How to Fix a Hanging, Failed or Incomplete iPhone Software Update (aka Your Phone is a Brick)

My Last iPhone Software Update Drama
Four months ago, my wife bought me an iPhone. During a Software Update, the iPhone decided to stop the installation at around 70-80% and hang. I unplugged the device after 2 hours of hanging and tried to restore my backup. It didn’t work. Each restore operation also failed/hung around 70-80%. I called tech support and they told me to try deleting the Software Update and re-download. They also had me uninstall and reinstall iTunes. Nothing. Back then, my iPhone was still in it’s 2 week trial period so I marched back to AT&T and got a full refund.

Today’s iPhone Software Update Drama
My wife surprised me again on Christmas with another iPhone. We figured the last unit was defective and the chance of a 2nd defective unit is near zero. For the past month, I’ve been syncing with a Dell Inspiron 530 flawlessly.
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