Error 9: iPhone SE won't restore after attempted update to 11.3
Two days ago, iOS 11.3 came out, so I figured I would update both iPhones in the house. Everything went fine with my 7 Plus, but after attempting the exact same procedure on an (unfortunately out of warranty) iPhone SE, the phone, for reasons unbeknownst to me, just froze in the middle of the process and displayed the "Connect to iTunes" screen. We have a backup, so I figured I'd just plug it into my Mac and restore from iCloud after everything was ready. Unfortunately, I've been getting error 9 on iTunes over and over, even though I've already tried multiple cables and computers, both Windows and Mac. (Don't even get me started on going into DFU mode.) !&&*, I've even tried plugging earbuds on, pressing down the area where the memory chip is placed (which, looking back now, would never really work, since it wasn't really open) and even "mildly" heating the back of the phone with a hairdryer (yes I know that's all kinds of wrong but I was dESPERATE), all to no avail.
According to my searches in multiple languages, this is most probably a hardware issue (NAND/IC chip?), but I want to make sure I exhaust my software options before shelling out any cash or sending it off to be repaired. Everything was working fine before the update, and it's never been opened before...
Sorry for the long text and pLEASE SAVE MY SOUL
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