My iOS 5 Upgrade Experience

If you were here last week, you may recall that I was congratulating myself for delaying an upgrade to iOS 5 with regard to issues early adopters were reporting, much of that presumably due to server congestion in the initial demand spike.

I also don’t have OS X 10.7 Lion installed on my production Mac, and don’t intend to make that jump anytime soon, so the data synchronization aspect of iCloud would be unavailable to me, and DropBox and (50 MB free storage offer for iOS users!) are doing a good job in that department.

However, curiosity got the better of me, and with the dust having settled a bit, I decided to take the plunge. First up was to download and install iTunes 10.5 on the Mac. I discovered that there were quite a few other upgrades I hadn’t gotten around to installing, and I ended up checking off nine to run concurrently, which ate up over an hour for the download, installation, and a couple of reboots.

With that taken care of, I plugged in, opened iTunes 10.5., and was duly informed that a software update was available and some synchronization issues needed to be attended to.

The progress bar initially estimated about 50 minutes for the upgrade, but 50 minutes passed, then quite a few more minutes, and finally the download entirely terminated with the helpful message appearing that the server had timed out. At least I didn’t get the dreaded Error 3200. Back to square one. I initiated a second attempt to download the IOS 5 install. This time it actually did take about an hour and fortunately seemed to have completed successfully, but some warning dialogs then appeared, with the ultimate upshot being that I would have to do a Restore run.

I complied, but not without consequences; either the iOS 5 upgrade or the Restore process, or a synergy of both, nuked my entire collection of third-party apps. Just gone. I was not enchanted.

On the upside, iOS 5 seems to work just fine, although I haven’t noticed any dramatic increase in speed At least there doesn’t seem to be any serious problems other than the necessity of downloading, and in some instances reconfiguring settings, all those applications –– the basics of which kept me up until after 3 AM before I finally decided to pack it in. At least I have fresh installs of my apps.

iOS 5 certainly isn’t revolutionary, at least if one doesn’t have an iPhone 4S for access to Siri and is not running OS X Lion (on a Mac) for iCloud synchronization. I’ve kept iCloud turned off for now. However, it seems like a solid OS once you manage to get it downloaded, installed, and things reconfigured.


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