[mac4theblind] Re: [a-iOS] TMO iOS 5 Upgrade Guide | How-To | The Mac Observer

  • From: David Hilbert Poehlman <poehlman1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mac4theblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:10:43 -0400

this post has a lot of good info in it but I've never seen an upgrade go belly 
up although I've heard about a lot of toasted attempts.  Many of them turned 
out to be either corrupted downloads or poor connections.

On Oct 12, 2011, at 12:27 AM, Bubba wrote:



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TMO iOS 5 Upgrade Guide

With the release of iOS 5 just hours away
, there's plenty to think about before upgrading to the newest version of
Apple's mobile device operating system. We've put together this guide to
help you decide when to upgrade, and what you need to do to be prepared when
the time comes.

Deciding whether or not to upgrade right away is a no-brainer for some, but
for others it may not be a clear cut choice. Either way, planning ahead will
help cut down on surprises and headaches when you make the jump to iOS 5.

iOS 5
apps<http://www.macobserver.com/imgs/teaser_images/20111011ios_apps.jpg> iOS
5 is loaded with new features

Should You Upgrade?
Even if you don't upgrade to iOS 5 right away, you'll still want to consider
making the move soon - assuming you have compatible device. Currently, iOS 5
is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, third and fourth
generation and iPod touch, and the iPad and iPad 2.

This isn't the first time Apple has dropped support for earlier iPhone
models with an iOS upgrade. The first generation iPhone was left behind with
the release of iOS 4, and now the iPhone 3 has been left out of the upgrade
game, too.

Just as it did with iOS 4, Apple isn't charging users for the upgrade to iOS

Here's some of what you can expect to see once you upgrade to iOS 5:

*       Notification Center
*       Newsstand
*       System-wide single sign-on for Twitter
*       Reader support for Mobile Safari
*       Reminders
*       Support for taking photos from the lock screen
*       Over-the-air software updates
*       iMessage

Despite all the new features iOS 5 offers, along with the extensive beta
testing it has undergone, it's probably not a bad idea to wait at least a
day or two for all the edge-case problem reports to come in before
upgrading. Of course, we'll be watching close for issues that may have
slipped through the beta testing process.

Update Your Apps First
Before upgrading to iOS 5, make sure you have already updated to iTunes 10.5
_icloud/>  on your Mac or PC. Mac users can go to Apple menu > Software
Update, and Windows users can choose Help > Software Update to make sure the
most recent version of iTunes is installed.

Next, pay a visit the App Store in both iTunes and on your iPhone and make
sure you have the latest versions of all your apps. Most iPhone and iPad
apps should run just fine in iOS 5, but developers have been hard at work
adding support for the new features Apple rolled into the OS update.

If you aren't sure how to update apps on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad,
check out our Quick Tip to help you through the process
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Check for iOS Compatibility Issues
We suggest making a point of checking developers' Web sites for any
mission-critical apps you run to make sure they aren't warning about any
show stopping compatibility issues. If you find any issues with apps you
simply can't live without, we recommend delaying your iOS 5 upgrade until
the developers release compatibility updates.

Backup, then Backup Again
Upgrading to iOS 5, or any iPhone OS for that matter, will wipe out your
phone and then restore it. Just like the data on your computer, the
information on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch could be forever lost if it
isn't backed up. iTunes backs up your handheld's data every time you sync
with your Mac or PC, so you should already have a copy of all your important
information safely tucked away.

If you aren't sure if your iOS device has been backed up recently, just
launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
via its dock cable. iTunes will automatically perform a backup for you.

You can make doubly sure your iPhone data is protected by backing up your
backup. If you already have a strong backup process in place, odds are your
iPhone and iPod touch backups are included. If not, or if you aren't sure if
your handheld data is included in your computer backup, check out our Quick
Tip on backing up your iPhone's data
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Save Your Settings
While the upgrade to iOS 5 shouldn't wipe out any of your settings, it's
still a good idea to go into the Settings app and note anything you might
not otherwise remember if things go south. An easy way to make sure you have
an accurate record of all your settings is to use the screen capture feature
to take snapshot pictures of your iPhone and iPod touch settings. We have a
Quick Tip that details how to take iPhone screenshots
<http://www.macobserver.com/tip/2008/07/13.1.shtml>  and what to do once you
have those pictures.

Once you have those screenshots, make sure they end up somewhere you can
find them should you be one of the unfortunate few that loses all your data.
You can email the pics, or sync with your Mac to automatically add them to

Copy Your Data Back
After you upgrade to iOS 5 there's a chance that some of the applications,
music, or videos that you expect to see won't be there if, at some point,
you told iTunes to stop syncing and disabled its warnings. Re-enabling
warnings in iTunes gives you the opportunity to transfer apps and media back
from your iPhone that otherwise might get missed.

Resetting Warnings in iTunes
To re-enable warnings for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, connect your
handheld to your computer, Control-click or Right-click on your device in
the Library list, and then choose Reset Warnings from the pop-up menu. We
have a Quick Tip that details the process
rnings/> , too. Once you've reset the warnings, perform another sync and
iTunes will obediently display any warning dialogs that were previously

Upgrading to iOS 5, Finally
Now that you've covered as many of your bases as is reasonable (and perhaps
unreasonable but, hey, we're playing it safe!), go ahead and tell iTunes to
install the iOS 5 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The OS download and update process will take some time. The updater files
clock in at about 800MB, so make sure you've got plenty of bandwidth (and
battery power, if on a laptop) to get the job done.

Once the update is complete, go through your iPhone and make sure your
settings are correct. We suggest checking your Mail and MobileMe/iCloud
settings right away just in case any settings look out of place. If you have
more than one Apple ID, you'll need to also check the iTunes and App Store
apps, along with Messages and Game Center to make sure the right account is
linked to each app.

To check your Mail and Calendar, iCloud and Messages settings, launch
Settings then scroll down to each app. For iTunes and App Store, launch each
app, then scroll down to access your account information. Game Center should
display your account info when you first launch the app.

Post-Upgrade Advice
Reports from developers installing the final version of iOS 5 seem to
indicate the upgrade is fairly bug-free and upgrades are going smoothly. We
do recommend you wait to do anything in iTunes until after your iPhone's
display shows that it has completed an upgrade and the initial Sync just to
be safe.

Once you've upgraded your iOS device will, in theory, be fully functional,
and all of the data that was there before the upgrade will still be in
place. In fact, you'll likely even find that all the web pages you had open
in Mobile Safari are still there.

That said, we've seen a few isolated situations where data goes missing. The
Ikea app, for example, required us to re-download the catalog file during
our upgrade tests.

Because the upgrade completely replaces the firmware on your iPhone, the
first post-upgrade Sync will trigger a backup that will take a long time.
Depending on how much data is stored on your device, the backup process
could take 15 minutes or longer.

Since you're already in down time-mode because of the upgrade process, this
is a good time to go ahead and let that first backup happen incase something
goes wrong later. Simply plug your iPhone back into your computer, let
iTunes do its thing, and then you're off and running.

The Quick Upgrade
After detailing how to make sure nearly every base is covered before you
upgrade, we have to add that plenty of users will upgrade without checking
their backups or app compatibility without any problems. If you plan on
jumping in and hitting the ground running, iTunes will do its best to make
sure you have something to fall back on should the upgrade process go wrong
since it forces a data backup before running the iOS 5 installer.

Dive In and Let US Know What You Think
After you finish the upgrade process it's time to start playing with the new
features in iOS 5, then come back and tell us and the rest of your fellow
TMO Observers about it all in the article comments.

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