UPDATE: It seems Apple has resolved the issue as we have now been able to sync up with iTunes. Look for a review of the MLB.com At Bat application shortly.
I really wanted to report on the new MLB.com At Bat widget for the iPhone today.
No, really, I did.
A slight problem happened on the way to the story, however… today my iPhone is a brick.
Early this morning, Apple released Version 2.0 of the iPhone software. The release has Exchange Server capabilities, as well as a widget to access the new App Store, where waiting for me, and certainly others, is the new MLB.com At Bat application which allows one to get game updates (see MLB.com Widget for iPhone? It’s on the Way).
So, this AM, the new update notification arrived through iTunes, we downloaded it, and started the Sync process.
That’s where the trouble hit.
As part of the sync process, the iPhone must connect with the iTunes Store. With the massive influx of those that already own iPhones, on top of those looking to activate the new 3G iPhone release, the Apple servers have been overwhelmed, thus causing timeout messages when the iPhones are attempting to connect to the iTunes Store through iTunes (the odd thing is, you can access the iTunes Store through the interface, but the iPhones can’t).
With the sync process not fully complete, my iPhone is now an expensive brick. Nothing is accessable. I get nothing but a splash image of the iPhone connected to iTunes. My phone is in software pergatory. Support? The Apple Support Disccusion forums have had to deal with the side-effect. They read, "We'll Be Back Soon".
So, as I mentioned, we would have loved to report on how the new MLB.com widget works with the iPhone. But, I imagine it’s all hands on deck at Apple. No one would want to within a 100 miles of Steve Jobs today.