Apple iOS 5 Launches, but Download Issues Plague Upgraders
Apple iOS 5 has finally hit the general public, so iPhone owners can now upgrade to the latest and greatest iOS version. But along with iOS 5, Apple has launched a few extra goodies. Here’s the scoop on some sweet tidbits along with a few sour grapes …
In case you forgot, the iOS 5 upgrade includes a new notification system, a BBM-style messaging system called iMessage, wireless synching with iTunes, iCloud integration, systemwide Twitter integration, a slew of new apps including Newstand, and a special Reminder application with a geo-fence alert system. But there’s more: Apple has launched a few extra goodies, some of which were announced during the iPhone 4S launch, and some of which are completely new:
- Apple’s Find Friends: Essentially Google Latitude for iPhone users, you can now ‘spy’ on your fellow iPhone-toting friends and see where they’re at and what they’re up to.
- Apple’s new iTunes Movie Trailers app: Apple.com/trailers used to be a hot spot for watching upcoming movie trailers before IMDB became the repository for all things cinema. But Apple has looked to rekindle some of that love, while also adding movie theater locations and times with the iTunes Movie Trailers application.
- Apple Cards app: Design a greeting card on your iPhone or iPad. Pay a few bucks, and Apple will print up a physical version of the card, mail and track that card for you until it reaches the front door of the recipient. Apple has provided similar publishing features in iPhoto, but with Cards, you can go from photo snap to mailing to grandma in about a minute.
- Text message alert tones: Finally, you can get access to more text message noises than the standard selection. Even jailbreaking to change this was a pain in the butt, so it’s nice to see Apple open a storefront to buy or download free tones to spice up the iPhone’s notification suite. I’ve seen way too many people grab their phones after the infamous and ubiquitous “tritone” alert goes off.
Getting your hands on all these nice new features, however, has been a bit of a hassle. Likely because of all the pent-up demand, users have experienced some issues upgrading to iOS 5, instead receiving the dreaded “Error 3200.” It’s speculated this is a result of Apple’s servers getting hit hard by activation requests. There’s also been some various issues reported by users including long download time for updates, both iOS 5 and OS X 10.7.2 (which is required for iCloud use). If you rely on your iPhone for mission-critical activities, push your complete OS X and iOS 5 update to the weekend.