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TechFrenzy Level 1 (15 points)

I just wanted to get an idea of how many users are not having any updating issues.  I am waiting to update my iphone 4 to iOS 5, and I want to be sure before I take the plunge.

  • crh24 Level 3 (920 points)

    There is no definitive method to determine if any particular iDevice will have a problem updating--there are just too many variables--and however any particular user answers your question isn't likely to change that.  You roll the dice and take your chances.


    For myself I've updated 6 iDevices without a problem but I do know that many (just read the forums) did have and are continuing to have problems with the update to iOS5.


    I use an iMac to update my iDevices.  I always make sure I have the latest version of iTunes.  I always make sure that my iDevice have no actively executing apps.  I always repair permissions and then reboot just before the update.  Have any of these been necessary or even helped--I can't say--but I can say that by using this technique I have moved iDevices from 2.x to 3.x to 4.x to 5.x and never had a problem with the update.

  • Eric Ross Level 6 (11,665 points)

    I have done two of my iPhones 3Gs (on Windows 7) and 4 (on Mac OS X 7) without any problems.  What I do before any updates is to prepare my computer by making sure I have the last version of iTunes installed.  Then I restart the computer, I prepare my iPhone by closing all of my open apps, double click the home button to open the multi-task window and then hold you finger on a app until it starts to wiggle and a red minus sign shows up in the left top corner tap the minus sign on all open apps to close them.  Then I restart the iPhone by holding down the on/off and the home buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo.  Then I make sync the phone one more time.  After the sync I start the upgrade process. 

  • dmbarnes5 Level 1 (0 points)

    No luck here. I can't get my phone to update to the new OS. Our Apple TV (2nd gen) also needs reset. I wouldn't get your hopes up. Out of three phones, two updated, mine didn't. No help from Apple on the update either. Mine sits at the backup phase and never seems to go anywhere.


    I have a 4g phone, my husband's is 4g, and my dad's is 3gs. I'm on Win7, husband is on a mac, and dad's is on a windows system. I think win7, but 32-bit.

  • tonefox Level 6 (9,065 points)

    They're not going to be queuing up to reassure you in a forum dedicated to people having problems (mostly self-inflicted) with their phones. If all your software, both phone and computer, is up to date, and you have no unresolved problems with either (which will NOT be resolved by new operating systems), just do it.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 (15,840 points)

    No issues here.

  • tonefox Level 6 (9,065 points)

    There is no "4g" iPhone. If you have a problem, you are on delicate ground if you cannot identify the model of iPhone which you own. 


    The update to iOS 5 can easily take two hours or more, the slowest part of the procedure being the backup phase. Try not watching it.

  • dmbarnes5 Level 1 (0 points)

    Duh! Yeah, we have the 4. Have had all the phones, so I'm getting them confused now. I didn't expect the backup to take that long, and this is the first time I've been told it would. I backed it up last Saturday and it took no time, so I expected the same this go around. I've seen some people say they left theirs on all night and the backup didn't work. I'll give it a try, but my phone is rarely able to be connected to my laptop for a full 2 hours or more, even at night. That's pretty much why I have an be mobile! Thanks for the tip!

  • TechFrenzy Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks for the replies and advice guys.  I should have mentioned that I used Windows 7 along with the latest version of itunes as well.  I am still going to wait 2 more weeks or so before updating.

  • bbfc Level 3 (850 points)

    Why wait? Unless Apple relase iOS 5.0.1 or something then waiting 2 more weeks will make no difference at al.

    I have NEVER had any issues updating my iPhone (iPhone 3GS to iOS 4, and iPhone 4 to iOS 5). But every user is different.

  • GJBPA Level 1 (50 points)

    I had an IPhone 4 and updated it with IOS5 on October 12th. The update went fine and the OS was working perfectly for the 2 days that I had the phone because now I have the 4S.

  • dmbarnes5 Level 1 (0 points)

    Because waiting a few days or weeks allows Apple to work through the bugs. They released a new

    update a few days ago for the 2nd gen Apple TV, for example. They quickly pulled it once they realized that it reset a few of the boxes, like mine, and put out a new release. Unfortunately I didn't get the memo about the bad release and now I can't get the box to sync to iTunes like they instructed to reset it. I'm left with a nice Apple paperweight.

  • Cour1989 Level 1 (25 points)

    I had some typical Apple server problems. It would time out and I would have to restart. But I got through and it updated fine and is still working fine as we speak.

  • TechFrenzy Level 1 (15 points)

    Update complete with no problems at all.  Only took me about 25 min. from start to finish.

  • Eric Ross Level 6 (11,665 points)

    Great! have fun with iOS 5

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