Waiting Is the Only Way to Avoid the iOS 5 Upgrade Problems

Upgraders are encountering issues from slow updates to bricked phones

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Apple just can't get this iOS upgrading thing quite right. From slow downloads, to broken phones, users trying to update to the latest iPhone operating system have encountered issues and have headed to Apple's message boards to wallow. Most of the issues stemmed from overloaded servers, which has happened to Apple during previous upgrades, but others are experiencing a host of other problems post-upgrade. After a couple of days, Apple's servers have since calmed down, reports Information Week's Eric Zeman, but some are lingering. Here's a rundown of how to avoid all the possible problems you might encounter while getting the new operating system, which while problematic, is worth the hassle.

Error 3200

While updating many encountered a foreboding an Error 3200 message. Don't freak out. This is happening because all the other eager iOS updaters have overloaded Apple's servers, according to The Guardian. And it just means the update hasn't been installed on your phone. There are two ways to dodge this one. Gizmodo's Roberto Baldwin has a workaround that involves downloading iOS directly from Apple. But, that option won't work for everyone. So there's another full proof tactic: Hold your upgrading horses. Apple's servers can't handle you. Don't upgrade right this moment.

Bricked Phones

Some have hit a much scarier snag, continues Zeman. "In addition to complaints of failed updates, those people who have updated successfully report lost/deleted applications and, worse, bricked phones," he explains. A couple of fixes: "For those whose phones were wiped or frozen, many found that resetting the device and restoring it from the back-up files on their computers took care of most of the problems," explains The Washington Post's Hayley Tsukayama. Or, to save yourself some trouble, do a pre-upgrade back-up, continues Tsukayama. "You can do this manually by control-clicking or right-clicking your iPhone, iPod or iPad in iTunes and selecting “Back Up.” In the event you run into some problems, you can get back your information by choosing ”Restore from Backup” in the same menu."

While these fixes work for now, the only way to avoid all problems: Abstinence.

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