iOS Update Bricking Some 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Devices (via daringfireball)

Daring Fireball : MacRumors : ‘iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Devices With “Error 56” Message’

While not all 9.7-inch iPad Pro users have reported problems, there have been a number of reports on the MacRumors forums and on social networks, suggesting the problem is widespread. Attempting to restore through iTunes doesn’t appear to resolve the issue.

I have the 256Gb cellular iPad Pro 9.7 and I’ve had this issue; OTA update fails at the “updating firmware” stage and no amount of iTunes recovery attempts work, whether to 9.3.2 or to 9.3.1 downloaded from Calls to Apple Support have led me to a Genius Bar appointment where I think they’ll likely swap out the iPad for a new one, which matches with the experiences read about online. Poor QA from Apple on a brand new device.

UPDATE: After I managed to squeeze into a Genius Bar appointment at Covent Garden, I relayed my conversation with Apple Support, they ran their own attempt to install 9.3.2 (with the same Error 56 message) and then simply swapped it out for a new one. Their feedback was there was a firmware issue on a batch, which meant when 9.3.2 was installed it tripped something in the firmware which then produced the hardware error message. Despite this, am going to hold off on trying the update again until there’s a new release. Macworld have also picked up on this.

Interestingly, 3 staff said this was only the 2nd iPad Pro 9.7″ they’d seen, with the first having just a cracked a screen.

The Power of Vulnerability by @BreneBrown

Brene Brown’s RSA talk (she also presented at TED) on her studies into vulnerability & empathy are incredible; she speaks well, the research is fascinating and the advice she gives is potentially life-changing. To get started, try this lovely animated short using extracts from Brene’s RSA talk:


What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

The West Wing’s “Two Cathedrals”

Incredible that this was aired FIFTEEN years ago today and the show still remains incredibly relevant today. This clip (or indeed, the whole episode) has to be one the best 5-minute segments of television ever produced.


“There are people way worse off than you,” she said. “If you don’t want to run again, I respect that. But if you don’t run because you think it’s gonna be too hard or you think you’re gonna lose — well, Jed, I don’t even want to know you.”

An invitation to bring back your personal site (Elezea)

What’s really changing here, then, is not the length of the tweet. It’s where that link at the bottom takes you when you click on it—or, rather, where it doesn’t take you. Instead of funneling traffic to blogs, news sites, and other sites around the Web, the “read more” button will keep you playing in Twitter’s own garden.

Source: An invitation to bring back your personal site

I completely agree, take control (and ownership) of your own content.