I can essentially run my entire office through it.

While out of town for a consumer lawyer convention last week, my iPhone inexplicably decided to shutout while touring the Liberty Bell. The battery was at full charge, and I had not dropped it or gotten it wet. Bad news.

I ran back to the hotel and tried plugging it into my MacBook Air—no dice. After a quick Google search, I found a possible solution—“hard reboot” by holding the power and home key simultaneously. All this got me was a dialog box showing a picture of plugging my iPhone into iTunes.

I followed the directions, and iTunes told me it needed to download an update, and restore my entire iPhone—restoring everything to factory resets. Not cool. But, I needed to head to the airport shortly, and really needed functioning phone. Unfortunately, the update was 300MB, and on the hotel’s free wireless, it needed three hours to download.

So I headed to the business center, where I was told they had faster connections, but only through their hardwired PC’s. Out of options, I resigned myself to plugging my iPhone into the PC and hoping I could download the update faster.

Inexplicably, once I plugged it in, my iPhone sprang back to life, and was seemingly just fine. So what happened? I have no idea. My iPhone has worked just fine since this little incident.

If I had not been able to get internet access via my Macbook Air, this would have been a huge pain in the butt as I made my way back home. As great as a smartphone is, it can be crippling when it shuts down and you cannot fix it.

(photo: striatic)


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  • Diane

    Did you try removing the battery for a minute or two and then replacing it to reboot? Sometimes they “crash” but can be rebooted this way.

  • I thought about it—but I’ve been advised that removing the battery is a bad idea. It died again over the weekend, so I am going to the Genius Bar to have them check it out.