iOS 5 download: Countdown to readiness, jailbreak issues

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 12, 2011

Getting ready for the iOS 5 download in time should be pretty simple, and following on from our posts on the iOS 5 countdown, we wanted to touch on what to do when things have gone a little wrong with your Apple device.

You may have seen that iTunes 10.5 has gone live and maybe that software is already installed on your system, which means you are ready and waiting for the iOS 5 update to go live for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch then you find out the device is bricked, or in our case on a developer device, the software would not restore, or enter normal running mode.

In most cases this would mean your device is bricked, but there is no need to worry as in most cases it’s pretty easy to get fixed and ready for the pending update.

If you try and reset and nothing works, turn off your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Then hold down the home button and with it still pressed, connect to a computer and you’ll see your iDevice enter DFU mode. You should be able to restore now without any problems. If you’re looking for the iOS 5 download time then we recommend you check out our earlier post that shows you how to find out the moment it goes live.

This checklist will also help you get ready. Are you hitting the update button a lot to see if the update is live yet, or are you using social networks? In most most cases a simple jailbreak problem or bricked device can be fixed with the above tip, but if you know another way feel free to share. Apple iPhone 3GS users may want to read how this device gets a new lease of life with the new software, thanks to some pretty cool results in tests.

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