iOS 9.3.2 Causing Some 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Units to Brick Due to ‘Error 56’ Message

It appears that today’s iOS 9.3.2 update is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners. As noted by MacRumors, a number of users have taken to Twitter and other forums to complain that the firmware bricked their tablets shortly after installing the over-the-air update.

Unfortunately, for the folks that are experiencing the issue and have plugged the iPad into their computer to launch iTunes, as instructed by the error message, the fix is not working:
“Mine is bricked. Says it needs to be plugged into iTunes, won’t restore or update, just a big loop. Fantastic. :/”
Apple has a specific error document for Error 56, which states that this particular error message relates to a hardware issue. That document goes on to say that owners should update to the latest version of iOS, try to restore the device twice, and check for issues with third-party security software.

Here’s what Apple’s support document has to say about Error 56:

Check for hardware issues
If you see error 53, learn what to do. If you see one of the errors below, you might have a hardware issue:
1, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16
20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 56
1002, 1004, 1011, 1012, 1014, 1667 1669
Here’s what to check:
Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.
Check for issues with third-party security software.
Make sure that your USB cable, computer, and network are reliable. Then try twice more to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
If you still see the error message, you can check for outdated or modified software or contact Apple support.
We should see a patch to fix this bug as soon as possible. As usual we'll keep you updated with anything new. 

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