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Apple’s iOS 5 Update Now Available For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
TechCrunch ^ | 10-12-11 | Greg Kumparak

Posted on 10/12/2011 12:42:56 PM PDT by TruthHound

After 128 days, 7 Beta releases, and 1 gold master, it’s finally arrived. iOS 5 has just been released to everyone (or at least, everyone with a compatible iOS device).

For those who hadn’t finagled their way into the developer Beta’s: 1) you’re a more patient human than I could ever hope to be, and 2) you’re in for a treat. This is the biggest update iOS has seen since the addition of the App Store, and it’s jam-packed full of good stuff.

The iOS 5 update is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA), iPod touch 3rd/4th generation, and the iPad/iPad 2. It’ll also come preloaded on the 4S, of course, when that device launches later this week.

It’s been a while since iOS 5 was announced to the world, so here’s a quick recap of some of the biggest features:

iCloud: Apple’s cloud-based content/data syncing service. Backs up your content, photos, etc. in the cloud for safe keeping, provides one-click access to redownloading all the apps you’ve ever purchased, etc.

iMessage: Apple’s free iOS-to-iOS messaging solution. SMS dies today. Notification Center: Apple has completely overhauled their old, antiquated alerts system. You now drag down from the top of the screen to see a drawer with all notifications.

Newstand: Bundles all of your e-magazine/newspaper subscriptions into one smart folder

Reminders: a new to-do/reminder system, complete with location-based alerts

Twitter Integration

Much improved Camera UX (You can access the camera with a double tap of the home button on the homescreen, and use the volume up key to take a photo)

Crazy simple photo editing (Cropping, rotating, red-eye reduction) within the Photo app

Over-the-air updates and PC-less device activation

Downloading the update is pretty simple: just plug in, pop into iTunes, tap on your device’s name in the left-hand navigation, and click the “Update” button found on the page that pops up. If you’re not seeing the update, give it a few minutes — the servers are getting hammered pretty hard right now.


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This is a very significant step in smartphone utility.
1 posted on 10/12/2011 12:43:00 PM PDT by TruthHound
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To: TruthHound

Looks like I know what I’ll be doing tonight.


2 posted on 10/12/2011 12:45:22 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: TruthHound

Downloaded it to my iPAD with no problems this morning...


3 posted on 10/12/2011 12:46:12 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: TruthHound

Updates today also to OS X lion (10.7.2), iPhoto (9.2), and AppleTV (4.4) for iCloud integration as well.

Throw in all of the apps with their iOS 5 compatibility/feature updates, and the servers are gonna be VERY busy for the next couple of days.


4 posted on 10/12/2011 12:46:12 PM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: TruthHound

Does the new “to do list” feature synchronize with MS exchange tasks? (like the e-mail and calendar do)?


5 posted on 10/12/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: TruthHound

Installed it on my iPad about an hour ago, and using it now.

I’ve downloaded the update for my iPhone, and will be applying it soon.


6 posted on 10/12/2011 12:49:54 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Beaten Valve

How long did it take to dl and install. at 3:45 its showing 3 hours...guess I will wait until I get home


7 posted on 10/12/2011 12:51:16 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: All

FYI This is quite a time-consuming process. You have to update iTunes before you can update your iPhone.

I was performing the iPhone update while I generated the original post and after about 10 minutes of thermometers, I got an error. “The iPhone “TruthHound’s iPhone” could not be restored. An internal error occurred.”

2nd attempt has also failed.

Phone is in same condition as when I started. Going through troubleshooting now.


8 posted on 10/12/2011 12:52:51 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Swordmaker

ping


9 posted on 10/12/2011 12:54:33 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: TruthHound

is it ever going to let you use your own ringtones for text messages/ email notifications, or are we still stuck with the crappy ones that come with it?


10 posted on 10/12/2011 12:58:00 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: absolootezer0

Excellent question that I’d love to be able to answer yes to.

Looks as though the install is working this time, but still not done. 4th time’s the charm *knock on silicone*.


11 posted on 10/12/2011 1:11:57 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Swordmaker

Ping


12 posted on 10/12/2011 1:12:54 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: TruthHound

Not till’ there’s a jailbreak!


13 posted on 10/12/2011 1:25:57 PM PDT by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: TruthHound

Awesome!

I always get excited when I hear of a newly released update for my iPad. Seems with every update, you get something that increases functionality in a meaningful way, along with any bug or security fixes.


14 posted on 10/12/2011 1:26:42 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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I had a similiar problem a few months ago. Windows 7 computer, iPod Nano.

I updated iTunes, then tried to update my iPod. The iPod got wiped, then didn't get updated properly. After that, the update process was stuck, and I couldn't get it to initialize.

I tried a number of things, including uninstalling iTunes and reinstalling to no avail. I examined all the iTunes drivers before and after, and it looked like the iTunes driver had reverted to a 2007 version. I had to reinstall my Windows 7 operating system and iTunes to finally rescue the iPod.

Anecdotal, but a word of caution. Good luck.

15 posted on 10/12/2011 1:26:58 PM PDT by vollmond (I'm an issues voter. If you're a Democrat, I've got issues.)
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To: absolootezer0

Okay, as far as I can tell, I still don’t have access to my own custom ringtones tor those alerts. They did add more to their provided sounds and allow you to buy more. Friggin Capitalists!


16 posted on 10/12/2011 1:41:51 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

FWIW servers are currently overloaded. Been bumped twice. I’ll try once tomorrow then wait ‘till next week. Enjoy the new OS!


17 posted on 10/12/2011 1:42:05 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: TruthHound

darn!
even my old palm could use custom ringtones.

altho, if you can buy them now, there’s gotta be a way to hack it.


18 posted on 10/12/2011 1:45:35 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: TruthHound

Same error message here on Verizon g4 nothing fixed. Updating to 10.7.2 to try again... Not apples best effort....


19 posted on 10/12/2011 1:55:05 PM PDT by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: absolootezer0

I love how you’re standing somewhere and hear “Ding Ding” and 5 people reach for their iPhones.


20 posted on 10/12/2011 2:05:15 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Breto

My guess? They’ll have to write a patch to optimize for Verizon.

No iOS5 for me today...
:-(


21 posted on 10/12/2011 2:21:37 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: absolootezer0

There are a few good, “Create your own ringtone,” apps out there.

I use, “DIY Ringtone,” and it works pretty good.


22 posted on 10/12/2011 2:27:50 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: Mugwump

Similar results here, for Lion.2. Next week will presumably be just as good.


23 posted on 10/12/2011 2:37:45 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Hmmm. This is getting weird. I had no problem with Lion 10.7.2 — at least the download. But now Safari’s acting all buggy (short delays, error messages on refresh which go away, and then the refresh happens. WTH?)

I’ll agree with another poster who said this wasn’t Apple’s best effort. They should have waited and got it right.


24 posted on 10/12/2011 2:43:42 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: All

FYI, just visited the message boards on Apple’s site. One user called Apple Care, and was informed that the servers are indeed overloaded. Their advice? Keep trying or wait ‘till later.


25 posted on 10/12/2011 3:01:23 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: absolootezer0

Go to myxer.com, click on “ringtones” then go to “tools”, make your own. You upload a music or text file from your computer and it allows you to drag through the song for the area you want to make a ringtone. I use it, my daughters use it, it’s great!


26 posted on 10/12/2011 3:10:25 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (C'mon Sarah! Game On!)
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To: Mugwump

Your lucky the update turned my totally stock, unhacked, not messed with, iPhone 4g into a BRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 10/12/2011 3:34:26 PM PDT by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: TruthHound; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ...
Apple iOS 5 update now available through iTunes for your iPhones and iPads—PING!


Apple iOS 5 now available PING!!

Please, No Flame Wars
Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!
Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

28 posted on 10/13/2011 1:22:47 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

Safari has TABS! WooooHoooo! What a relief!


29 posted on 10/13/2011 2:57:38 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: TruthHound

Apples server are getting hammered. The error, which seems to happen while in the backup phase, does not represent a problem with backup, but rather it can’t connect to get verification of the update. Keep trying.

Make sure you’ve done a full complete transfer purchases/backup/sync -FIRST!

I wish apple did a better job with error dialogs.

I still have to go back and restore all my apps now. Music and photos, as well as other data transferred, but not my old apps.

They took away my 1st gen iPad gestures I’ve been running with all summer. Grrrr!

Not using iCloud, but I like that it does a wireless WI-Fi sync now.

Haven’t touched my 3GS phone. I’ll wait till I get the pad sorted out.


30 posted on 10/13/2011 3:36:40 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: RandallFlagg; melissa_in_ga

i can make my ringtones right from itunes, it’s pretty simple to do. it’s the text/ email/ notification sounds that i haven’t figured out.


31 posted on 10/13/2011 4:31:27 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: absolootezer0
Custom sounds Ever since the introduction of custom ringtones—heck, maybe even before that—iPhone users have clamored for the ability to set custom sounds for text messages, calendar reminders, and so on. Apple’s finally acquiesced: In iOS 5 you can assign custom sounds for texts, voicemails, new mail, sent mail, tweets, calendar alerts, and reminder alerts. And not only can you choose from Apple’s included sounds, but you can import your own by dropping them into iTunes, just as you would a custom ringtone.
32 posted on 10/13/2011 10:41:02 AM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: All

Best roundup I have read so far of all that is iOS 5.
http://www.macworld.com/article/162962/2011/10/ios_5_review_ambitious_update_rings_in_the_changes.html


33 posted on 10/13/2011 10:42:59 AM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: circlecity
"Does the new “to do list” feature synchronize with MS exchange tasks? (like the e-mail and calendar do)?"

Yes.

34 posted on 10/13/2011 10:49:29 AM PDT by mlo
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To: Chipper

wo0ho0!! thanks!

i’ll be dl/ing iOS 5 tonight :)


35 posted on 10/13/2011 10:52:17 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: TruthHound
Phone is in same condition as when I started. Going through troubleshooting now.

I had the same happen...I just restarted the phone...restarted my PC (after installing the latest iTunes of course) and tried it again and it upgraded fine. Using it now now and lots of nice changes...

36 posted on 10/13/2011 2:37:26 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("The number one goal in life is to parent yourself" Carl Jung)
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To: Niteflyr

The texting between the iPhone and iPad is amazing, I just hope it’s free, lol!


37 posted on 10/13/2011 9:27:38 PM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: cmsgop
The texting between the iPhone and iPad is amazing, I just hope it’s free, lol!

If the message bubble and send buttons are blue it's free...if green you pay your carrier...:oP


38 posted on 10/14/2011 12:01:48 AM PDT by Niteflyr ("The number one goal in life is to parent yourself" Carl Jung)
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