Oops, looks like updating to iOS 5 is not going so swimmingly just now. I got the error shown above when trying to update my iPhone 4. It appears Apple’s servers are overwhelmed at least temporarily by the demand for this update, as there are plenty of folks on Twitter and elsewhere complaining about either […]
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iOS 5 Updates Failing, Going Backup Crazy

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Oops, looks like updating to iOS 5 is not going so swimmingly just now. I got the error shown above when trying to update my iPhone 4. It appears Apple’s servers are overwhelmed at least temporarily by the demand for this update, as there are plenty of folks on Twitter and elsewhere complaining about either servers being unavailable or incredibly slow updating.

Another not so nice thing about this update process is that it is forcing a backup each time you try to update. I started out this afternoon by doing a full backup and sync of the iPhone 4 just a couple minutes before trying the update. It still started its update process with a backup. I tried using the Stop button next to the backup status, but this stopped the whole update process. Then I let the backup go all the way through and got the error shown above when the update failed. And when I asked it to update again afterwards, it insisted on doing yet another backup.

I don’t recall the iOS update process being quite this dumb in the past. Despite having at least two full backups done within less than an hour from the time hitting the Update button it keeps wanting to do another. Oh, and did I mention that the backups are also, as usual, painfully slow.

I’m glad my iPad 2 already has the iOS 5 gold master on it, as it looks like the update is going to be more than a bit slow this afternoon / evening.

Good luck with yours.

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