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iPod Touch upgraded to iOS 5 is "waiting for changes to be applied"

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RDewAU93 Calculating status...
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Oct 12, 2011 9:09 PM

OK, first it took several hours to actually get the update. Yes, it's understandable considering the millions of users attempting to update their devices on the same day. Well now mine has the update, but then I got hit with the XXGB of "other" storage that supposedly was cured by one of any number of restores. Well now my iTunes (10.5 running on WinXP SP3) can indeed see my iPod Touch (3rd gen, 32GB) and properly shows how much of each data type I have. The problem is now this ...


The iPod is asking me to re-connect the iPod to iTunes. I do so, it runs through the sync/backup procedure, then ends. However, the iPod is still acting like it hasn't been fully set up; in other words, it still wants me to connect to iTunes, like something isn't finished yet. On iTunes, the final step says "waiting for changes to be applied". Is it waiting on input from me, from Apple's servers, the great beyond? Any ideas appreciated.

iPod touch, Windows XP
  • AnotherMacUser Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Same problem here with my iPhone 4. It's stuck on final step "Waiting for the changes to be applied".  I was able to upgrade to iOS 5 but when I tried to sync again to change a setting, I got stuck here. :-(

  • Blocker1 Calculating status...

    I also have this problem. I'm totally updated to IOS5 except my books disappeared from the ibooks app. I'm trying to sync them back on but itunes stays on the message you are both getting. Very frustrating. Anyone know how to fix this?

  • thomasfromglendora Calculating status...

    Just updated my iPad to ios 5 and my iphone has been on GM for a few days now. Both synced normally earlier today but both are now having this exact issue (stuck on "waiting for changes to be applied"). I've tried several times, restarted both devices and the computer and let it go for about 2 hours while I watched a movie with no difference. Guessing is stuck on Apple's end, but why?

  • loulou123 Calculating status...

    Happened to me too in update to ios5 and all my files and apps are erased (appear to be in library) and ipod won't sync.  HELP!!!!!

  • AnotherMacUser Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    RDew, it's good to know that it's working after the restore. I suspect I'll need to do the same with my iPhone 4. I'll lose my Angry Birds levels too, plus all the saved NY Times articles I never get around to reading. I'll copy over the handful of photos still on my iPhone and then do a full restore. Hopefully I won't lose anything in the process.


    It's probably a good idea to do a full restore every so often anyway.

  • Blocker1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So I'm doing a restore at the moment and still getting the same message. Apple I want the last 24 hours of my life back please.

  • edrift3d Calculating status...

    Tried it twice now with my iphone 4. Both times stuck on last step. All of my icons are showing up for my apps, bu they all say "waiting" and itunes is just spinning saying waitng for changes to be applied.


    So did you do a wipe from inside the phone? I did a restore and then a restore as  new phone.

  • mrznehabieber14 Calculating status...

    I'm also having this problem with my iPhone 4 /:

  • AnotherMacUser Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Epilogue to my earlier posts:

    After trying everything I could think of to fix this problem, I gave up and did a full restore. Then I spent an hour re-setting up my phone (mail accounts, logging back into all my different apps, many of which I forgot the password, moving the apps into folders, etc.).


    The bad:

    • Setting everything up again.
    • I lost my Notes. I forgot to save them before doing the restore, and I can't figure out where they sync to.
    • I lost all my local data for any apps. For example, I had a lot of saved articles on NYTimes. Oh well. If you have a lot of local data for games or other things, this could be a problem for you.
    • All the non-standard words that the iPhone spell checker remembered for me over the past two years are now gone and will need to be re-remembered. I have a new appreciation for the iPhone's intelligent spell checker now that all my custom words are gone.


    The good:

    • Everything works now, including syncs
    • I could swear the phone is faster now than it was on iOS 4.x; after originally upgrading to iOS 5, things were slow and glitchy. I must have just had a Vista-like upgrade. Some of this can probably be attributed to iOS 5 and perhaps some of it because of the restore flushing out any gunk that accumulated over the years.
    • It is probably a good idea to do a refresh like this every so often. I think I've been carrying around the same data since I bought a 3GS 2+ years ago.
  • thomasfromglendora Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also did a restore after waiting for this issue to "go away" on its own. After restoring my backup, everything syncs & transfers normally again. Odd issue (it was happening on my iphone4 and 4s) but it's gone now.

  • coordinate Calculating status...

    This might help -- I had the same problem upgrading to iOS 5 on a iPhone 4 -- it got stuck on step 6 or 6 every time, waiting for change to be applied.

    I remembered from a previous iOS upgrade that Voice Memos didn't sync quite right and tied up synching between old and new iOS versions of Memos...  the solution then was to either delete the voice memos on in iTunes or on the phone (can't remember which).

    So I deleted all my Voice Memos on the phone and in iTunes, and the syncs work fine now. 

  • KibbyCabbit Calculating status...

    I can't express how grateful I am by reinstalling iTunes as per advice by my buddy. I just install over existing copy. My sync just got working!

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