It seems like updating to iOS 10 bricked a number of devices. If this has already happened to you as it did to many other users, don’t despair. It is possible to fix a bricked iPhone or iPad after iOS 10 OTA update.
According to Apple, the problem that causes devices to brick during the iOS 10 upgrade process is fixed now so you can safely download and install the update if you haven’t done so already.
How to fix a bricked iPhone or iPad after iOS 10 OTA update
For those that were unfortunate to have their devices bricked while trying to upgrade to iOS 10, the fix is quite straightforward.
Check if you’re using the latest iTunes version which should be at least 12.5.1 to support iOS 10. Just to be on the safe side, perform an update check.
Then you can connect your bricked device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) to your computer.
iTunes will display a prompt saying “Your iPhone cannot be updated, you must restore it to factory settings”. This is exactly what you should do so click on “Restore”.
At this point, you will be asked if you are sure you want to restore your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. Click on “Restore and Update” to continue.
Now, iTunes will begin to download the iOS 10 firmware file and extract its contents to upgrade your device to iOS 10.
It is possible to get one or more errors but don’t get discouraged. According to user feedback, it might take a few tries for the upgrade to complete.
As you can see, there is a way to fix a bricked iPhone or iPad after iOS 10 OTA update. It’s not exactly a one-click job but as long as you follow the instructions and have some patience your device will soon become usable again.