iOS 10 update bricks some iPhones and iPads [Update: fixed]

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Hold off on iOS 10 for now.
Hold off on iOS 10 for now.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The long wait for iOS 10 finally ended this morning when Apple unleashed its huge software update on the world, but instead of getting a ton of new features, some iPad and iPhone owners report their devices have been bricked.

Based on early reports from Cult of Mac readers on Twitter, you might want to hold off on installing iOS 10 via the over-the-air update. Some devices failed during the upgrade process, leaving devices totally useless until a fix comes out.

One work around to fix bricked iPhones on iOS 10 is to connect it to a Mac and then restore or update the iPhone via iTunes. Once you plug it into iTunes the device should still keep all your data.

It appears that most of the bricking on iPad is occurring on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, though we have no clue why. We’ve reached out to Apple for more info but have not heard back yet. If you’re desperate to try iOS 10 right this minute, make sure to back up your device first.

Update: Apple has issued an apology for bricking devices:

“We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability. The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.”