Earlier today, Apple released iOS 6.1 as an 85MB OTA update for my Sprint iPhone 4S. Sweet! That is until I run the upgrade and my iPhone ended up in "Recovery Mode".
I'll post periodic updates as I work through this issue. The iPhone 4S is my first iPhone, I was a Palm Pre user before getting my iPhone in October 2011. There have been a few OTA iOS updates since then, and they have all gone smoothly. I'm not sure why this upgrade failed. Naturally, I'm holding off upgrading my iPad 3 until I figure out what's going on.
If you have found yourself in the same situation, or want to learn more about Recovery Mode, check out Apple's support page on the subject.
Update 5 - 5:45am:
The OTA iOS 6.1 upgrade for my iPad 3 installed without any issues.
Update 4 - 9:00pm:
The iOS 6.1 recovery install from iTunes 11 running on my MacBook completed successfully. Everything is back to normal and my iPhone 4S is ready to get back to work. Crisis averted.
Update 3 - 8:30pm:
The iTunes 11 download for iOS 6.1 is *finally* complete and I'm about to plug my iPhone 4S into my Mac - hopefully getting this update show back on the road and my iPhone back into working condition. It sucks as a paperweight.
Update 2 - 7:30pm:
Well, we've got about 60% of iOS 6.1 downloaded and about another 45 minutes to go. I haven't found any posts online yet to indicate that this is a wide spread issue. I may just be 'lucky' tonight.
Update 1 - 6:50pm:
I'm downloading the iOS 6.1 update so I can install it on my iPhone and get it working again. According to iTunes 11, the 920MB download will take about 85 minutes to complete the download. Looks like it's going to be a long night.