Fine, I'll Download It For You

I recently found myself needing to reset an iPhone 6 to its factory defaults. There is some useful stuff to have if you’re trying to do this:

  • the passcode for the phone
  • the AppleID with which the phone is associated
  • an iTunes installation
  • an Internet connection capable of downloading the iPhone software image in 15 minutes

It turns out the first two are optional given the last two, or at least a reasonable facsimile. If you don’t have the last one, you have to fake it. Here’s how I spent my first day of funemployment compensating for some Apple engineer failing to consider that it might be nice to download a file before you need to use it.