Updated: Some Registered Developers Reporting "Pink Screen of Death" When Installing iPhone 3.0 Beta 4?

UPDATE 2: Andrew points out in the comments that this may be the result of devs using Xcode to install Beta 4 rather than iTunes 8.2, which is required. We have no way of testing this, but if you are having trouble, and using Xcode, try switching to iTunes 8.2 and installing that way.

UPDATE: Devs responding to @theiphoneblog via Twitter are reporting that, for them at least, the PSOD is temporary and/or goes away after a reboot. Let us know how it's working for you.

ORIGINAL: Some of the comments in our recent iPhone 3.0 Beta 4 release post, purportedly from registered developers, suggest that at least a few installations are failing with the dreaded "pink screen of death".

The PSOD was seen last year when, during the 2.0 Beta cycle, Apple was tardy with Beta 3 and the previous beta timed out. We're not certain what's going on this time. Developers and their iPhones have to be registered with Apple in order to properly activate. If the procedure Apple is using to verify registration has changed, or is otherwise failing for a percentage of developers, that could be annoying at the least, show-stopper at worst.

If repeated attempts are succeeding for you, or if you've found out anything else that's getting things working, please drop a note in our comments or direct your fellow registered developers to the proper trouble-shooting resources.

Rene Ritchie

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llofte says:

I like that it's pink. Much cooler than a blue screen of death... ;)

MoBounce says:

Had the pink screen and error 3013...tried again and no problems at all!!

ryshark11 says:

so if i install 3.0 beta 4 without the itunes 8.2 beta what will happen?

Fe says:

how do you get the 3.0 beta?

spidesol says:

I'm using iTunes 8.2 and it's still giving me the same error I tried to restore with beta 3.0 3 and restored just fine! WTF is going on man!?

ppennza@gmail.com says:

@ ryshark11 It just gives you an error and puts your phone in recovery mode.
As for the PSOD i had to do it 4 times before it worked

ryshark11 says:

@patrick did you do it with a itunes 8.2 beta or just on regular? And your saying after a couple of tries it worked

P2hero says:

How dose some like me get into beta 3.0 testing ???

spidesol says:

So I've tried doing the upgrade and option click and that doesn't work so far so I'm gonna try restore and option click see if that does the trick

snod says:

I got this too.
At first I tried to install the beta using iTunes 8.2pre, which didn't work due to an error #6, multiple times.
Then I tried to restore the iPhone using the XCode (Beta4) organizer. The first try didn't work well, it showed me 2 connected iPhones and afterwards I got the pink screen. On the second try however things went smoothly.

spidesol says:

ok so i tried the restore and option click but no luck still gets bricked as soon as restore process begins

spidesol says:

ok everyone i finally got b4 installed successfully all i did was install itunes then restart and then install sdk4 and restart and when i tried to upgrade and it worked!

Hunter says:

Disable PeerGuardian and/or let LittleSnitch talk to gs.apple.com:8080 during install.

bobby says:

i tried to restore it doesn't work it says un sopport

Adam says:

how do i get rid of the pink screen of death!? when i plug my ipod in to my computer it gives me the default screen of the itunes symbol and the cord in other words saying please connect to itunes. but instead of a black background its PINK!!!! itunes will not recognize my ipod touch (1st Gen) when i plug it into itunes. it gives me an error message. the computer itself recognies it but not itunes. HELPPPPPP!