Taking to Twitter, Facebook and Apple’s support forums, users reported that their phones and tablets had been wiped — or worse, bricked. So many people were having problems with the update that the upgrading error message, “error 3200,” nabbed a spot as a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
On Apple’s forums, several users reported similar stories to this one, from a user with the handle kxmx43: “Plugged into iTunes (fully updated) and downloaded iOS 5. Began installing and errored out. Lost everything. iPhone now stuck in Recovery Mode and won’t update to iOS 5.”
According to posts on the support forums, the company told users that 3200 errors meant that there was simply too much network traffic to process requests and that users should try again later. Others found that downloading the update straight from Apple’s Web site instead of upgrading from within iTunes worked more quickly, but that wasn’t the case for all users, Gizmodo reported.
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