Thursday, October 13, 2011

Apple iTunes 10.5 and iOS5 now available

Apple have just released iOS 5 to the general public for download. In order to install it on your iDevice, you'll need iTunes 10.5 which is also available for download from Apple. The download size for iOS 5 is just under 800MB, depending on the device you're updating. With iOS 5, you no longer need a computer to update your iDevices as everything is now done over the air and everything can now be backed up and restored onto your iDevice automatically using iCloud.

iOS 5 is said to include more than 200 new features. Here are a few to name…

- Notification Center - All your alerts. All in one place.
- iMessage – iPad and iPod touch join the conversation.
- Newsstand - A custom newsstand for all your subscriptions.
- Reminders - A better way to do to-dos.
- Twitter - Integrated right into iOS 5.
- Camera - Capture the moment at a moment’s notice. (Shutter button)
- Photos - Enhanced photo enhancements. (Edit, crop, auto-enhance, remove red-eye)
- Safari - Even better site-seeing. (Reader, reading list, private browsing)
- PC Free - Independence for all iOS devices.
- Mail - Feature set from a desktop mail app.
- Calendar - Share calendars with friends and family, and it keeps your events in sync on all your devices.
- Game Center - Profile pictures.
- Wi-Fi Sync - Wirelessly sync your iOS device to your Mac or PC over a shared Wi-Fi connection.
- Multitasking Gestures for iPad - iOS 5 includes a few new moves and shortcuts to help you get around even quicker on your iPad.
- AirPlay Mirroring - Wirelessly and securely stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV via Apple TV.
- Accessibility - LED flash and custom vibration settings let you see and feel when someone’s calling.

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Like everybody on the planet who was trying to update their iDevices to iOS 5 on the day of release, I was prompted with the update as soon as I had both iTunes started and the iDevice connected via the data-sync cable. The download of the firmware update took just over an hour to download (if you have a fast connection line that is). On the installation it failed giving me an error code of 3194. It said the iDevice is not authorised to install the update. Weird as I was given the prompt to download it in the first place in iTunes. Read that it could be due to a corrupt download of the file so I went into the iTunes cache and deleted the file.

For those running a Windows 7 configuration, your iTunes cache folder is in the Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\ then "IPhone Software Updates" folder for iPhone. If you’re updating an iPhone 4, delete the file named “iPhone3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw”. Then download again from the Apple Servers,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw using a Download Manager.

3-4 hours gone by (my guess is everyone is hammering the Apple Servers now to get the update), once finished I restarted iTunes and reconnected my iPhone and tried to install the update again. This time round it gave me a 3200 error code. Looked it up and the problem was that iTunes could not connect to the Apple signing servers. The first thing I did was to go into the hosts file and remove the line for if there is one there. Restarted iTunes and this time it updated it happily.

It took a while for it to update as it had to restore all of your apps, data, and settings. Once done though, just go through the setup process and just run through the Settings app to configure to your liking.

On review, I think the new software update is running fine. Battery seems to be draining slightly quicker than before but I hope after running the battery flat and do a cold restart will fix that issue.

Edit: Here is a list of official firmwares for all iDevices.

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4 GSM
  • iPhone 4 CDMA
  • iPad
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi
  • iPad 2,2 – GSM
  • iPad 2,3 – CDMA
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 4G
  • Apple TV2
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