Activating an Apple iPhone and downloading apps from the App Store could take some time today

Activating an Apple iPhone and downloading apps from the App Store could take some time today
"And so this is Christmas," sang the late John Lennon in his 1971 holiday tune Happy Xmas (War is over). Ok, Yoko sang too. Anyway, the point is that today is December 25th and around the world people are unwrapping gifts. Some of these will be new smartphones, and if history repeats itself, many will be Apple iPhone models. According to Forbes, the handset gifted the most during the week before Christmas last year was the iPhone, which was responsible for 44% of  activations during that time period. Samsung and Huawei were second and third with 26% and 5% of activations, respectively.

Despite the anecdotal evidence of a slowdown in iPhone sales this year, most analysts expect Apple and Samsung to repeat as 1-2 in smartphone activations during the 2018 holiday season. And most still expect enough iPhones to be unwrapped today to swamp Apple's servers. If you are having trouble trying to activate a newly received iPhone, it might make you feel better to know that on past holiday seasons, the same thing occurred. But you might also want to peruse Apple's support page that deals with such matters.

Besides the sluggishness in activating a new unit, iPhone users will also have to be patient when it comes to App Store downloads. More iPhones being gifted means more apps being installed. And those who already own an newer iPhone model might have unwrapped App Store gift cards this morning and are dying to download some hot games.

We don't want to be the Grinch, but there is something else that iPhone users might have to deal with besides Apple's busy servers. If you just received an iPhone for Christmas, do not update the device to iOS 12.1.2. Otherwise, you might find yourself unable to receive cellular data. We wouldn't be surprised to see Apple release iOS 12.1.3 later this week to exterminate this (hum)bug.

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41 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Those Intel modems are gonna really be struggling today. I wonder if Apple will announce those holiday iPhone sales...probably not.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Mine struggles daily. Smh

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine too, despite resetting network settings, toggling airplane mode, and turning data off and on. Very unsure about future iPhones, if they stay with Intel.

41. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

I guess I’ve been lucky, my XS Max hasn’t had any issues so far, *knock on wood*. I had already updated to iOS 12.1.2 before I found out it was affecting cellular service in the US. I seem to have had good luck tho in the past with not getting hit by the various bugs over the years. My fiancée just got a XS Max for Xmas and when we set it up, it didn’t give us a choice on updating, it literally just started the update during the setup. So far she’s not had any problem tho.

7. scarface21173

Posts: 660; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

If they are record breaking sales then yes they will anounce it. Otherwise no they will not.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True words.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Who host's Apple's Appstore and iTunes? Kinda sucks not being able to use your new device on Christmas. May as well give your kid a battery operated toy today, and the batteries tomorrow lol.

6. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And this is why I refuse to step into the Apple garden but for what it's worth, Christmas is a terrible day for devices like Apple devices and gaming systems like the Nintendo or the Xbox. You have millions of new users trying to connect and get online along with the millions of existing users. Of course there's going to be some overlap.

23. midan

Posts: 2720; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Haven't noticed any slowdowns, app store working fast and so does downloads.

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