Apple’s iOS 5 is now available to download
Today is the big day. Apple’s iOS 5 has gone live and is now available to download and update to using iTunes. iOS 5 can be installed on Apple’s iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation.
iOS 5 was officially announced back in June during Apple’s WWDC annual event, and it’s safe to say that Apple device owners have been eagerly awaiting for it to finally make it to the public. According to Apple, iOS 5 has 200 new features compared to its predecessor, and there are many noteworthy things in there, such as iMessage, Newsstand, the new notification system, pervasive Twitter integration, an updated version of Safari, and so on.
If you have one of the supported devices, you should probably start up iTunes on your Mac or PC, update iTunes to version 10.5, then attempt to update your iDevice. Be advised though that many people haven’t had any luck in updating, with iTunes throwing up a restore error at some point during the process (but after it backs up your data, which may take a lot of time in itself). Restarting the process will also restart the backup, so if you’re impatient, you may end up wasting a few hours.
Reportedly, these errors are thrown because Apple’s servers can’t handle all the software verifications that are sent to them. So hopefully Apple is working on fixing these issues. If you can wait, we’d recommend you do so until tomorrow, when things should get sorted for good.
Thankfully though, because of the OTA update mechanism built into iOS 5, this is the last time you’ll have to perform an iOS update through iTunes. So good luck!