Apple iOS 5 from grrrrr to purrrr

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Well as most have heard Apple came out with their new iPhone last week. I was looking forward to the new iPhone 5 and disappointed when it was revealed as the 4S. Seems funny to me Apple let the iPhone 5 rumor build when in fact they planned the 4S.  It was just released here in Canada this week, there were folk lined up hours before electronic stores opened awaiting their new iPhone. As for Julie and I we bailed on the iPhone frenzy and picked up some months ago the iPhone 4. Our iPhone 3S's had seen better days and it was time to upgrade. So that brings me back to the new iOS 5 that Apple released last week. I checked it out and it will work on our iPads and iPhone 4 as well. There is improved features for text messaging, I would no longer have to dock to iTunes to get updates, improved camera,  a storage area called iCloud, some minor changes in the email and calender...these are but some of
the new things with iOS 5. Off I went to iTunes to get the update all went I thought. I then restarted my iPhone and ALL my purchased app's were GONE.....all music......GONE and email......GONE!!!!!
Great update eh.....iTunes would allow me to go back to the old OS so I logged in but was told that someone was already using that password and username!!!! At that point I started to do what I only heard others doing..."talking to my PC"  it was not the warm fuzzy's I was conveying either!!!! Well it was getting late and I tried other ways to get into iTunes but nothing and it was time for bed. Home from work the next day and feeling refreshed I started again. I ended up changing the password and username went back to the old OS. After rebooting the iPhone all was still lost in Apple space, time for Apple support. That is another treat trying to find a phone number for support. It found a support number and off on another Mac adventure. To keep it short and sweet Apple support was FANTASTIC all my app's and music were restored, the iOS 5 was re-installed and working great. Finally my password and username was restored as well!
All better....thanks Apple care
Apple support = PURRRRRRRRRR
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

10 Responses to “Apple iOS 5 from grrrrr to purrrr”

  • K4TOJ - Tom:

    iOS 5 was a different update from what I’ve experienced in the past. With the sync over WiFi, it actually repopulated the apps, music, etc which seemed to take longer than previous updates. The odd thing to me was how it was updating while I could use the phone. That, come to find out, is pretty cool!

  • VE3WDM-Mike:

    Good afternoon Tom, Thanks for the comment and yes this update is very cool. I too like the idea of how it updates. I hope there is more to come in the area of coolness.

  • Goody K3NG:

    The iPhone 5 is still in the works. They couldn’t fit the current 4G chip in the existing form factor. They decided to wait until the next chip release rather than release a thicker iPhone 5.

    My iPad iOS 5 upgrade was a bit painful. All my apps got blown away and application groups were gone. I had to futz with iTunes to get the apps back. All is well now.

  • VE3WDM-Mike:

    Goody I heard from Apple support that lots are having the same issues. Maybe in the very near future there will be a update to solve this issue. A smooth transition to the new OS would be a bonus for Apple.

  • Michael KG0E:

    Has nothing to do with real radio. Maybe you can find an icrap blog.

  • VE3WDM-Mike:

    Good evening Michael, that’s true it really does not have much to do with “real radio”…but there is an app where I can control my Elecraft K3 (real radio) from my iPhone. There are many app’s that allow me to improve my CW as well. So with the improved OS and my advice on what to do when it does not install as it should other ham’s with iPhones are helped. Oh and the android’s and Blackberry are excellent phones as well. But Micheal do visit my blog were you will find radio related stuff and your input is appreciated and thanks very much for stopping by.

  • Goody K3NG:

    That’s funny, my iPhone contains no less than three radios simultaneously in operation: a 3G transceiver, a Bluetooth transceiver, and a Wifi transceiver. It even sends me CW when I get a call. Sounds like a real radio to me. All that’s missing is crusty old men talking.

  • Matt W1MST:

    Not to worry… you can use your iphone to read many of those right here. 😮

  • Great link Chad I am passing it along to my wife. She is updating her IPhone and IPad.

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