This was how I did the last update Over The Air (OTA)
2. Download and Install
3. Agree to Terms and Conditions
4. Apple Logo and progress bar
5. Black screen
6. Apple Logo
7. Apple Logo and progress bar
8. Apple Logo
9. Slide to unlock
10. Tap "Continue"
11. Enter password for iCloud
12. Update completed; you can start using iPad
A few things you should do in preparation for software update:
1. Backup your iPad to iTune and iCloud (double insurance)
2. Charge your battery
3. Close all apps in the Task Bar
4. Set Auto-Lock to "Never"
5. Have iTune (computer) on standby in case you have to go into Recovery Mode
If you normally sync to a computer, hook the iPad to your computer, open iTUnes. Click on the name of your device, do a full sync and backup, then download the update and let iTunes do its work.
Since doing it via iTUnes downloads the whole operating system as a single bundle, it may take up to an hour (depending on your internet speed) to download and install the update.
Neither way is better than the other, just two different ways to accomplish the same goal.
If you try to update today, be patient. You'll be one of millions of people all trying to access the same files.
You only hook to the computer if your current IOS is below 5.0
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2013 5:38 AM (in response to LexSchellings)
BUt you are downloading a much larger file. Traditionally, the OTA update is just what's changing and it's usually smaller in file size, while an iTunes download is the whole operating system and in the past has been 700-800 megs.
No way is intrinsically better than the other, usually it's a matter of preference. I don't use iCloud and prefer to keep my backup files on my computer, so I do it via iTUnes (or will this evening when I get home from work) and updating two devices (a 5G touch and iPad 2) will probably take me a couple of hours. But since I also do a full sync and backup before downloading the iOS, if something goes wrong, I have a backup handy to restore from.
However others have always done their updates OTA since it became an option with iOS5 and much prefer to do it that way.
Potato/potatoah, matter of personal preference.
If you have an iPad 1, the max iOS is 5.1.1. For newer iPads, the current iOS is 6.1.3. The Settings>General>Software Update only appears if you have iOS 5.0 or higher currently installed.
iOS 5: Updating your device to iOS 5 or Later
How to install iOS 6
iOS: How to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
If you are currently running an iOS lower than 5.0, connect the iPad to the computer, open iTunes. Then select the iPad under the Devices heading on the left, click on the Summary tab and then click on Check for Update.
Tip - If connected to your computer, you may need to disable your firewall and anitvirus software temporarily. Then download and install the iOS update. Be sure and backup your iPad before the iOS update. After you update an iPad (except iPad 1) to iOS 6.x, the next update can be installed via wifi (i.e., not connected to your computer).
Tip 2 - If you're updating via wifi, place your iPad close to your router to preclude getting a corrupted download.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to Texas Mac Man)
Tom, Skydiver, Lex, and Davionex - very grateful for the useful pointers.
SInce I want to also dump my photos from iPad (many duplicates) , think I'llgo the iTunes route and get a cleaner version of my photo gallery.
Thank you all once again. Kind of you to share your expertise.