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Apple Releases iOS 5

David Gilbert


iOS 5 Release

iOS 5 has finally arrived having been launched four months ago, but the upgrade to the new software has not been as seamless as Apple would have hoped.

Released by Apple yesterday evening British time, it seems as if every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owner tried to update at the same time with Apple’s servers unable to cope under the weight of such huge numbers.

Many users reported an “Error 3200” message appearing when they tried to upgrade their system’s software. This was as a result of the requests to upgrade not being fulfilled by the servers which couldn’t cope with the large numbers.

Apple reps said the problem was one they were aware of and they said the issue should subside within a few hours. And that certainly seems to be the case with most users now able to download the iOS 5 update without much trouble.

iOS 5 Release

However, overloaded servers were not the only problems reported with the update with some Apple customers complaining about long backup time, long downloading times and having to reorganise all your apps as a result of the upgrade.

iOS 5 is a major upgrade to Apple’s mobile software and will bring with it some major new features. Among them will be:

iMessage: Apple alternative to BBM, allowing you to send unlimited text, photo and video messages with other iOS 5 users.

Notifications: The Notifications Center will put all notifications in one place, with an Android-like swipe from the top of the screen giving you access.

Twitter: Much higher integration of Twiiter within iOS5 allowing you to sign-in once and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube.

Physical Camera Button:iOS 5 users will be able to use the Volume Up button on the iPhone as a physical camera button.

Users have to connect to their computers one last time to upgrade to iOS 5 but from there on out, all updates can be done over-the-air. You’ll need the latest iTunes software too, 10.5, which is also available to download now.

iOS 5 Release

Speaking of such things, iOS 5 users will now be able to use Apple’s new cloud-syncing service, iCloud. You’ll need to sign up to it on the website and it will allow you to sync images, documents, data and more between your iOS device, Mac and the cloud, with back-up and restore capabilities for your Apple devices. It is free at launch and comes with 5GB of online storage.

Of course the release of iOS 5 is just for starters this week from Apple with the iPhone 4S going on sale from 8am tomorrow morning and with 1 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, we expect those Apple stores to be pretty busy tomorrow.

The iPhone 4S will of course come with iOS 5 but it will also have one feature not available (yet) to other iOS 5 devices – namely Siri, Apple’s voice recognition AI software which lets you ask it questions and give it commands to make it easier to send emails and texts.

We’ll be bringing you a full review of the iOS 5 very soon but for now let us know in the comments if you have managed to get iOS 5 onto your iDevice and what you think of it so far.


October 13, 2011, 2:41 pm

Not sure what to put my slow download time down to: the countryside or Apple...

Andrew Fordham

October 13, 2011, 3:32 pm

I tried to update my iPhone 3GS and, even after downloading the update successfully to my PC, it refused upgrade the phone. So I tried to update my iPad 2 and, even after downloading the update successfully to my PC, it refused upgrade the tablet.

So not the seamless Apple-like performance I was hoping for.


October 13, 2011, 10:41 pm

Worked on the fourth attempt for me. The update was timing out with an error the first three times.

No I have it installed. I can't really tell what the fuss was about. Seems very lacklustre & safe. It about thime they gave the UI a complete overhaul & bring out a bigger screen.


October 13, 2011, 10:45 pm

Yes I had the dreaded "Error 3200" but after many attempts it finally upgraded my 3gs. Was also locked into "loading your apps", I just unplugged my iphone and the message went away, leaving me with an upgraded phone. Was well worth the effort, its like a new phone, love notifications, reminders works well (no location based reminders for me, its 4 and 4s only). icloud just works, i use it for reminders and find my iphone only as I am a great fan of gmail. weather now has hourly as well as day option. Photos can now be put into albums on the iphone. reading list in safari is cool but it is not cached so you still need wifi or 3g. reader in safari makes cluttered pages much easier to read, no pinching and scrolling left and right. built in dictionary is great, i can read an article from trusted reviews and understand all the long words. lots of other improvements....


October 14, 2011, 1:20 am

I suggest to those getting error messages click the more info button as apples help is actually surprisingly useful as I had a few windows updates to do. Did them restarted and am now happy : ) It worked for me and probably need to do them anyway - assuming your a windows 7 user.

Mark Horton

October 14, 2011, 2:46 am

Didn't have any problems, download was quick and update took a while, but no errors.

Jon Williamson

October 14, 2011, 1:08 pm

Not a seamless upgrade - my 3GS is still chuntering away after nearly 24 hours. It seems that if your memory is nearly full, and especially if you use the "convert higher bitrate tracks to 128kbps" option the phone becomes overfull in the process and you have to redo a lot of the isntallation manually.

Am finding it a rather frustrating process ... and am mulling WP7.5...


October 14, 2011, 1:27 pm

Why doesn't everyone just wait a week or so, when Apple servers are under less load. Would make the upgrade process less of a chore. Also any problems with upgrading etc, would then get fixed.

Jon Williamson

October 14, 2011, 1:38 pm

That, my friend, is a question I repeatedly ask myself.

Peter Humfryes

October 14, 2011, 3:03 pm

I downloaded and updated my 3Gs from my Mac and total time was about 40 mins but then we do have fibre optic broadband. No problems but the phone did have to reset and restart several times. The only issue was I lost all my sent and received emails which wasn't a major issue due to having them all on the system anyway. You don't get all the benefits of the new os on the 3Gs so it's not improved much for me but as I use it more I may see more of the benefits.

Jon Gilbert

October 14, 2011, 6:17 pm

Well I had no trouble updating mine and the wife's 3Gs's. The second one was notably slower but it came down, installed and restored the settings from a backup so all the apps were in their correct places. As for the iOS - I love it. iCloud is genius as is backing up to iTunes over wi-fi. Photostream is good too but I wish you could delete the images you don't want in there instead of waiting for 30 days to pass and purge them out.
You can also select your own text tones now (about time).
There's lots of extra features I keep finding and so far I'm very very happy. Thank you Apple!

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