Solving iOS 6.1.x “Unable to Verify Update”

I went to do an iOS update the other day on my iPhone 5. I was trying to update from iOS 6.1.2 to 6.1.3. I was stopped after receiving the message “Unable to Verify Update”.

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I tried restarting my phone, reran the update, same problem.
I tried turning wifi off, then back on, same problem.

Here is what solved it.
In iOS settings turn off wifi, then restart your phone. After restart, turn wifi back on, then go back and try to do the iOS update again. It should now say something that it is checking for update. In actuality, there was a newer update out there which I believe was trying to get inserted. In my case I now was presented with updating to iOS 6.1.4 instead of iOS 6.1.3.

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I am now successfully updated to the latest iOS version
I suspect this approach will work with other iOS 6.0.x versions as well that receive this message.
Hope this helps.

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iOS 5 Software Update

Here is the list of features and improvements I captured from the Apple iOS 5 update.  This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

• Notifications

  • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
  • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
  • View notifications from lock screen
  • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app

• iMessage

  • Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
  • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
  • Group messaging and secure encryption
  • Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*

• Newsstand

  • Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
  • Displays the cover of the latest issue
  • Background downloads of new issues

• Reminders for managing to do lists

  • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
  • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

• Built-in support for Twitter

  • Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
  • Add location to any tweet
  • View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts

• Camera improvements for devices with cameras

  • Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Volume Up button to take a picture
  • Optional grid lines to line up shots
  • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
  • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
  • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock

• Photo improvements for devices with cameras

  • Crop and rotate
  • Red eye removal
  • One tap enhance
  • Organize photos into albums

• Mail improvements

  • Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
  • Indentation control
  • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
  • Flag messages
  • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Customize mail alert sounds
  • S/MIME

• Calendar improvements

  • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
  • Tap to create an event
  • View and add event attachments

• Game Center improvements

  • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
  • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
  • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
  • Discover new games with custom game recommendations

• AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

• Multitasking Gestures for iPad

  • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
  • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
  • Swipe left or right to switch between apps

• On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

• Software updates available over the air without tethering

• iCloud support

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
  • Backup
  • Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
  • Find My iPhone

• Redesigned Music app for iPad

• Hourly weather forecast

• Real-time stock quotes

• Wireless sync to iTunes

• Keyboard improvements

  • Split keyboard for iPad
  • Improved autocorrection accuracy
  • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
  • New Emoji keyboard
  • Personal dictionary for autocorrection
  • Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words

• Accessibility improvements

  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to speak a selection of text
  • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver

• Exchange ActiveSync improvements

  • Wirelessly sync tasks
  • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Improved offline support
  • Save a new contact from a GAL service

• More than 1,500 new developer APIs

• Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

iPad 2 Predictions

source allnewsmac.com

There has been a lot of talk about what the next iPad will be.  The rumors have been flying all over the board for the past six months.  With features such as faster processors to retina display.  Even some reports already point to an iPad 3 rumored for later this Fall 2011.

Apple is set to unveil the new iPad 2 on March 2nd at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts at 10:00 am PST, as reported by Kara Fisher from All Things Digitial.com.  I think we will see some good improvements, and Apple is going to need to keep the inovation going strong to stave off competing products such as the Motorola Xoom.

So with that, here is my  predictions for iPad 2:

  • Faster; likely dual processor A5
  • Slimmer & Lighter
  • One or more cameras
  • More Ram
  • Same resolution

What are your thoughts on possible features?

iPhone 2.0 app crash (Editorial note added)

After updating my 1st gen iPhone to the new 2.0 software I now experience some crashing of my app store downloaded apps.  The apps crash orginally after downloading them, but instead happened after I did my first sync with my Mac with iTunes 7.7.   With this, iTunes proceeded to do a full backup of my phone, which I thought was unusual, but maybe from me purchasing some applications I thought.  After the backup completed 10 minutes later I ejected my phone and started to use some of the apps.  All of my apps that were downloaded from the app store would appear to start then crash out back to the home screen.

I have  various app store applications installed, some paid, and some free: monkey ball, enigmo, ebay, weatherbug, nytimes, airme, ureport, mobilenews, exposure.

To solve this problem I am deleting my applications from the iPhone home screen and then downloading and installing them again.  This appears to fix it.  Also you don’t have to worry about paying for the dowftware again as the app store remembers if you paid for an app already or not and tells you that you will get this as a free download.  Oh, you might want to hold off syncing your iPhone until apple fixes this problem.

Anyone else seeing this problem with the 3G or 1st gen iPhones?

Editorial note:  Here is the latest news that summurizes the various iPhone problems.  http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/07/18/iphone_3g_and_2_0_affected_by_buggy_software_sensors_wireless.html