November 11, 2011

iTunes Error 0x8E00007F

Apple’s support forums are replete with user complaints about this error.

It appears when an iPhone running iOS 5 re-enters the same WiFi network as a user’s Mac or PC running the iTunes application, and the application tries to wirelessly connect to the phone. Not many complaints mention this happening with iPads.

I've had similar trouble with an iPhone 3GS, when tethered-syncing it to a Windows-based iTunes installation. A lock code I had enabled on the phone was preventing iTunes from getting access. I don’t know whether something similar is going on here.

This is the first time I’ve had any kind of connection or sync problem between an iPhone and a Mac running iTunes. I’m going to disable my lock code to see if that resolves the issue.